Once again, my patient mannequin is roped in to assist. The lighting set up is simple as shown in the diagram below. This diagram shows multiple reflectors, as they were used in different stages, as well as the two lighting sources, a bare flash (Speedlite) and a softbox.
- bare flash - ISO 100, f/22, 1/125 sec; and
- softbox - ISO 100, f16, 1/125 sec
|Bare flash Softbox|
The following sequence demonstrating shadow fill, making use of reflectors all use the softbox as the light source. Apart from the silver foil sequence, I used a commercial, generic, 5-in-1 reflector obtained from Warehouse Express (wex) at a photo show. As the silver foil behaves differently to the material, I used that in preference.
|White 1 m White 1/2 m|
|Matt Shiny Crumpled|
Arranging the shots in order of greatest shadow / contrast to least, I have created the above, with greatest top left, running along top row to bottom row least as bottom right.
The results are:
- white at 1 metre;
- crumpled shiny foil;
- shiny foil;
- matt foil;
- white at 1/2 metre.
Out of interest, I repeated the exercise using the bare flash. The net effect is much the same, taking into account the harsher light and therefore higher contrast, particularly evident in the main sharply defined shadow line running across the head.
How to control & use photographic lighting - David Brooks
Portrait Photography, Secrets of Posing & Lighting - Mark Cleghorn