beauty lighting and drama lighting


Recently I had the pleasure of doing a shoot with Amanda, a very experienced model who has worked in New York, Milan and Paris for some big name fashion companies. She is a real pro and a lovely woman. We shot a variety of different looks, but today’s post will just cover some of the headshots. My friend Maria Dominici did the makeup.  Her work, as always, is outstanding.

Faithful followers of this blog will recall other posts about beauty lighting,  sometimes called Oil of Olay lighting.  The image above was set up with a softbox just behind Amanda, with her head actually resting on the light cover.  Above the camera, aimed down at Amanda at a 45 degree angle, was a light in a “beauty dish,”  a parabolic reflector that is often used in fashion shots.  Finally, we had a white reflector just under her chin, to bounce some light back into her face.  Notice how the light behind her wraps around her cheeks and neck. This is a very flattering look overall.

Here’s the black and white version:

We also shot a very different lighting setup, aiming for a much more dramatic feel. In this image, we had one light in a softbox to camera right, almost at a 90 degree angle. The idea is to show a progression of light, from the brightest tones  on one side of the face to the darkest on the other side.  We also had a small light on the left side, aimed toward the background, to light it up a bit. This put a hint of light on the edge of her cheek on the dark side, a nice touch which also provides some separation of the face from the background.

And, finally, here’s the black and white version of this image. As always, I’d welcome any comments or questions, either posted on the blog or by email. Thanks for being here!


3 Responses to “beauty lighting and drama lighting”

  1. February 15, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Brother Blake You are just getting better and better. did see one of the Spopwith Camels in florida during my days in the Navy aircorps back in 44. Blessings Clatk

  2. 2 sally johnson
    February 18, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Great work, Blake! ox

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