One of the fun things that I have wanted to do for a while is to get a little more specific on our studio lighting.  The goal is to develop some new lighting styles for us to use in the studio. The secondary goal is to work on lighting schemes that require no adjustment in post processing – ie, getting it right out of the camera!  Then we can document the styles with models and lighting diagrams so that they can be shown to clients and then reproduced on a session day.

Here we have Mr A.  For this look I wanted to create a somewhat low-key lighting feel, but I also wanted to make sure that the face and upper body was well lit.  I also wanted to have good separation from the subject and the background with good definition of his shoulders/arms.  And gosh does he have good definition 😉

 Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

The shots above were my final photographs, no post adjustments, apart from de-saturating the black & white versions.  The only thing I would change would be to reduce the hot spot a little on top of his head, but we ran out time for that.   The shots below were some progression shots as the lighting scheme evolved 😉

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting