A chat thread about conceptualizing lighting styles
Yesterday I wrote about creating a lighting scheme that fits the tone and feel of a story, in which I chose to use a soft green light to exaggerate the feel of hospital lighting. I thought I would open up the floor to questions about conceptualizing light for a project or story.
Do you have a lighting set-up you would like to discuss? Or are there any questions you have about using flash or choosing light?
I’ll post answers to questions on Monday.
Since I’ve started fallowing you I’ve noticed you choke your lights with a snoot, cinefoil or soft grids a lot. I like the approach and technique you use but maybe you could tell us how you’ve arrived to this technique as this would be your look moving forward.
The last post made me be interested to hear of any 'lighting the story' workshops you would run in Sydney.
I don't know if it's too late to post a question, but on the off chance that it isn't, I'm curious about how you start dialing in camera settings once you do have a concept in mind, as in your quarantine self-portrait. I'm really interested in mixing ambient with flash/strobe. With strobe, I know shutter speed has a significant effect on the ambient light; how does that differ when working with a continuous light source when mixed with ambient & natural light? Does it? To again reference your recent self-portrait, you stopped down 2 stops to have the look and feel of indeterminate time, and so I think went from f2.8 to f5.6 and the 1/30 must've remained. Would 1/125 at ff2.8 have given you a very similar look, but you knew that you didn't want a very shallow depth of field? Do you start with the aperture and work from there, or does it differ scenario to scenario? As always, thank you so much, Adam!
In what circumstances do you use synthetic light outdoors and how?