Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/08/26

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Subject: [Leica] Flat lighting and perverts
From: locke at (Greg Locke)
Date: Thu Aug 26 12:43:52 2004

OK we are talking about stage craft and theatrical lighting.

1/ more directional
2/more contrasty (harsh)

Ditch the even balance lighting.(forget softboxes)

With the suspended subject try one light directly from above  

The fire shot was ruined by the back light.
Use the fire light supplemented with some orange gelled to "boost" from the
same direction of from beneath.

...but beyond the lighting thing the problem (as pointed out by others) is
that there is no "umph".
It looks static. The subjects are working to hard to co-operate... No
tension or drama.

It needs to "look" less contrived and set up.

Go back to your earlier goth girls and look at the more harsh light you were
Yeah, that's a studio shot too but for a brief second it causes you to pause
in doubt.

Why? The lighting looks uncontrolled and the models are not "trying to

If you can switch one of you lights to half power, try tha and throw a
colour gel on it.
Go for shallower DOF to cut down on the form distractions.


...comprende vous?

Greg Locke
St. John's, Newfoundland

--TRINITY Photographic Workshops--
     September 3 -5, 2004
  at The Artisan Inn, Trinity 

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