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Simple lighting for portraits

Simple lighting for portraits - Chris Burfoot AMPA ASWPP shows us a simple lighting set-up that really works.

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portrait cover shotThis stunning shot was taken using the “Butterfly” technique. It has to be the simplest set-up ever - and gives great results! The shot was actually taken on one of my lighting courses and was the first time I had used the new Elinchrom Dlite2 units. The main light was fitted with an 85cm Silver umbrella and placed in the butterfly position - in front and above Laura. A silver reflector panel was placed underneath Laura’s head to reflect light into the shadows.
Both can be seen in the reflections in the eyes. A second D-Lite 2 was fitted with a snoot and placed behind to the left. The main light was set to give an exposure of f8 at 100 ISO, and the snoot was set to give half a stop more to create that lovely highlight on the hair and back.

Creating a cover shot with Chris Burfoot
The lighting set-up used.

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User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
2 Sep 2009 6:36PM

Quote:was taken using the “Butterfly” technique on the previous page.

What previous page..???

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Diana Plus
11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
20 Sep 2009 10:13PM
how annoying this is nothing to do with using flash at night
This started off quite simple and inviting but there was a sudden cut to the butterfly position on line No. 5 without any explanation how we got there. If there was a simple side elevation diagram that would help Immensely. Especially for us first timers!

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