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By dudler  
Having got versions up, here's the story.

I know David through church: he does a lot to support the place in various ways, including playing in the music group. Character portrait, I thought.

Occasionally, people ask about lighting. So the final version is a general view of my front room yesterday.

Black cloth backdrop. Two lights with honeycombs well to the side and slightly back. One softbox at low power bounced off the wall for fill. Pointed directly at David, it provided too much light, making the picture a more conventional portrait.

A good bit of fiddling around to get all the flash units to trigger, and get relative light outputs right.


Tags: Studio flash Low key Clarinet Portraits and people

Voters: lostrita, peterjay80, Howard2 and 49 more


Howard2 3 2 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2018 11:02AM
mod1 for me - and I appreciate your look behind the camera for lighting setup. Fiddly certainly - and worth it all.

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28 Nov 2018 11:05AM
Definitely interesting to read and see your layout of the lighting John.
And I like the fact that it has a strong shadows and is not a 'conventional' portrait

By the way, I think the colour version is the best Wink
My award.

mac Plus
17 1 Scotland
28 Nov 2018 11:19AM
A lot of work and skill has produced a top-level portrait.
28 Nov 2018 11:27AM
Great portrait I like them all, but prefer the colour version. Thanks for the last version and lighting info,
bliba Plus
13 2 Austria
28 Nov 2018 11:39AM
a great set .....good to see the lighting setup
JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2018 11:42AM
A splendid set
and I bet Mrs D loves all that equipment in the living room!!!
28 Nov 2018 11:58AM
My favorite is version 1Grin Klaus
kaybee 15 6.6k 26 Scotland
28 Nov 2018 12:34PM
Nicely done.
Me being me I like no.2
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2060 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2018 12:41PM
He's concentrating on his hands, so are we. Hands can be so expressive.
Yes the lighting set-up is as I expected. Push it a bit further and you can get rather sinister results...
Irishkate Plus
8 41 115 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2018 12:55PM
So much more to portraiture than meets the eye - I like David in his blues.
mistere Plus
6 4 3 England
28 Nov 2018 1:27PM
A lovely portrait of your friend and 2 equally lovely versions.
Thanks for V3, very timely and very helpful Smile

8 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2018 1:28PM
Excellent portraiture John.

Thanks for sharing the set up.

Regards as always NathanGrinGrinGrin
28 Nov 2018 1:39PM
the lead image works great for me
saltireblue Plus
9 9.4k 35 Norway
28 Nov 2018 3:37PM
The lead for me too, John. Very interesting to see and read about your lighting set-up.
Are the lights strobes?

dudler Plus
15 876 1494 England
28 Nov 2018 3:54PM
Yes, the lights are, specifically, mains-powered flash units, with modelling lamps. They are infinitely easier to work with than 'speedlites' (or cameratop flashguns, as I prefer to call them!). With a darkened room and modelling lamps set to 'proportional' they make the sort of fine adjustment this needed far easier than working without modelling lamps.

I usually arrange to take pictures while Mrs Dudler's out, so that she doesn't suffer from the furniture.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 579 England
28 Nov 2018 4:14PM
Very interesting re the lighting John. It just shows that lighting setups aren't rocket science, just need a little thought and experimentation.
A super result. I must admit I'm torn between colour and mono here.
pablophotographer 8 1.2k 351
28 Nov 2018 4:15PM
Hi dudler.
I can't deny that I like the lighting, the colours, the mood and the last enlightening picture;
but I find that the square format leaves out the bell of the clarinet whereas a 3x2 frame could possibly include it. Is the picture cropped?
Best regards,
richmowil Plus
10 369 2 England
28 Nov 2018 4:40PM

Quote:the lead image works great for me

Me too John. I like the lighting but just thought it was worth trying a different crop?
dudler Plus
15 876 1494 England
28 Nov 2018 5:37PM
The picture is cropped, but from a horizontal frame. What I wanted was a square frame...

I took a number of pictures of the whole instrument, but it added a lot of space, for the sake of a kind of completeness. And it wasn't the instrument that drew me (though while David was assembling his clarinet, I realised that this would make a superlative set of natural-light closeups: the detail is beautiful.

But the image I wanted was the one that caught the man: someone whose experience of life has not been entirely happy, but has not soured him, and who is a representative of a type of Englishman that I admire a great deal. He is softly-spoken, clever, thoughtful and very cconsiderate. The absolute opposite of the many shouty people we see in the media. Someone with diverse interests. I've spent my life trying to become more like this, without success - I am a differentsort of person. But in the land that both David and I try to live in, there is room for both of us, along with many other diverse kinds of people...
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
28 Nov 2018 6:43PM
Excellent image John. A cracking good frame which you have spoken of so clearly.
29 Nov 2018 7:49AM
The lead for me ..,.it gives me encouragement to see someone else struggling to set up my case the kitchen - only room big enough .....thanks for the info . Viv
Nikonuser1 Plus
6 159 16 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2018 9:32AM
A great set of imagesSmileSmile


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