Shoot: Two Lights


Digital Photography 101


Lesson Info

Shoot: Two Lights

At break I went ahead and pulled out these fabulous scarves there sitting behind tammy's you could see we've color coordinated everything tammy brought a lot of different colored tops and just so you know this is a great kind of top to be photographed in if you're a woman it's a v neck so it's but it's not too low it's like nice it's a nice v neck and it's a solid color so the emphasis is going to be on her there aren't really any other bells or whistles or buttons or anything going on on the shirt so the so that's not distracting and it fits her well it's just it's a nice shirt to wear on camera it's a nice color on her so we kind of went through that at break and look through things so that's one thing you might do with wardrobe and the reason that I've got scarves back here we're going to kind of play with those in a few minutes but I wanted to sort of follow up with some of the shooting here and show you what's happening in live you so the way I have the light set up is I have one ...

home studio lighting soft box here in the front that's lighting the front of her face and then I've got another soft box that's in the back that's kind of skinning her hair and lighting up a little bit of the backdrop it's, just something fun to play around with because we're using these two lights. We started with one and now we've graduated to two you could if you wanted tio graduate to three or four and really play around with light, but I think it's good to keep it simple in the beginning and just play around with the two lights that we have, so I'm also on a step stool here, which is giving me a little high, a little bit of different perspective, just kind of shooting down on tammy a little bit, which is different than what I was doing before, and I'm actually including some of the scarves, and what I've asked me to do to is maybe kind of turn around on the chair a little bit and let's see something you don't always have to have someone that's looking straight on into camera, either even even a three quarter sometimes it's nice, they haven't turned around just a little bit, and tammy, I can see a little bit of your left hand kind of coming in a funny spot. There you go, that's nice, so I could just sort of focus on her like so and take the shot, see what happens, and we'll take a couple other ones I'm going to try to. Maybe move in a little bit and I'm going to come in and a different angle obviously if you've got a step stool, you're not going to able to move around it's fast and now I'm just kind of looking down on her I'm changing the perspective a little bit and that's nice kind of looking up a camera and this is a nice perspective just so you know if you're ever shooting anyone that maybe is a little overweight if you're shooting down on them not not on top of them but if your perspective is kind of looking down it's going to diminish any size that's down below and make them make their face look nice and slam especially if one side of their face is a little bit shaded so I'm actually since I'm appearing in a play around by pulling this back just a little bit more in the front of the troops, the front lighting that we talked about and I also talked about tightening this novel so when you pull this light moving around it doesn't pop off. So if I bring this around into the front a little bit, I can kind of scoot over here and the light is kind of nice and soft and right in front of her and what I'm doing to is I'm kind of zooming in and out here notices I've zoom out it's a wider shot I'm including more of the floor and the stands and I don't want all that stuff in the shot so I'm going to zoom in this is where the telephoto lens comes in really handy I don't have to move off thiss chair here I can stay here and she can continue to pose and I can kind of recompose my distance for her just by working the zoom lens and I'm going to focus there on her eyes very nice lovely and I'll do a little review just of what we have so far everything's working great so she's kind of turned a little bit I think I like that one a little bit better then this one so you kind of have to do some experimenting and see what the best light is you want to pay attention to all the details were going on in the shot right now the way I had her turn her face I've got a little something going on on her neck that I don't really want to have in the photograph and these were the little details you have to train yourself to really look at and look for and see um sometimes women are a little more tuned to this but you know as a man too if you start taking photographs you really you've gotto get in there and pay attention to all those details especially if you're taking pictures of women and you want them to look good they're all sorts of little things you've got to pay attention to you that you might not normally be paying attention to in real life okay lean forward towards me just a little bit a place and ok I'm going to say probably no hand in this one or if you did something with your hand maybe around your shoulder like your left hand yeah there so it's so it's kind of ah you know it's it's a mood and you don't always have to shoot you know the picture straight on you can tilt it a little bit create a little bit of an angle creates and interests and right now I'm shooting you know it's a little bit slow so I might normally shoot this a little bit faster and it might be easier for her to hold her eyes open but you can kind of play around with you know someone grabbing their arm turning on the chair kind of looking around and composing your shot it's like well I'm kind of liking this but now right now the way your hand is I would like to shake it out a little bit and then put it back on your arm there that look better and I probably want to pay more attention on what's going on around the edges of the frame you can see now on the edge of the frame I've got that backdrop back there and it's kind of a little just annoying so with the this particular set up with what I'm looking at, I'm finding that it's helpful if I'm coming in close and I'm gonna have you turned your body a little bit more towards me here you go and you know what let's try this too if you turn your body all the way that way started having you turn back the other way and your head is kind of sideways to me like this and it's almost like you've got your that's nice ok and now kind of tilt your head back a little bit and now turn your face just a little bit towards may just towards in your eyes towards me there you go. This is often a nice pose for women too and it's kind of three quarter I'll do it, I'll hit the reviews we can look at these it's a three quarter pose and that's how you set it up you haven't look off in one direction and then tilt their head back like that and then turn towards you a little bit and it just gives kind of ah a nice angle to their face. Now we're going to try this or you're looking that way and I want you to tilt your head way back almost like a ha ha ha and laughing and now tilt or turn your head towards me just a little bit and they beat him down just a tad and hello and kind of you have to keep the energy up here so um I like that that's nice kind of like almost as if you're laughing and then turn towards me ha ha ha ha ha there you go that's nice so it's good to try and keep energy up to to keep people sort of moving around what I like to do on photo shoots often times it's play a little music right now because I'm teaching we're trying to keep it all sort of you know quiet so everyone can hear but we can cue the music any time and what I'm gonna do is maybe move um a couple lights around also this is our music all right um all right so let's see, I think I'll move this I'm going to turn this more towards the backdrop it kind of light up the back, drop a little bit and bring the light down just attack as I wanted to look bright on the backdrop behind her and the way this light is happening it's kind of skimming the back of her hair giving me a nice hair light and it's hitting the backdrop and kind of lighting that up a little bit now just to mix it up because our light was you know, it's kind of all looking the same I'm just gonna bring the light around this way so now I've got more shade on this side of her face more light on this side of her face let's see what we have looks pretty okay and chin down just a little bit that's nice that's a different look than what we're doing for and what I'm gonna have you d'oh this is something I have everyone do model family or friend it's called the puffer fish and we were all trying it yesterday, but if you ever photographing someone and you know they're trying to perform for you and smile in front of the camera, things get a little tense sometimes they're trying to keep smiling so here's a great way to relax your face it's called the proper efficient goes like this we gotta blow if your cheeks full air it's like I know it's so attractive and then blow it out you're blown up your cheeks full of air and now blow it out so you need to like kind of relax a little bit because sometimes faces get tense it's because you've been so patient in front of the lens trying to be a good subject here and now let's, try somewhere you've got one of the scarves wrapped around you and we'll try maybe the let's try to the orange one the coral one on the bottom yeah that's pretty so some fun colors you can kind of play around with and maybe try wrapping it around and let's just see what it looks like that way as I mentioned I have a lot of scarves and things I like to play with and hoops and sometimes it's a good idea if you can kind of get in and just kind of help them play with it it's going to just move this here like so and I'm gonna try to just kind of come in close and get a different looking shot and you could try leaving for like lean way forward and chin down let's just see if we can get a different looking shot this way and again it's you know it's about playing and having fun so what's nice we've introduced in different color I'll just move the light a little because I had her move forward and these are really tight shots were kind of working in kind of a tight area here and now I'm incorporating some of the other scarves back behind her I could move around too I don't always have to be taking the picture from the same spot you've got light coming in from this direction I've got a lens hood on so I'm not going to get much lens they're not going to have much light hitting my lens even if I'm kind of pointing at this way and this could kind of help me not only change up the backdrop now try looking right towards the light this could help me change up the backdrop but it can also help change with the lighting in the shadow falling on her face so you're kind of looking towards the light and now you khun look right will only get this set up looking towards the light also helps diminish any imperfections that's pretty and now kind of turn your face a little bit towards me and I tze right to me nice and this is a nice way to to make make things look a little more natural and your photographs is have people kind of turn away and then turned towards you is you're photographing him sometimes if I have a photo shoot and someone's really lost a lot of energy I'll say hey turn around and come back at me like that like hey whatever it takes to get some energy going on in the photograph and I'm gonna play around and just move this I think a little bit more over to the side and see if I can get more shadow on her face this way and I think it just kind of relax your shoulders that's one thing you want to make sure when you're watching people in front of the lens one of things that can happen is just if there if they've got their arms press down on something or maybe they're feeling a little tense we all tend to have our shoulder sir ride of our our next so you just want to make sure they're pushed down it's a good thing to follow in your everyday life. Relax your shoulders, but also for the people in front of your lens that looks nice. Yeah, just like deep breath and and they start try looking right towards the light and I'm gonna come up a little bit that's pretty people don't always have to be looking right at the lens. That's not necessarily the shot that you always have to get it could be they're they're kind of looking out and sort of feeling dreamy or having a thought about something inspiring. She could be someone that designed scarves and I've now shot her promo for her are fabulous design that she's thinking of creating next and this is her color scheme so you can just kind of come up with some creative ideas about things you may you may want to do and try try throwing your head all the way back and then I tze write to me and it's like oh ha, almost like a big laugh. Oh, so you can, you know it's, the fakey laugh, but if sometimes people think it's so goofy, they actually do laugh and you get a real looking shot. You know there's all kinds of things that you can you can work with people to dio and it's always good to let him know you know that's looking really nice I like kind of like it maybe put your chin down just a little bit because what's gonna happen is it opens up that's pretty it opens up your eyes so chin down just a little bit and the eyes are now right into cameron look really pretty and she's looking towards the light, so this is a little bit different I've got a little bit of shadow on one side of her face where the spaces towards me it's pretty looks really nice, so let's, what I'd like to do now is try working with not only these studio lights but incorporating some window light into our shots too, because that's often what happens at home? You're not always shooting with the curtains close or at night? Maybe you're also shooting during the day and you can incorporate some of this great window light into your shot too. So what we're going to do is open up the shades here and while that's happening, I'll take a couple more pictures and I'm going to move around a little bit let's see what it looks like from this you kind of want to pay attention to what's going on in your background and look towards the light look at what's happening with the light and that's pretty so we kind of threw just sort of working and moving around found kind of a nice it's an attractive angle on her and looking towards the light is really nice and maybe just proud tried no smile on this one just completely no expression whatsoever and you can look straight towards me and this is what's kind of nice if you can zoom in close really come in on the eyes just relax relax your mouth there you go and what she's doing now is she's really expressing something just straight through her eyes it's not so much the rest of her face and just kind of relax relax close your mouth all the way so sometimes you want to tell people it's either all teeth or no teeth sometimes having just a little bit of teeth is a little disconcerting either want to have the full smile or have just a mouse that's kind of relax and try coming right right towards me that's really pretty and so you want to tell them like strong strong eyes beautiful we've got beautiful light I'm gonna hit the review button we have pretty light on her face we've kind of turned around and played a little bit you want to play a little bit with expression find out what someone's comfortable with maybe what looks good on them as faras color we've tried some different colors kind of play around different expressions, and not every picture is going to be the fabulous picture, so don't be depressed. If you're looking at your photos going, I don't like that one. I don't like that one. I don't like that one either. That's okay, from every photo shoot. If you get at least one good shot when you had a successful photo shoot, you'll have one winner shot out of it and that's, you know, you hope to have more than that, but if you just get one, then it worked. So that's, what's, great about digital, you can take a lots and lots of photographs and experiment, so we started off doing a few different things. Oops, hello, you never know what might be on a memory card. He has to be careful, I guess is you're going through.

Class Description

Are you ready to start taking amazing digital images? Join award-winning photographer Erin Manning for a three-day introduction to the fundamentals of digital photography — frustration-free.

Whether you take pictures with your phone, a point-and-shoot digital camera, or a DSLR, Erin will give you the tools you need to capture beautiful digital images. You’ll learn about light and exposure, including how to work with and modify your on-camera flash. You’ll learn about common errors beginning photographers make and develop strategies for troubleshooting. Erin will also guide you through the basics of digital image editing and sharing your images online.

By the end of Digital Photography 101, you’ll have the creative and practical skills to create, edit, and share stunning digital images.



Good basic or "refresher" course.