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Christian Hough: Hi, I'm Christian Hough.
Chris Reeve: Hi, and I'm Chris Reeve.
Christian Hough: On this edition of Hough To, we’ll going to look at two great accessories to use in fashion lighting kit which are quickly interchangeable and give you two completely contrasting effects.
The idea behind these setups is about the quick interchangeable and gives you two completely contrasting effects. You may compare this with the fashion lighting kit or the soft light reflector and the high-performance reflectors. We probably gathered a lot of my favorite reflectors with the high-performance reflector that are brilliant and directional power and sheer coverage. Only the best applications of these high-performance reflectors are the high key background. They’re absolutely perfect to control the things like—background of the subject.
Let’s start by setting up the key light and positioning the model. If you molt the ground, it gives you both reckless point prompting the model to stand and secondly for setting up the metering. A place to soft light reflector, hide in the model in approximately 45 degrees to camera lights.
Then you now dim the lights. Get the models to look at the camera and position the light so you can see the catch lights in the model’s eyes around the two o’clock position by to simply meet this to like 11.
Pop on a couple of high-performance reflectors on each little lines pulling to the background to lightly white seeing this paper. A lot will depend on adjusting this at the background and the available space I have as to whether you need more or less power. There was no hardened fast screwing here. The trick is to get to spike as far to the right of the histogram as possible and I prefer to refrain from blowing the highlight entirely as this can make it difficult to recover highlights on things like jewelry or edge hair details.
That’s it. We’re ready to show you. Okay, let’s move on quickly and drop a black background behind the model and spin the high-performance reflectors around to then fire the green lights. Depending on where you place your high-performance reflectors, you may just need some even—of background.
As to the video lights, you’ll need to adjust the power depending on your model on her skin tone or clothing. Light shiny skin will need less power than dark clothing. So adjust one light until its right meter and then apply these meter readings to the other light.
Okay, let’s do it. That’s it. It's really quick and simple. Once you’ve know the basics, you should now feel confident enough to start experimenting yourself.
Chris Reeve: Thanks Christian, great range of shots. Here are some tips.
The white background shot is one that can easily go wrong. Make sure your model is a good distance from your background.
Decrease the power of the backlight, so less light reflects back off the paper or cloth. As a general rule, the background should be maybe one to two steps brighter than your key light.
For the darker background, check that the backlights aren’t firing down the lens causing flare. If they are, just move them slightly farther apart.
If you have three or four lights and you're struggling with your lighting, then just turn them off. Use one at a time and bear with them up one by one until you get the exact effect that you're after.
There you have it, loads of different ways to use the fashion lighting kit to maximize your creative output. Remember to look at the Litebook section of the Bowens website and we’ll see you next time in Hough To.