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Hi my name is Clarissa De Jesus and I’m here at John Ricard’s studio in New York with a hot weather, 95 degrees. And we’re here in studio to take some pictures.
So if you come with me, I can explain to you how we like the first shot. So we’re going to be take it a little bit higher esteems. Here I am on the set and we’re going to create portrait with simple lighting. The main light which is right in front of me is designed to light my face.
Now, this light over here on the side of me is designed to hit my hair and so is this light on the other side of me is also designed to hit my hair. So for our background, we have these two lights, one over here on this side and one on this side designed to hit the background which is going to make this white backdrop even more whiter than what it is. And we use a foam core which is this right here we have them on both sides. And what that does is it keeps the light only hitting the background and not me.
So to recap, we have five lights. We have the first light which is in front of me, for my face and body, the two lights on the side which is going to light my hair and these two lights in the back which is for the background.
This is what we call our money shots. And we use this shot for software company or maybe a book cover and it’s the same lighting; just focusing on the money.
And now that we’ve finished those shots, we’re going to change the lighting, I’m going to change my clothes and I’m going to do summer shots.
So now, I’ve changed in my summer outfit and I’m going to explain to you about this lighting. So as you can see, I’m standing here and there is no light in front of me. But there are two foam cores on the side of me, one right here, and one right here. Now, there are angled towards in me. Why? Because there are two lights behind me, one left and one right with no umbrellas creating a very hard lighting from behind. Now, the light from these hard lights are reflecting and bouncing off this foam cores creating a soft light on my face. So the hard light from behind and soft light in front.
You may be wondering why the lights are behind me. The reason for this is because these hard lights are going to create a hard rim around my body and bounce off of these foam cores creating the soft lighting in front of me. So the effect of this lighting is to create a very summer shots with hard and soft lighting kind of similar to me being in the shade with the sun start hitting me from behind.
And I also like to mention that this is the technique that John Ricard learned watching a Dean Collins DVD. You can check it out at amazon.com if you like to buy and see it for yourself.
And you’re probably wondering why John Ricard just didn’t explain it for himself, because he likes to be behind the cameras rather than in front of the cameras. Anyway, thanks this is Clarissa once again at John Ricard’s studio and hope to see you very soon!
The shots are working well but we’re going to do one more version of these shots and that is we’re going to add some sweat. No, I’m not going to go jogging; I’m not going to actually sweat, we have frizz bottle of water. We put a few drops oil in it to make it really gleam and really give us that summer look.
Okay, we’re done shooting. It’s a wrap! So we have finished the shoot with On the Set with John Ricard. Once again, my name Clarissa de Jesus and you can find me on myspace. Go to www.myspace.com/babysprincess or you can just simply type my name to search Clarissa de Jesus and my name will be like one of the first one to pop up.
Thank you again for watching On the Set with John Ricard and hopefully I’ll see you soon. Take care!