16. Simulating Sunlight

In this One Light Setups section Karl puts theory into practice with the most basic of lighting setups. Using just one light, Karl demonstrates how to get creative and what you can do with a single light source.

In this chapter he uses a bare bulb light to simulate sunlight. Working in a small studio environment he shows you how to soften a hard light source to achieve pleasing effects similar to both harsh and hazy sunlight.

In this photography class we cover the following:

  • How to shoot creative portraiture using a single point light source
  • How to soften a hard light source
  • Photographing in a small studio
  • How to control light in a small space
  • Controlling shadows with directional light

Note: This course is available with English subtitles.

Comments

  1. Hi Karl, As a keen amateur photographer who has been following your work and training material for some time, I wanted to say that this training is amazing and FANTASTIC value for money.
    As a recent grandad I wondered if you have ever done any newborn / baby photography? If not do you have any suggestions on lighting for this?

    1. Hi Peter, I’ve only photographed my own kids when they were babies and I always found big soft light close to them looks most appealing, I would try one very large softbox of scrim roll on one side very close to the baby and a large white reflector close on the other side. The light can be side on or slightly above or above depending on the sitting position of the baby, you would need to experiment on this. Go for neutral soft backgrounds i.e. white/cream blankets, rugs, etc and a white wall/background. You can also use props like a wicker basket or a soft bean bag too. Try some very close up shallow depth of field shots f1.8/f2 focused on the eyes and then also the whole baby at f8/f11 I’m sure you’d get something good out of that. The most difficult part is keeping the baby happy! If you really want to go wild then check out some of Anne Geddes work for inspiration.

  2. Totally enjoyed the Chapter 16. It was fun and a lot of learning…creating those shadows was the biggest takeaway. Karl you are so focussed and involved that you actually forgot that you could use your phone to control the intensity of the Broncolour light via broncolour app…you moved up and down several times…Pure Passion and 100 % commitment is what I could see…Well Done Karl. Fantastic !!!

  3. Hi Karl, I have just just subscribed to your material – You are an amazing trainer and the material is comprehensive and thorough! I have a question on the first video – at point 20.9 you are saying that as you have brought the light higher and closer to the model and removed the diffuser you need to bring the exposure back down from 6.2 to 5.7 . This is not clear to me why you need to open the aperture to 5.7 and allow more light in this instance as your are closer and removed the diffuser rather than close the aperture from 6.2 to i.e.. 7 ? I am a bit confused on this. Many thanks Luciana

    1. Hi Luciana, thanks for signing up and I’m glad you are enjoying the material. The numbers I’m referring to are not the aperture they are the power settings on the studio flash. So I am bringing the light power from 6.2 down to 5.7. Dropping from 6.2 to 5.2 would be equivalent to a one f-stop reduction in brightness (like going from f8 to f11) so in this instance I dropped the light by half an f-stop.

  4. On the light you took the reflector off of it looked like the bulb was covered with a clear cylinder that is frosted on the end. Is this cover some type of small simple modifier or is it for bulb protection or something else?

  5. The lesson’s are just PURE GOLD. The thoroughness is just unmatched. Every situation explained in great DETAIL. Just AWESOME!!!

  6. Hi,Karl! Great training material! Does the model is using a makeup specifically for sunlight? That hard light didn’t show specular highlights on her face… additionally, does Lightroom is applying any presets while importing? Looks it has an slight green color cast on it….

    1. Hi Luis, no the model just did a very good job on her own make up. Lightroom can import with a specific preset if you tell it but I don’t have anything set on mine to do that, I just import the RAW files and then adjust, I may have had the colour balance set slightly off in camera but I’m never too worried about that as I’m shooting RAW and can adjust the colour balance easily afterwards.

  7. For those of us without studio lighting could you bounce light from a reflector using a speedlight? Or would this only be good for fill in?

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