18. One light surround lighting

Based on the final result below you would be excused for mistaking this for a four light setup but it actually only uses one light! Watch Karl walk you through the lighting and how to control it.

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    1. Hi Edward, half and half, if I can see the subject clearly because of plenty of modelling light or using a medium format camera then I often use manual on 35mm there are plenty of focus points to choose from for the right position in the frame so then I go AF.

  1. I really like that look. I was surprised. Sort of an inverted beauty light look with a touch of shadow in front instead of key light. I tend to automatically think of lighting a dark environment as a starting point but not selectively darkening a bright ambient area instead. I guess it does tend to solve light diffusion cheaply to get soft low contrast lighting. Small rooms maybe can be useful. 🙂

  2. well done karl great stuff as a means of education you show the different effects light has on the backgrounds from white to grey and using reflectors to bring light back on the subject well explained lenses used and distance the reflector have on bring back light

  3. Hello Karl,
    I have been watching the videos and taking in all of the little adjustments that you make to get just the right light to make your models look just as stunning as they do in the videos, and so I was also wondering if you shoot everything in raw and with the lowest ISO speed to get the best quality. Or do you make adjustments to the ISO speed for darker lit situations? As well, brilliant job on the instructions on the courses! I feel more adapt to be able to make the correct choices in taking my photos. So Thank you!!!

    1. Hi Jason, wherever possible I use the lowest or default ISO and always shoot in RAW. The studio lights usually have ample power to be able to shoot at low ISO.

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