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How-To Create a Cinematic Portrait With Hard Light

7/29/2019 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

How-To Create a Cinematic Portrait With Hard Light

In this video Jeff Carpenter breakdowns his lighting setup for a recent shoot with Allee-Sutton where he created a beam of light on her face to create drama and interest. Check out the video to see how he did it!


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This shot was a 3 light setup as follows:

Key light - Paul C. Buff Digibee with barn doors to flag the light. To create the crisp shadow on Allee’s face I also had a @vflatworld v-flat that I purposely didn’t close all the way so there was a gap that created a shadow with a hard edge.

Rim/Hair Light - Another Digibee with a gridded strip box and a blue gel.

Background Light - Yet another Digibee with a snoot and a blue gel on a Savage Universal fashion gray seamless.

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About Jeff Carpenter:

Readylight Media got its start in 2011 when owner and operator, Jeff Carpenter, decided to take the jump from hobbiest to professional.  He started small, with special event photography and photo booths but soon after made the jump into portrait photography and event video production. Let's Get Connected: | Instagram

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