Simple Two Light Set Up

May 02, 2011

Better late than never.  Over the holidays we were blessed to have all the kids home.  Sara and Hugo wanted to do some “belly portraits” while they were here, that sounded like fun to me.  So, we set up a very simple two light set up at the store and here are a few of my favorites from the day.  This is as easy as it gets for lighting.  One light over head with a 1′x3′ box and LightTools fabric grids.  My main is a 3′x4′ box with grids too.  The reason for the grids is to control the light so it didn’t spill over into unwanted areas; specifically the background.  We wanted a low key look that would allow a contrasty black and white print.  Here is the color version.

This next one was converted with Nik Silver EFX.  This is my very favorite tool for making color prints into black and white.

Ilford FP4 was a favorite black and white film of mine “back in the day.”  Great contrast with lots of subtle detail; makes for a fantastic conversion.  One of the advantages of using software to convert files is that you don’t throw away any data.  You start with a 6 MB file, you end up with the same size file.

Looking forward to seeing them again in just a few days.  March will be here before we know it!


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