The picture above shows the classic Hollywood look that is created when the nose shadow touches the cheek shadow to enclose a triangle of light on the unlit side of the face. The pictures in this post are the result of my summer 2013 project. I started my quest to revitalise the classic Hollywood look 5 years ago back in 2008. I largely abandoned it until along came affordable, continuous lights that have both the all important Fresnel lenses and utilise the magic of daylight balanced LEDs. Now Im glad to say that this style is well entrenched here in the UK and the Hollywood look has finally been reborn.
This look needs lights with Fresnel lenses for authenticity. Five years ago LED Fresnel spotlights weren’t even dreamed of. Now they have largely replaced HMI units. LED lighting is the future and its here right now.
In my next post I’ll show you how I styled this look to the next stage to recreate the Film Noir genre. In the meantime you can see more of my Hollywood pictures in this for lighting tips.
Editor’s Note: Be sure to check out the gallery of these portraits. They’re stunning.