Just for fun… In my last post I showed my Hollywood portrait lighting style using just hard light from fresnel spotlights. The post before that featured two point lighting on the street using Speedlights. Now I’ve combined two point lighting with fresnel spotlights and styled the shoot with a Film Noir theme. Film Noir calls for some dramatic acting and there is no better actress for this role than Chloe-Jasmine. Let the drama begin.
The Wikipedia entry for Film noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasise cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. Hollywoods classical Film Noir period is generally regarded as extending from the early 1940s to the late 1950s however it often depicted scenes from just after the great depression of 1929 1933.
LED fresnels can run on battery even though they deliver the equivalent of 1000w of tungsten light but with a daylight colour balance. I use inverter battery packs that are Li-Ion powered and last for between two and four hours depending upon what light I’m using.
I always set my camera to manual exposure to ensure the lighting build is consistently represented in the image. Aperture priority is not usable because of the massive swings in exposure that happen with a change in composition.
The shadow of the man in the main picture at the top of this post was created with a cardboard cut out and a spotlight. I didn’t have the budget for a second model so my creative assistant Luke made one for me.
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In my next post I’ll share my 10 step guide for using location flash in full sun.