Yesterday I did a hands-on lighting workshop for WPPI Road Show in Atlanta and we covered quite a few things, including some basic lighting concepts – like "Follow your Nose" and "From Ear to Here". These are simply terms I use to help remember some essential rules to creating nice lighting with minimal equipment. Always remember though – rules were made to be bent.
Follow your nose refers to keeping the light source pointing at your subjects nose, especially with crisp and direct lighting, so that the facial shaping is great and unwanted shadows are minimized. Keeping your light source mobile, as in held by an assistant rather than a light stand, makes this much easier.
From Ear to Here refers to the concept I use when lighting with one medium, diffused light source – like a small Octodome, QuikBox, or 5-in-1 disc. If you place your light source as close as possible to the subject, starting at her ear and coming towards the lens (here), and follow the lens angle of view, you have nice facial lighting.
Many of you were asking about some of my favorite gear and where to get it, so I've listed those items here. This is part of my primary lighting kit:
- Sticky Filters (the super fast and easy way to adjust your light temp.)
- My favorite cheap LED flashlight for photography
- Photoflex Octodome small
- B&H Quikbox
- RogueGrid for speedlights
- Lastolite EZYbox extension pole
- PocketWizard Plus III transceivers
Thanks for being there, if you were there! If you weren't, I hope to see you at a future workshop ;-)