underexposed fashion lighting, how to?

Discussion in 'Lighting Equipment' started by perkins, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. I have searched for quite a while but havent found anything so if there is a
    toppic about this already i apologize.

    I am very curious how to achieve this kind of lighting effect. I have a class
    assignment that i am shooting tomorrow evening and i cant seem to figure it out
    enough to be satisfied with my results. Any advice?


    I gather there is a hair/highlight light and a drastically underpowered fill
    light to achieve the dark front. But ive tried this on my own and am just not
    getting what i think it should be.

    Ive asked another forum and a few of them have said they think it is simple
    sunlight from a skylight type source...

    your thoughts?
  2. sorry about the link...

  3. Looks like an overhead light for majority of the fill. Hard to tell from the scan, but my guess would be that there was plenty of ambient light in the room. So, expose for the ambient light, have the overhead and slightly behind light one stop over.

    Part of the look you are seeing was done in Photoshop. Desturated quite a bit, other color adjustments.
  4. Could be a skylight, too. My guess is that no frontal fill was used.
  5. If you follow the path of the light from the top of her head to her leg you can see that there is an overhead spot light used at an angle slightly behind her head. Her head is blocking the light from her body but her leg sticks out enough to be exposed.
  6. Beauty dish, maybe with a grid, but not a hard spot light.
  7. If I were going to duplicate this shot cheaply I would get one of those silver clip-on lamp holders from the hardware store and put a par 30 spot light in it and mount it about 5'-10' above and slightly behind her. And if you need any more light on her face/body just use a half sheet of white foamcore as a reflector just in front of the camera.
  8. Show us the other pages in the spread/series. They're probably all shot with the same
    lighting scheme, and might reveal more information than just this single image.

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