Lighting for hair and beauty photography in the Canterbury studio
Commercial and studio photographers often need to change the way something looks – to accentuate, diminish or simply change the mood. I’ve some illustrations of this based on lighting for hair and beauty photography in the Canterbury studio.
In order to control the lighting and then change the shape or look of something, the starting point is to tone everything down and then place lights where you need them. Shadows hide the things you don’t want to see and highlights draw attention to them. In the examples below:
• Lighting the male model’s face and body with two lights from the side creates a more chiselled look whereas adding a third top light across the face tones this down.
• As it’s more of a beauty shot, the model with the blond hair is lit more softly with less shadow into the face and a gentle kicker to the neckline and jaw.
• The red-haired model’s hair is lit from above with a separation light behind but turning that light off and changing the direction makes the face more angular.
• The male model in the burgundy top starts off face to camera with just a kicker to the left side of the head and a top light to keep the jaw shadow strong. A second kicker in the next shot keeps the shape to the jaw and the side of the body.
• The same lighting was applied to the model with the tattoo.
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