Internship Adventures: Westlight 005
This week I learned how to set up lighting for a shoot. Lighting is everything, and when shooting professional head shots it requires three lights. All of them are Einstein strobe lights and they have an octabox, rectangular soft box, and a grid light in the back reflecting off the white surface that my mentor paints regularly. He also used a v-flat and sand bags. The large stand is called a C stand and the smaller one is just a sand. The larger the grid the less direct/harsh light there is and the larger the grid the more direct light comes out of the box. In regards to the soft box: the closer the subject the more “soft” (more soft the shadows) or more light you will have. The further away you are the more shadows you will have.
This week I was also able to get a lot of hands on experience. I was able to set up everything and then shoot an actor that came in. I learned about jumping into something you feel a little uncomfortable with. I had never used the camera my mentor handed me and I had never shot in studio so it was exciting and nerve racking.