When I posted these black and white studio photos on my Jill Wellington Photography
Facebook page, several people contacted me to ask how I lit them.
I want to share the photography technique with you.
I love how her hair just ignites with the backlight,
yet the lighting on her face is soft and beautiful.
I have continuous lights in my little basement studio.
When shooting outdoors, I love backlighting in the sun,
So, I decided to set up the back light as if it
was the sun...nice and high "in the sky" to the right of my subject.
Then I used a reflector to bounce the light
back into the subject's face.
I also used a fan to blow her hair.
The key to the soft light on the face is using
a reflector rather than a harsh light.
I really enjoyed experimenting with the
technique on my lovely daughter
with the long flowing hair.
The photos were also beautiful in color.
I loved capturing the "sun" haze.
Here's without the haze...such beautiful soft light!
No harsh shadows on the face.
I also tried adding a texture as a "wall" behind her and like this, too.
Try this technique if you have access to studio lighting!