Saturday, April 20, 2013

Studio Backlighting with Continuous Lights

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!


Jan n Jer said...

The lighting is these shots! Thanks for showing us how you achieved the end result.

Anonymous said...

Divine portrait photography ~ love the veil effect and thanks for sharing the lighting process ~ ^_^ Happy Weekend.

Phil Slade said...

Clever stuff and good results Jill. Me I point, shoot and hope for the best.

Leovi said...

Exquisite backlit portraits with that beautiful, charming!

Lea said...

Beautiful portraits!
I remember learning some of those techniques when I took a photography class in college. I was using a 35mm Minolta 101 if that tells you how long ago that was!
Have a wonderful week-end!
Lea's Menagerie

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! I looked your posts. There are many beautiful photos. I am very impressed them very much. They are stunning beautiful.
Wishing you a wonderful Sunday.

Pearson Report said...

Thank you for sharing and paying it forward.
What beautiful pictures (of both of you) - I can see where your daughter gets her looks.

I have come to your site by way of the comment area on Leovi's site - which I adore.

I have added myself as a follower - I look forward to looking around your blog. :)


Jen Price said...

Lovely photos! I love backlighting.

Patrice said...

Gorgeous lighting, and I love the use of the scarf!

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

wow... the lighting is just gorgeous for this beautiful girl! your photos are wonderful!! so happy you joined us 'in the studio'... hope you join again! :)

Alysa said...

This is cool!