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Rembrandt Lighting-Portrait Photographer London

Few things every portrait photographer London should know.

Portrait photography has been around since the invention of the camera. Much lower cost of the photographic process in 19th century and much shorter sitting time for the subject, led to a general rise in the popularity of portrait photography over painted portraiture. Early portrait photographers had to meet lots of challenges, like long exposure times.
Subjects had to be seated on the chair with no move for a very long time. Most of the times sobject was lit with the soft light of an overhead window. At first portrait photography was very limited due to lack of technics and equipment limitations.
Today’s technology and easy access to Internet and books allow us to take us breath taking images wether it’s a studio or location photo shoot. Not many of today’s young generation photographers even now how difficult it was back then.
When portrait photographer composes and capture image in a studio, has full control over the lighting and the composition of the subject and can tweak direction and power of light. There are lots of ways to light a subject, but there are one most common lighting setups which are described below.

Three-point lighting
One of the most known lighting set is called three-point lighting. This set uses three lights to fully model the subject’s features.
Key light also known as a main light, is usually placed to one side of the subject’s face,  around 45 degrees off center and above than eye level. The key light is the brightest light in the lighting plan.
Fill light
Placed opposite the key light, the fill light is there to soften the shadows on the opposite side of the face. The brightness of the fill light is usually around 1/3 of the key light.
This lighting setup was created to mimic the natural light created by placing a subject in a room near a window. This type of lighting can be found in the works many best painters and early photographers and is often called Rembrandt lighting.

Back light
Also called a rim light or hair light, the rim light is placed behind the subject higher than the Key light or Fill.
The point of the rim light is to provide separation from the background. The rim light should be just bright enough to provide separation from the background, but not as bright as the key light.

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London Portrait Photographer-photo shoot with ballerina.

 

One day photo shoot with ballerina by London portrait photographer-Pawel Spolnicki

Last summer I was photographing this fantastic ballerina and I decided to write few words about it. Firstly before the shoot I had to find ballerina which turns out not that difficult, there is lots of people up there willing to pose for you as long as they have some good picture. We decided to do the photo shoot in Greenwich Park. I normally take to the shoot  half of my gear from the studio just to make sure is there if needed. From my experience on location I know that you always need something you forgot. Any way I knew that we are going to walk a lot, so I decided to use only one light with deep octa which was perfect for this image. I had this on  Elinchrom Ranger RX 1100 just to make sure that I have enough of power if needed. In portrait photography lighting is very important and since there was a very hot and sunny day and very unpleasant light I had to bring lots of diffusion to get rid of  harsh shadows. I found very good place for the picture and as soon we set everything up the weather changed, and as usual you have to be ready for every thing mother nature throw on you. I this case the sun was coming and going from behind the clouds through the leafs giving me ugly patches of light on the model however I quickly fixed this using diffusion panel which I didn’t forgot.

Here you can see two images from the shoot and some information on how I have done it.

In this picture I set camera to underexpose the image and I lit the model with deep octa. I placed the light on the right hand side 2-3m form the model. Camera settings: 1/160, F5.6, ISO 100

 

 

 


Headshot Photographer London

I have been doing headshot photographer for some time now and I would like to share with you some of my experiences and also technics I use to make a good picture. Every time I have new client in the studio I start simple. Most of the time with white background and nice soft bright light I always play a good music for them and take lots of pictures to worm up the clients and to relax them little bit. Being a headshot photographer London its not easy coz there is massive competition and you have to do everything to stand out from the crowd. Key to success is good lighting and expression you can pool out of your model. If one of them is not right there will be always something missing in the image. Here is my favourite set of lights for the headshot photography. I set two lights in clamshell position, on the top I put soft box or beauty dish and on the bottom soft box of reflector.  To make light nice and soft I place them as close to the model as possible plus close lights give you beautiful catchlights which are absolutely must in headshot and portrait photography.

Im shooting wide open to create great dept of field but remember when you shoot 2.8 or 2.0 make sure that your focus is perfect other ways you will find lots of soft and blurry pictures. I focus on lower eyelid and most of my pictures are ok. I shoot full frame and most of the time I use 70-200 F2.8 lens, for some reason I feel like that is the best lens for the job. Its nicely compressing the background behind the subject and it helps to get read of all the distracting things in the pictures. I always place my model far from the background that the key light does not affect the background. I just like to have full control over the lighting.

Here are some of the pictures I took using clamshell lighting set up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Glamour Photographer London

Few week ago I was asked to do the photo shoot for a fantastic lingerie designer Sonata Rapalyte – Sonata Lingerie.
As a glamour photographer London I had to think of something special, something which would really show the beautiful new collection.
We did not have much time to get ready with the whole shoot and after few reschedules and problems we have managed to choose the date. And since there was not much time to look for the location we have decided to do photo shoot in my studio which was quite challenging.
I had to make the studio look like some hotel room and since the studio have four white walls and a bit of background it wasn’t easy. But I think that every glamour photographer have on some point problems like this and have to deal with it.
Here is how I have done it…We bought some furnitures and lamps and we have made this beautiful wall from plaster boards to imitate a large room. We new exactly what we want and slowly started to see the effects. We had a fantastic model Keeana Kee knowing exactly what to do which is a big plus during the photo shoot, and extremely talented hair and make up artist Gosia Peruzynska and you can see the effects of them work below.

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On this picture I positioned model on the floor around 3m from the background. I placed horizontal strip with grid above her head very close to her ( just out of the frame of the camera) and I added one strobe and I pointed to the floor as a fill.

 

In this picture we need to add a little bit more feel of the glamour photography. We have bought furnitures and lamps and we place them in the way so they look like they are in side the room.

I set camera to to F2.0 to make a very shallow depth of field. I have placed to vertical strips with grid on each side of the model to narrow the beam of light and I pointed one strobe with reflector with grid on the furniture to make more visible.

All the strobes were gelled with half CTO to mach colour temperature of the table lamp.

 

In this glamour picture I placed again to strip boxes on both sides of the model. The one on the left was very lose to the models face to imitate the lamps light and the one on the right was approximately  2.5m from the model to give me a nice rime light on the leather jacket.

I have set the camera to make sure that I can see the light from the lamps. The rest was adjust accordingly.

 

As a Glamour Photographer I have to say that I love the simple window light. I have a large windows in the studio which I use quite often.

In here I placed model next to the window. Camera settings: 85mm, F2.0, ISO 200, 1/320

 

I hope that this short article will help you to become a better glamour photographer in London where competition is really big and you have to make your way through.

 

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