Really Important Lighting Stuff pt 1.

“Approach each new person you meet in a spirit of adventure.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

To be more productive, do a little less.

I write this in my journal as one of the highlights attending the first studio lighting workshop by Felix Kunze, noting that the above four images were created for the same model with a rather simple, yet dramatic setup. Stay tuned for the how, why, nuts and bolts.

My wedding clients know my panche for “Vanity Fair editorial style” portraits (secrets shared here). Turns out Felix Kunze (pictured center) is a talented photographer in genre with knowledge to share. My first assist, Matt Steaffens (pictured right), supported the knowledge quest:

Felix Kunze Lighting Workshop Review

The one day workshop was an amazing “lightbulb experience” which reaffirmed the basics we’ve known. For those who have years of trying, yet search for a little secret sauce which remains a mystery yet adds depth to an image, this workshop is for you!

Felix challenged us to think critical of the basics, yet remain sensitive to the importance of a soft fill light while controlling the main light in a “messy” manner.

Here is a glimpse of one of my final image post-processed cropped (Shot on PhaseOne XF with IQ 260 medium format digital back, 55mm lens).

Want to go deeper?

Click HERE to read Part 2 in which I share a few of the highlights from my workshop experience along with more high res images!

3 Responses to “Really Important Lighting Stuff pt 1.”

  1. Barbara — May 23, 2016 @ 2:51 pm (#)

    It looks both main and fill are right in front of each other? I’ve never seen light used that way before. Is it so the main and fill is softer and harder at the same time?

  2. Yaneck Wasiek — May 23, 2016 @ 9:04 pm (#)

    Thanks for the article and BTS photos. Very educational. Like Barbara asked, is the softlighter right in front of the octabank or is it just an illusion of the photo. From the fill it looks like it is not completely in front of each other.
    Can’t wait for part 2!

  3. R. J. — May 24, 2016 @ 12:32 pm (#)

    Yaneck & Barbara, yes, there is a soft lighter as a key in from of the octa. The octa fill is about a stop under the key to help fill in shadow details for the added painterly effect.

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