Weekly Theme - Rule of Thirds

by Bethany Plonski August. 18, 2019 326 views
Loop lighting

Loop lighting

Everything about portrait photography feels awkward to me, so thankfully Andrew was a good sport about helping me practice for my class assignment this week. And since I feel out of my element on portraits, it was nice to fall back on the rule of thirds to help with posing.

This was a true team effort, because I don't have light stands, so I had to hand hold my light and reflector and let Andrew click the shutter release remote once we got everything in order. I learned different kinds of studio lighting in class this week so I tried to replicate each one, with varying degrees of success. The only one that was a total fail was split lighting. I've done it before and remembered it being fairly easy, but this time I couldn't get it right for the life of me.

Rembrandt lighting

Rembrandt lighting

I was trying for butterfly lighting here but don't think I pulled it off.

I was trying for butterfly lighting here but don't think I pulled it off.

And don't let his serious appearance fool you. He was making all kinds of silly faces at me. :)

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Ros Mercury 1 year, 4 months ago

Interesting way of doing portraits & black and white.

1 year, 4 months ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Ros Mercury 1 year, 4 months ago

Thank you! Probably not the easiest route, but it worked for the time being. smile

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Tsao T-F 1 year, 5 months ago

Good learning. You did very well.

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Tsao T-F 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you! I think I may have learned more than my brain could handle all at once! laughing Definitely a challenge.

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Tsao T-F Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 5 months ago

smile

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Ho Kim 1 year, 5 months ago

Yes, photography is a painting with light, which we can learn especially from indoor photography. Taking photo with different light source and direction is very funny. I think you can learn its extreme effects from nude  - in fact I have done it just couple of times, so I'm not the proper one to say it, though... I think the light source was not strong enough, seeing that you had to stick to f1.8 smile

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Ho Kim 1 year, 5 months ago

It was quite a learning experience! I knew I wanted a dark background, but my lights and the space we had to work in were not ideal, so it was hard to decide which settings to use. Working in the dark was probably not a great idea either. :) When I looked at larger versions of the photos later, I realized that the focus wasn't sharp over his entire face, so I agree I should have tried going up a stop.smile

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Ho Kim Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 5 months ago

Right. As for studio photography, we need assistant(s) who can move lighting as we wish. Moving things and taking picture all by oneself is very hard. So I'm not doing that anymore. Hhhh~

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Ho Kim 1 year, 5 months ago

Yes, an assistant would definitely help (or a still life subject, instead of a model that may become impatient or annoyed smile). I would love to see some of your studio work!

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Joe Zink 1 year, 5 months ago

Nicely done, Bethany! The photos are wonderful.
I can't bring myself to do portrait photography, just can't get comfortable with it...

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Joe Zink 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you so much, Joe! I feel the same way about it. I know it's not rational, but for some reason that kind of interaction just makes me feel completely uncomfortable and embarrassed. Plus it takes me so long to figure out what I'm doing for the shot that I would be mortified to try portraits with anyone I don't know. smile

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Heike 1 year, 5 months ago

In #1 he really has some trouble to hold back the laughter, right ? smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Heike 1 year, 5 months ago

I think that was the case in all of them! smile If he isn't laughing himself, he's making me laugh. 
For me, there is nothing more awkward than sitting for a formal portrait. In my lighting workshop, we all had to take turns photographing each other, and I hated it! I was glad to be behind the camera for this round.

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Buster Bruce 1 year, 5 months ago

10/10 for me- perfect 1/3 balance and lighting

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Buster Bruce 1 year, 5 months ago

Thanks, Buster! It was not easy, but I was happy with how they turned out.

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 1 year, 5 months ago

Beautiful work! Excellent application of the lighting! You get an A+ from me!smile+1

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you so much, Jay! smile It was definitely a challenge not having a proper setup, but it was helpful to learn more about how the direction and angle of the light influences the outcome. Good to know, even when you're not in a studio environment.

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 5 months ago

My Pleasure!
Always exciting to learn new things....

+1grinning+1

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 1 year, 5 months ago

My favorite is loop lighting. I have tried Rembrandt before on myself and did not like it, seems to harsh. I don't think portrait photography will be anything I would want to do. It takes a lot of work to create a real nice portrait. Kudos to Andrew for willing to pose for you smile

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 5 months ago

Mine too! I agree the Rembrandt lighting seems harsh - it definitely has a moody feeling to it. Anytime I try something like this, I gain so much more respect for portrait photographers. There is a lot to think about, and none of it comes naturally to me. Thankfully, Andrew is patient enough to wait for me to figure things out. smile

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 1 year, 5 months ago

Cool to have such a partner smile I prefer loop lighting

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 5 months ago

I think so too. He is wonderful in so many ways! smile I liked loop lighting the best too.

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