Back Lighting – Part 2

Specifics on soft-box set-up:

Lighting the space behind and around your subject requires a lot of care, patience and finesse.

Controlling the amount of light taken into the camera is another important concept to understand when trying to utilize the style of Back Lighting. We discussed controlling the amount of light your camera receives in “Camera Troubles” through “Part 6” and how it is based on the operation of the human eye, nervous system and brain.

Lighting for jewelry is a tricky occupation because of the many shiny surfaces we so enjoy not just of the metal but the gems too. Back Lighting jewelry uses the least direct lighting in my opinion. (I say in my opinion, because like any other profession you will find many an expert who: knows what others do not and used or has seen extremes which others have not. Yes, truly this is experience and opinion wrapped up into one statement.)

There are a couple of ways to back light a subject even in a “light-box”. The first way is to reflect the light off of the back drop. Another way is to light the object through the sheer fabric of the soft box back. I created a kind of soft box, only because I diffused the major lights in my set-up.

So my basic point is; there is no need to buy soft boxes if you are not focusing on staged macro photography. Have fun and improvise with the equipment you have or invest in basic equipment that you can re-use for other projects. Soft boxes are not designed to eliminate all shadows but do a very good job of softening them, especially since setting up proper lighting means more than one light source which the soft box technique so easily facilitates.

Step 1: Soften harsh lighting.

Studio Session

I feel it is worthwhile to depart from “instructional” blogging temporarily and share a success story! I do not know how you feel, but with what I have been learning in my activity and my writing it down, it seems like I have been drinking from a 2 inch fire hose. *Grin* So take a break and join me in my joy of a fun and great job!

I had a lot of fun shooting in this professional setting to show what happens in a doctor of chiropractic office! I am a patient of a doctor of chiropractic so I was already aware of the photos I would shoot for the patients side of things to display what they could expect for their experience. However the one side with which I was not so familiar was the doctor’s side.

I began to see the doctor’s side of the experience in the chiropractic office. This is important to be sensitive to both experiences. However, I digress. I said this was not to be an instructional post.

I learned a valuable lesson which I will not soon forget. I will give you this good lesson quickly and we will enjoy the fruit of the photo session.

Even with professional workers, there may be a time when shooting “candid conversation”  that you as the photographer give the people in the photo a topic to discuss. Give them something to do or talk about which fits into the photo scene. This adds reality to the photo with one person talking and the other giving attention to the discussion.