A Double Light Lo-Key Portrait

The target of this self assignment, was to create a double light portrait with a Lo-Key feel to it. This follows on from last weeks post and activities with a single light to start getting a little more creative. Same rules apply; lets use the minimum portable equipment as possible. Lets use this opportunity to gain more experience using the Speedlights.

This is the equipment used… Two Speedlights, Three Pocketwizard radio triggers, bedsheet.

We are going to do this on location, at the local photography meetup club (EPyC), in a cafe, with an average audience of about 50 people. For props we have a bedsheet again, all we need now is another willing victim volunteer…

We started with the following image for inspiration, an image from the extremely artistic photographer, Patricio Suarez (known as Patofoto on Flickr). He created this image below, absolutely mesmerizing…

Copyright 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Patricio Suarez

Copyright 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Patricio Suarez

Let me introduce you to the fantastic Ajay Goel, a fellow photographer, and our model for this evenings efforts.

Copyright 2012 - All Rights Reserved - Andy Lalaguna

Positioning, following the layout from the previous two posts, if Ajay is sitting at the centre of the clock; the key light is at a quarter past four, whilst I am at six o’clock, and the rear Speedlight is at approximately at twelve o’clock directly inline with myself and Ajay. The Key light is being held by a voice activated light stand, and bounced off the bedsheet which is on the floor in front of Ajay. The rear speedlight is sat on the floor, pointing away from Ajay, at the window blind behind him. This puts us in the ballpark, as you can see from the image above, the background isn’t completely blown out, but we are close enough for minor tweaks to get the image…

A simple double light portrait, using very few props, and a portable Speedlight driven setup.

This all being said, stop reading, and get out there and create images…

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