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Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education. _Most of the students graduating from the program _continue their education.
 

Steve Bross

Commercial Art Instructor

sbross@cmths.org

610-277-2301x332

Central Montco Technical High School

821 Plymouth Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

www.cmths.org

610-277-2301

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Basic Photography
3 Light St-Up

Basic Photography - Studio Portrait

Set-Up One:

“As the main light we used the lighting unit with a silver umbrella, set a bit to the left from the camera. We set two lighting units equipped with strip boxes on each side and a bit behind the model.

To avoid the influence of stray lights on the background we put white panels between the background and the lighting units. The panels keep unwanted light from the background and redirect it onto the model. This also adds more volume to the back light. The background itself was illuminated by the main light only.

The background lighting intensity in this setup can easily be controlled by the position of the main light. If you raise the light with the umbrella higher and tilt it down to the model more sharply, the main light falls onto the model, and the background is only hit by the light coming from the upper peripheral part of the umbrella, so the background, in this case, becomes darker.

If we put our main light to a lower position and turn it to a more frontal direction, then a rather huge amount of light coming from the main lighting unit will fall on the background making it lighter, but an unwanted shadow coming from the model may appear at the background.”

Set-Up Two:

“Bright, saturated colors of the model’s clothes are looking perfect in front of an absolutely white background.


When lighting a background to the maximum, there is always the danger that the light reflected from the background will be so powerful that it will fill the whole scene. To avoid these stray lights, you have to determine the right light exposure. To reduce the amount of stray light from the background to a minimum, we used standard reflectors we used standard reflectors. Additionally, we installed white panels between the monolights and the model.

As a result, the side light from the background lighting units goes directly to the background, without touching the model. Both the direct light and the reflection from the backside of the panels turned the background completely white without any shadow coming from the model. The front of the white panels functioned as fill lights, reflecting the light coming from the main lighting unit.

The final picture features good contrast and every detail of the clothes is clearly visible.”

Set-Up Three:

“This is a very simple setup. As our main light we used the monolight with an octabox.

We made full-length shots of the model, so we used a 30 х 180 cm stripbox which was set on the left side of the model. This kind of stripbox is ideal for full length shots.


In the end, we got a brightly illuminated model standing out clearly against the dark grey background.”

Set-Up Four:

“This is a very simple setup. As our main light we used the monolight with an octabox.

We made full-length shots of the model, so we used a 30 х 180 cm stripbox which was set on the left side of the model. This kind of stripbox is ideal for full length shots.


In the end, we got a brightly illuminated model standing out clearly against the dark grey background.”

Set-Up Five:

“In this setup, the main light is coming from an octabox. We used a strip box as backlight and separated it from the background with a reflector panel to efficently decrease stray light on the background.

To create the gradient on the background, we used a monolight equipped with a 12″ reflector and grid. The light spot on the grey background makes the picture more vivid.

If you want to be more creative and use color gels set on the background lighting unit, it will add a new effect to the image and turn the tender grey background to a colored one. The size of the spot can easily be adjusted with help of grids featuring different degree values.”

Set-Up Six:

“For our main light here, we used a Beauty Dish. To get a more directed light beam in the middle, we also attached a metal grid.

At both sides of the model we placed light absorbing panels (so called French Flags). The model wearing a black leather jacket, was illuminated with a narrow beam of light so that the background appears to be completely black.

In the second picture,  we illuminated the background with a 9″ reflector as a light modifier to separate the jacket from the background,”