Trial shot of Lauren during her 2nd senior session, 06 November 2011.

Just a trial run for an idea I’ve been hoping to develop better. I’ve seen other photogs use this style of lighting with kick ass results and have been dying to try it myself. I was able to grab a few shots with Lauren on Saturday, which convinced me that it’s worth developing, even if this first attempt wasn’t quite what I had hoped for.

Looking at the photos after the fact, I jotted some quick notes, which I’ll share below: 

What’s right:

very dramatic light

cool color saturation (boosted with Curves layer)

definitely works for the glamour look

 What’s wrong:

key light is too meek – needs to be kicked up a notch (maybe use the beauty dish?)

backlighting is too strong (?) – bring down a level each

lightstands are visible – is this okay? is there a good way to hide them?

The lightstands bug me the most, but I’m not sure what to do about them. On one hand, they’re kind of ugly. On the other, taking them out leaves my lights floating in mid-air, which looks silly. It’s also a PITA to clone them out of each shot. I’m still on the fence for what to do…

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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