Lighting Small Groups

Sometimes more people want to be in your photograph

I was finishing up the second of three private lighting lessons I'm teaching this weekend when I realized that most of my posts about light modifiers have been showing a single subject where I can get the light in real close. (If you are in the Seattle area and are interested in personalized lighting classes please contact me through the web site.)

After today's class I decided to gather a group of subjects, including a live person this time (your's truly) to see what some of these lights would do in a small home studio situation.

Like yesterday's post, the subjects are mostly static. There is only one light. It is approximately 60" away from the center model (wearing the beads). Camera on a tripod. This time the aperture was f/11 with the flash output raised or lowered to match the exposure between frames. All were at ISO 100 except for  the second bare bulb image where I had to jump up to ISO 400. No fill cards or fill light except for a white card in that same second bare bulb image where I was trying to get a feel of the afternoon sun in the studio.

This time I just used the studio strobe (Speedotron 805 pack with one 202VF head) and a variety of light modifiers (Photek Softlighter, 7' umbrellas, beauty dish, soft boxes, etc.). Light was to camera left, about 2 feet in front of the group, feathered slightly foreword ofd the group to get the most even light I could for the group from the one light.

If you want a large file (around 2.3MB) to look at or print out, you can download it from Dropbox

group-photos-modifier-demonstration.jpg

I really hope that you have enjoyed these last few posts. Here are links to the first three in the series: It Is More Than Just SizeWhat About Silver Umbrellas, and Comparing Light Modifiers (for an individual portrait). Contact me if you are interested in photography and lighting classes in the Seattle area.

Thanks!
John

PS: Adding a couple of lighting diagrams from http://www.lightingdiagrams.com/Creator to help better show how these were lit.

Basic set up for all test images except the bare bulb from behind and the ring light

Basic set up for all test images except the bare bulb from behind and the ring light

Lighting set up for the bare bulb from behind example

Lighting set up for the bare bulb from behind example

Thanks again for sharing and for your comments!
John