365 Pages: Week 38 (Self-Portraits)

Monday, September 23, 2013

This week, self-portraits! With very dramatic lighting.

So I’m trying something different this week, painting from my own photo reference. I recently picked up a basic photography lighting setup so I could take better reference photos, and actually control the lighting the way I want.

The setup I’m using is essentially the exact setup described on Strobist’s Lighting 101 guide (external flash mounted on a light stand, connected to the camera using a sync kit). My setup is actually even more spare than that, because I didn’t even use an umbrella to diffuse the light — just a direct flash. But this way I get those dramatic, interesting cast shadows that painters love and photographers always want to avoid.

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