Studio Lighting

There are three types of lighting. These are

Natural – daylight

Blended – daylight and artificial


Today I did a shoot that was based outdoors. In a group of six, we had to create a set- up where the background was darker than the model. For this we used a studio light with soft box, sync cable, battery and exposure meter. Through this we came up with a range of imagery but this was out final shot. Making it blended light but was mainly natural.

Here we had to work out how far away we needed the subject and lighting from each other and the background. This was made tricky though as when we did get the settings right we had to capture an image quickly due to the sun keep going behind the clouds. Meaning we lost the main source of light. However, the shoot did end successfully.

Afterwards, we did a shoot that was based in more of a shadowed area. From this we still used the sunlight as the main source but also needed the studio light much sharper and more prominently. Due to this we didn’t use the soft box for this shoot. This is our best shot from this shoot. This was more of a blended set-up.

As a final shoot we also did a shoot based more in the openness but where there was also high amount of shadow. For this the shadow was more prominent and the artificial and natural lights were both key pieces. This was the chosen image from this shoot.

From this I found that choosing the light was more difficult when it was based more on the sunlight than on the studio light as it was harder to control. However, I found that working on location with both types of light interesting, as I had never done this before. So it was something new to me.

Too add to the lighting tasks, today I did a shoot based in the studio. Here we had to do five different tasks. For this we used:

List of items

Soft Box

Single Head kit

Exposure Meter


Task 1

Using a soft box or reflector, light the model with direct lighting. Do this with a white reflector and a black reflector.

Image with white reflector


From this we found that the white reflector created extra light.

Image with black reflector

Here the black reflector created extra shadow.

Task 2


Place the light at 90 degrees from the model; take a shot with and without a reflector. What is the difference?

Here the difference was that without the reflector there was a shadow created in the area where the light couldn’t reach. This is due to light travelling in straight lines.

Where as here with the reflector, light could be directed meaning that it could reach more areas. So there was no shadow.

Task 3

Place the light above the camera. How different does the light look in a different position?


From doing this the light covers more area intern the model was lighter and less shadows were formed. It also meant that the background and surrounding area was also lighter compared to before.

Task 4

Does different light placement work better with different faces?


From doing this test it was shown that with darker hair and skin. The light would work well on a higher power compared to people with lighter hair and skin. Where the light would become more washed out. Meaning that the power of the light had to be changed so to benefit the model more, giving more detail and colour in the model. With less light and power.

Task 5

Using either the snoot and/or honeycomb repeat the task.


When using these, the light appeared in a clear circular position. Which depending on the size and space they determined how much light was allowed through and the size of the circle of light. This led to there being more darkness with a smaller honeycomb or snoot and more light with the larger honeycomb.

The smaller amount of light was also easier to control as it covered less space. However, the larger surface of light meant that all the area had the light spread over it evenly.


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