Monday, April 5, 2010
The image below shows the scene before I have setup a single light. There is detail everywhere and that is good but ceiling lights are blown out and some of the shadow areas need to be brighter. My approach is to add some overall broad additions to the lighting and some selective spots as well. Here is how I did it.
This next image shows where I placed the lights.
If you look at the final image top you can see where the machine operators are. What was important to the client was the vertical metal panel that goes up above where the foreground operator is. I also have two operators, front and right rear. My first big light is an umbrella (2) and its job is to spread light everywhere on the side of this furnace right above the number 8. I next setup a light panel (3) and shined a light throught it. This is like having a super large lightbox and the idea is to create a large highlight on the vertical metal panel above the operator.
Another light (5) is on a tall stand and raised high. It has a grid on it and its job is to light the end of the furnace where the metal panel reaches the furnace. Below light (5) is light (6) and it is hidden behind the light panel. It also has a grid and is aimed at the foreground operators face to light him up. Another light (7) has a large umbrella and it is placed in the rear right. Its job is to place that nice highlight on the back of the rear operator and also add some fill light throughtout that area of the scene.
Yet another light is hidden behind the furnace (1) and it has a large umbrella. Its job is to light behind the furnace and keep it from going dark back there. Another light hidden behind the furnace (8) has a grid spot on it and it is aimed at the face of the rear operator. The final light (9) is a strobe with a blue gel, also hidden behind the furnace and on a low floor light stand. It places that blue splash of light on the underside of the furnace.
And it is a juggling act so to speak. You shoot tests and then adjust lights to lighten or darken until you have a good balance of light distribution.
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