Sometimes you will find a certain spot when shooting outdoors that has it all. Great soft lighting, nice background, natural hair light and maybe even a kicker light. In the image below the mask of his face is lit by bounced sunlight off of some white clouds at camera left (daylight.) This light is coming through a spot where there are no large trees blocking the directional light. The kicker light, which is highlighting the left side of his face, is from direct sunlight coming through a small hole in the canopy of the forest. I took this image about 5:30 P.M. last evening. There are several reasons this light is so soft even though it is sunshine. For one, the sun loses its intensity as it gets nearer the horizon, so it can be used even in the summer. Two, the sun in the fall and winter "up north" is not quite as intense as it is in the summer. Three, it was slightly diffused by the yellow leaves of some trees.
Benji's Book Posing and Lighting
My full color 8.5 x 11 inch glossy 44 page book on how to pose and light the high school senior girl is in my hands are ready to be shipped. It has 44 different poses in it, including head and shoulders, waist up, 3/4 and full length poses. Twenty six poses are shown without a prop, most of the rest of the poses are with chairs that can be bought locally in a second hand furniture store (or new!) I also show a steel "school" chair that I have modified, and I've included instructions how to do it. Four pages of lighting diagrams and five wide angle shots showing the entire scene, then the actual close up shot of that same image so you can see just what the heck the rest of her body is doing to get that great close up shot! LOTS of posing and lighting tips in easy to understand language. Poses for the larger gal as well as the size 6 senior are shown. This is a "lay flat" book that you can show to your client and let her choose what she likes thereby eliminating poses that will not sell.
Benji's Video Photographing The High School Senior in the New MillenniumOver 45 minutes long and jam packed with lots of good instruction on posing and lighting for the high school senior girl. How to get beautiful indoor lighting for head and shoulders portraits, 3/4 length and full length poses. All of this and lots more are covered, most showing exactly what I do to get the shot. I show in several of the images what problems will crop up when YOU attempt this pose and what you need to do to correct it. The exact placement of the lights to get these shots is also covered in detail. Outdoor poses are covered also. Perfect exposure quickly and easily whether you are shooting digital or film. This is the instructional video for you. You have already experienced my easy to understand style of teaching in my tutorials found here and several of them are included in this video also.
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