For Episode 002 of our bi-weekly series, “Conversations with Friends,” we had the opportunity to sit down with award-winning photographer and wonderful educator, Bobbi Lane, to discuss lighting techniques for video and how to stay current as a professional photographer.
For many photographers and filmmakers it is key to be portable and be able to pack and unpack very quickly, so we decided to bring only two cameras (the Canon EOS 7D with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM lens, and a Canon EOS 60D with a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens), two tripods, two hot lights, and two silver umbrellas.
We tested two lighting scenarios; the first one was a typical cross lighting set up very commonly used by still photographers. Bobbi explained that this “gives you two sets of highlights and two sets of shadows, and does not look natural. It creates more contrast and brings no depth to the subject.” This, she added, is not the best way to do it, and explained that creating dimension with video could be achieved with the equipment we had. “You still need to have the same sensibility in video that you have with stills. A lot of people forget that, and light everything flat.”
The second scenario we tested had a much better result. We set up one main light with a silver umbrella frontally facing us, and used the accessory light as both a hair light and background light, to create more dimension. Bobbi’s main critique was to use a larger white umbrella to spread the light evenly on two subjects and to achieve better skin tones. She also expressed to us the importance of staying current as an artist and to keep yourself immersed by working with a variety of people.
Coming soon, we will be posting some images as well as the lighting set up we used for this video.
Many thanks to Bobbi Lane for taking part in our Conversations with Friends. To see her work, and register for her exciting upcoming workshops (including Valentine’s Day in Venice during the Carnival!) click here.
Our wine today was 2009 Duorum Douro Tons de Duorum, from the beautiful region of Douro in Portugal. “Firm and minerally, with good power behind the dark plum, cherry and spice flavors. Notes of dust and dark chocolate linger on the refined finish. Drink now through 2016.”
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