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Lighting Breakdown Bambi Cantrell Interview by Ron Egatz
WE ARE PLEASED TO PRESENT SOME LIGHTING TIPS AND TRICKS FROM BAMBI CANTRELL IN HER OWN WORDS.
SCREAMING MAN PORTRAIT I
was teaching a workshop. One of things I try to teach in my class is how to break away
from just the nuance. All of us do normal portraits and normal family photography and I photograph lots of weddings and just the normal things we do.
In addition to that, my goal is to do something a little bit different to kind of shake people up. I want them to see on my Web site what I can do that makes me different and that's why they'll hire me. The funny part of this is usually people don't say, "Hey, I want you to body-paint me like you did that guy." But they will hire me because they saw the creative side I do and that I do things a little bit different.
For the shot of the screaming man, I used a Profoto Softbox 5' Octa. The main light is coming from the left- hand side. I only used that and a strip light on the right-hand side. I took a light meter reading of the gentleman's face and then underexposed by about a stop because of his dark skin tone.
On the strip light, I was one stop
under what my exposure was because I don't want it to be as bright as the main light. I wanted at least a stop under that just to give me a little separation between him and the background. The edge light very faintly wraps around his right side. The background is just a wall.
I used a body painter in Las Vegas for this portrait. I think it's important to network with people in
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