Head Shots

This week I learned a lot about using lighting and flashes for head shots. I had never really done much with indoor lighting or studio style shooting so this was a great experience for me. A really good example of some phenomenal head shots is Peter Hurley (click here to check out some of his work). He does an incredible job working with lighting. And this week I specifically learned about four types of lighting patterns for portraits: Split, Rembrandt, Loop, and Butterfly. Split lighting is where only half of the face is lit, which makes the portrait higher contrast and more mysterious. Rembrandt lighting shows a little bit more light, with the nose created a triangle shadow that can appear more dramatic (the two bottom pictures are examples of this lighting pattern). Loop lighting lights up the face more with the shadow becoming more rounded, like a loop (the top right photo is an example of loop lighting). Butterfly lighting comes from more of the top, leaving a small butterfly shaped shadow under the nose (the top left is an example of this). All of these head shots below were taken with my Canon 70D and a 18-135mm lens. The lighting was provided mostly by continuous lights and occasional use of reflectors. With the lens I used I made sure to zoom in at least past 50mm to make sure to avoid weird facial distortion. When I was finished, I imported them to Adobe Lightroom and made a few adjustments with exposure and curves.

Head shot rembrant
Head shot rembrandt