|External flash aimed straight on|
|External flash bounced off ceiling|
|One light setup, 45 degrees left|
I shot this photo with a one light setup to camera left. I'm new to this and I think there are some issues with this photo. I don't like the shadow caused by the nose and I also lost most of the highlight on the left side of her face from a distant window. You can most notably see this highlight in the first shot with the built-in flash. It was a partly cloudy morning some one minute I'd have great light coming through the window but it would be gone the next. It was driving me more than a little batty. Solution, make your own good light.
I really think this is the coolest thing in the world. Don't like the light, change it! Can I do that? Sure can! This is when we really began having a good time. The exact thought in my head was, "I'll make my own damn highlight".
Instead of waiting on the sun that wanted to pop in and pop out with blatant disregard for what we were trying to accomplish I set up a second speedlite in front of the window. The final lighting setup then was then one flash shooting through an umbrella, slightly elevated, around 30 degrees camera left and a second flash unmodified 90 degrees camera right.
|Two light setup|
The end result was a little better than I had anticipated. Once I had the light setup how I wanted it we could really begin to have some fun. We shifted her pose slightly to get her shoulders off plane and I was able to create that highlight on her left side that I was looking for. This was definitely a trial-and-error process but we had fun. I can't stress that enough, fun. It was really the most important factor. If you can capture the model's beauty they'll sit for you all day.