Portrait Lighting with an incandescent Floodlight
4 Apr 2014
Since we currently had a challenge on portrait lighting, I got in practice to see what I could do with an incandescent floodlight to supplement the room lighting. I progressed to using two floodlights later on.
The one thing I liked about the flood light is that I could manually set my camera at a 100 ISO for some of my portraits with a slow shutter speed and I did not have to use flash.. I am a big fan of existing light for portraits. Another thing I liked was that it literally warmed the cold room upstairs. It was pouring rain outside when I started the project and it was raining again when I ended it a few weeks later..
What I did not like was that it also got a bit bright at times for my eyes! On the other hand it forced me to change my poses and expressions so that I wasn't always looking at the camera or the flood light. I found that it created some shadows which could have been avoided if there had been room to get at least 5 feet away from the background and to move the flood lights back further...but I did not have that option in the confinements of the space that I worked in.
My self portraits are not perfect..Many of them are terrible, and I am sure that I have deleted more than I have kept. I have the utmost respect for the professionals who know exactly what they are doing.
As the weeks went on it gave me time to take an honest look at what I had done on this project and I could see room for improvement. Consequently, I replaced the images that I felt lacked what I was trying to convey with flood lights...I added an impressionist background that I bought many years ago, but since I did most of this project in a available corner of a small room there was not space to put the canvas background on a stand and the only alternative was for me to tack the upper edges to the ceiling ...A big project in itself that took some time.
In conclusion through this experience my choice remains with outside natural morning light but I gave the flood lights a try anyway even though I may not have done everything right, I think I learned from it.