One Light, One Chair Intro
"One Light, One Chair," is a photography theme I'm working that often inspires me, like this photograph of Melissa.
As you’ll figure out while surfing this photoblog, one of my favorite working themes, for almost ten years now, is called, “One Light, One Chair.” The emphasis of this theme is not specifically a chair as the way we know it, but anything that involves something we sit, lay, or support ourselves on. So unlike this image, sometimes you might not see a “physical” chair with four legs, it might just be a seat of a forklift, motorcycle, bicycle, or even the armrest of a sofa or the flat edge of a rock, but all the photographs will have one thing in common, the model is illuminated by only one light.
Taking a page for no hard requirement of a four-legged chair, the light source could be the Sun, the Moon, the light bouncing off a reflector or even the modeling lamp (the tungsten light that stays continuously on in a studio flash head), but not necessarily a studio flash unit or on-camera flash. The emphasis on the photographic lighting is any viable light source, especially with today’s clean, crisp high ISO (think film speed) digital cameras.
In this photo of Melissa, taken during one of my Virgin Islands, “Glamour, Beauty and the Nude” photography workshops, the model was lit with my typical monolight setup with the flash turned on. While the modeling lamp is on too, it’s light temperature is knocked out by the flash when it fires, however, the modeling lamp is important to show me what I’ll be capturing based on where my light will be striking.
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