By June 18, 2013 0 Comments

How to Light Talking Portraits that POP with LEDs

While relearning how to light my hybrid photographs and talking portraits using LED Lighting, I have been attempting to get a similar look to what I’m used to with my strobes.  I’ve found that by using 2 LED Panels, I can light the subject to create separation from the background.  By introducing a hair light / rim light / separation light, it’s one way you can easily raise the quality of your lighting for Talking Portraits. 

The lighting chart I had my assistants draw up. It didn’t work so well….

In this example I am using a generic LED Panel I have in for testing and the Manfrotto 840LED.    The Manfrotto unit has a fairly narrow spread to the light and works best as a spot light.  This is why I have chosen to use it for the hair light / rim light.  The generic panel creates a much broader and softer key light for the talent.  To show you where I am setting up the lights in the form of a lighting chart, I had my assistants write one up.   It didn’t go so well… 

About the Author:

Steve Lynch is a portrait photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He has over 12 years of experience with photography, television and film production and engineering, and has been shooting professionally for the past 5 years. As a single father of 2 girls, he recently returned from taking 18 months off after his youngest daughter Savannah was born. He's refocusing his photography business towards a commercial / advertising direction while incorporating eProducts and Talking Portraits into his workflow.

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