A lights night with a bit of muscle!

On the evening of Monday 18th September John Gardner presented the latest of his regular series of “Lights Nights” from our own professional photographer John Gardner. It is a practical evening where John comes along with lighting and model(s) to demonstrate on how to set up lighting, either in your home or in a studio, and demonstrates what can be achieved. Each time he tries to introduce a new technique and everyone is encouraged to bring their gear along as there are plenty of opportunities to shoot effectively-lit shots yourself. This evening there was Jason, a male model, for John to light. The lighting setup was very simple with just one studio flash off centre at the front. This was complemented by a smaller flash at the rear to stop the model, dressed in black, merging into the black background. John explained that lighting for males tends to be different as harsh shadows are often welcomed and a “grungy” effect could add to the drama. When shooting female models usually more light is used to soften the skin and eliminate many of the shadows. He also showed how to get the best out of the model by varying their position  and the shooting angle. Everyone had a good opportunity to use their own kit to get images and there was plenty of comparisons and tips circulating all evening. Thanks John and Jason for a good evening. You can see some of the images members produced on the night in the gallery below – and if you have any of yours to add please email them to steve@sgw.me.uk or wccweb@sgw.me.uk and I will add them to the gallery.

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