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Bilsen 02-01-2012 04:58 PM

February challenge -- hard light
 
We all know the mantra "Soft Light Good, Hard Light Bad".

The challenge this month is to stand that rule on it's head. Show your hard light work that works.

Please include how it was shot and limit to 3 shots only

Bobby Deal 02-01-2012 11:08 PM

Re: February challenge -- hard light
 
Here are 3 from me

Larissa Reise
Shot with a single Bowen Mono Spot studio strobe

http://photocamel.com/gallery/data/6411/RDP_9391.jpg

Morgan
Shot with a single 16" beauty dish

http://photocamel.com/gallery/data/6411/DSC_4967.jpg

Good VS Evil
Shot with bare bulb 2 x 1000W tungsten one above and behind one camera right
http://photocamel.com/gallery/data/6411/RDP_30301.jpg

wolfd 02-01-2012 11:10 PM

Re: February challenge -- hard light
 
Both great shots, Bobby.

Bilsen 02-02-2012 09:56 AM

Re: February challenge -- hard light
 
Hard light with Marketa.

One large softbox strobe to camera left and two gelled speesligyts on the BKG

http://bilsen.zenfolio.com/img/s11/v36/p153819170-4.jpg

2.
http://bilsen.zenfolio.com/img/s3/v41/p319610958-4.jpg

3. No front lighting. One gridded spot on the BKG.
http://bilsen.zenfolio.com/img/s3/v39/p653704721-4.jpg

wolfd 02-02-2012 11:12 AM

Re: February challenge -- hard light
 
Very nice, Steve.

Bobby Deal 02-02-2012 01:16 PM

Re: February challenge -- hard light
 
John I think perhaps the use of a soft box does not reflect the Hard quality of light we are looking for. The difference between single light with a soft box and single light with a bare bulb, reflector, grid or beauty dish is significant. While the end result may be a harder shadow the quality of light on the model is still quite soft when using a soft box :)

KennethB 02-04-2012 12:16 AM

Re: February challenge -- hard light
 
I'd say based on the shadow under the chin that it was a harder light. A softbox can still give a hard light if it is far enough away from the subject

AndersonArtwork 02-05-2012 10:06 AM

Re: February challenge -- hard light
 
3 Attachment(s)
Here are mine. 1 and 3 are shot in full sunlight coming into a shaded background...the light doesn't get much harder than this. The second is shot with one unmodified speed flash on the model and another unmodified speedflash shooting through a candlelabra as a gobo for the background.

fullcity 02-05-2012 10:31 PM

Re: February challenge -- hard light
 
2 Attachment(s)
Bree (LA Models) shot with a Profoto Hardbox.
Emily shot with sunlight.

Although I consider both to be hard light sources based on the crispness of the shadows (non-fuzzy), that is not the only characteristic of hard light IMO.

Bobby Deal 02-06-2012 04:22 AM

Re: February challenge -- hard light
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by fullcity (Post 1508821)
Bree (LA Models) shot with a Profoto Hardbox.
Emily shot with sunlight.

Although I consider both to be hard light sources based on the crispness of the shadows (non-fuzzy), that is not the only characteristic of hard light IMO.

I agree, to my eye hard light has more punch, crisper detail edges, stronger contrast and a greater sense of depth and dimension.


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