Ring flash lit images seem to be all the rage in today's photographic circles. These units are made for fashion photography but can be used in portraiture if your subject is very thin and your make up artist is familiar with creating depth and dimension with cosmetics.
The young lady pictured below saw my ring flash in my camera room last Saturday and asked what it was. I told her it was a "fashion light" for models. She asked if I would use it on her and I said I would, but I doubt she will like the results. I suggested we shoot two images, one with the ring flash (which produces very flat lighting) and another with portrait lighting. I used short lighting to slenderize her face. I will post the ring flash image first, then the short lit image. Note how much thinner her face appears in the short lit image. BOTH of these images were shot with the same camera and lens within a few seconds of each other.
P.S. She hated the ring flash lit image.
Benji's Book Posing and Lighting
My full color 8.5 x 11 inch glossy 44 page book on how to pose and light the high school senior girl is in my hands are ready to be shipped. It has 44 different poses in it, including head and shoulders, waist up, 3/4 and full length poses. Twenty six poses are shown without a prop, most of the rest of the poses are with chairs that can be bought locally in a second hand furniture store (or new!) I also show a steel "school" chair that I have modified, and I've included instructions how to do it. Four pages of lighting diagrams and five wide angle shots showing the entire scene, then the actual close up shot of that same image so you can see just what the heck the rest of her body is doing to get that great close up shot! LOTS of posing and lighting tips in easy to understand language. Poses for the larger gal as well as the size 6 senior are shown. This is a "lay flat" book that you can show to your client and let her choose what she likes thereby eliminating poses that will not sell.
Benji's Video Photographing The High School Senior in the New MillenniumOver 45 minutes long and jam packed with lots of good instruction on posing and lighting for the high school senior girl. How to get beautiful indoor lighting for head and shoulders portraits, 3/4 length and full length poses. All of this and lots more are covered, most showing exactly what I do to get the shot. I show in several of the images what problems will crop up when YOU attempt this pose and what you need to do to correct it. The exact placement of the lights to get these shots is also covered in detail. Outdoor poses are covered also. Perfect exposure quickly and easily whether you are shooting digital or film. This is the instructional video for you. You have already experienced my easy to understand style of teaching in my tutorials found here and several of them are included in this video also.
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