Last post we talked about basic lighting experience and the problems that I faced during my tests.
In this post we will talk about a simple method to avoid the 2 problems that we saw in previous post:
- The bright spot on the back. This is due to the camera right light, almost next to the camera. It is this light that causes the reflection on the wall.
- Dull shadows. Not so evident but look between my and Mehar’s head…there is the darker region. This is our shadows on the wall. Not desirable.
I bought the Smith Victor KT500 lighting unit about a month ago, and started doing experiments with the lights in my basement. I had a pretty clean wall for the background, in deep red color. I set the lights up, assembly was a breeze, the umbrellas that came with the unit are decent sized for a portrait.
Soon I set up my D40 on a tripod, and am all set, except for one thing. Since I was doing this with timer shots, there was no good way that my D40 would auto focus once I press the shutter and run and stand in the spot…I had to focus on **something** to press the shutter, and then when I ran into the spot, it wasn’t focusing on me obviously.