Behind the Scene: Lighting on location with a 12 x 12 silk
In my Location Lighting class, we had a demo with a 12x12 silk. I have never used a 12x12 silk before in my life but it was a thrilling experience and produced a magnificent quality of soft light that I loved. I am a person who likes to see how the subjects will look like in different lightings; modeling lights on strobes give me an estimate of what my photo will look like, but nothing compares to seeing what the photo looks like as you take it.
For me, an introduction to a 12x12 silk was an enlightening experiment because you can create soft or harsh lighting just by moving the subject back and forth. Additionally, you can modify the light with negative fill, white fill, silver cards, and gold cards to change the look without any use of power. I want to do more outdoor lighting and portraiture with a 12x12 but it is a big set-up and requires several persons' help. Maybe in the future!--but for now, I will work with a 6x6 silk, which is easy to carry and use.
In this assignment/demo, we were given to photograph one another with 1) Silk with no fill 2) Silk with white fill 3) Silk with negative fill 4) Silk with a silver card or silver board and 5) Combine silk with a 2 or more of the lighting modifiers to create something unique.
For me, my fifth set-up worked out the best. I found that it defined Brookes' (my classmate) face feature with a dramatic look to it. If I were to change something, it would be his pose because the neck line makes his head look turned and uncomfortable.
Also: thanks to my friends who helped me with the assignment. :)