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| p.1 #5 · Problem with lighting on 2 subjects |
When lighting any single subject you need to consider: 1) the angle of the key light and fill to the face using the bridge of the nose as your reference point to control the pattern, and; 2) the distance of the light to the face to control the character of the light and exposure.
With more than one face in a photo the challenge is doing that on all of them at the same time. The easiest way to do that is: 1) poses the faces very close together, and; 2) keep the noses pointing the same direction. If you do that they wind up the same distance from the lights with a similar pattern on them.
For groups, which is any portrait with 2 or more people in it, I my first choice is centered butterfly lighting because it makes it easier to keep both faces the same distance from the light with the same pattern on them. Lighting two faces with the key light to the side makes it more difficult to keep the pattern the same because compositionally you want one face slightly lower than the other which will put the two faces at different angles to the light.
If you try this advice you should be able to compare with the results you have here and see the difference.
I did another shoot.
The baby was Very, Very hard to get to look at the camera.. had to have my spouse get over my head and talk to her constantly.. Finally, using what you said.. get the subjects to be close as possible.. I had the mother whispering to the baby and giving her kisses.. that worked..
But still, the baby's skin is so translucent...I guess that is just the way it is going to be?
I notice in shooting that I must have the light units up quite high in power or I lose the details in te eyes.. they become blurry.. not out of focus, just that they do not show every facet of details.. so, the fine line between enough light.. and blown out skin tones on the babies.. is so fine!