Glamor Shots: Umbrella Lights - Filmmaking & Cinematography Tutorial 10

Uploaded by polcan99 on 23.08.2010

Hi. Welcome to another filmmaking tutorial. My name is Tom Antos.
And today I’m going to talk about umbrella lights and their use in fashion, glamor photography and music videos.
Here’s an example that we’re going to be working on.
This is the original scene.
And we’re going to turn this
into this shot.
This example uses only three lights. As in most of my tutorials, I try to stick to
as few lights as possible. And also to lights that are available to
most people out there, so you can try this on your production at home, but still be able to get
professional results. So, the first thing I’ll start off is explaining
what are umbrella lights. Umbrella lights are basically, as you see
in this example... an umbrella with a silver lining inside it, which allows you
to bounce light off it. It is very similar to any kind of a reflector.
It’s used in photography or film or video productions.
The difference is the shape of it.
Because of its curved shape, it bounces light within the umbrella... internally a lot more,
creating a very even, soft kind of a look. Umbrella lights are sort of like soft boxes,
but they are a little bit less directional and the shadows, I would say, are even softer.
Here is the light that I’m going to use in this example.
It mounts on a standard light stand. You can buy this mount that holds
the light bulbs and umbrella together on eBay or in any kind of a photography store.
Just look out there. This one that I got cost me $80, I believe,
altogether. Basically, what it does, it mounts on a standard light stand
and then it will allow you attach an umbrella.
The umbrella that I’m using in this example is fairly large. It’s around 45 or 50 inches,
I believe. Which is probably as big an umbrella as you
will ever want. It will allow you to light a pretty big area.
Let’s say you’re lighting a model. You’ll can light them from head to toe.
You can see me up here mounting the umbrella into this light stand...
And then up here, I’m going to put in two light bulbs. These are fluorescent light bulbs.
They are about a 100W each. The reason why I’m using fluorescent
as opposed to tungsten lights is because this umbrella that I have cannot handle
very high temperatures. And since fluorescent lights produce
very little heat, they work perfectly. If I were to put, let’s say, a 1000W tungsten light,
it would probably melt the umbrella, or set the whole thing on fire,
which is not the safest way to work. Whereas these two fluorescent light bulbs
together they draw around 200W, yet the amount of light they output is comparable to, probably,
around a 600W tungsten light. So, they’re pretty nice and strong.
And basically what you do is point these light bulbs straight at the umbrella, not at your subject.
So that you’re not lighting the subject directly with the light bulbs.
Instead, what you’re doing is allowing the light to bounce all over the umbrella and
then shine back onto your subject... creating a big light source.
Then, the second kind of a light that I’m going to be using in this example is
a 1000W tungsten. These are actually Red Heads.
You see me mounting them up here. And here in the back I adjust them to “Spot”
so that they limit the amount of spill. This way, they create this very concentrated
light source. Here is a little diagram of how
the whole set-up looks. We start with the camera... pointing it
at our foreground subject and in the corner on the left side,
we’ll see our background subject leaning against the post.
Again, this whole set-up is located at the back of this little restaurant / lounge,
that had a lot of very nice practical lights... on the walls, the chandeliers that you see
there in the corner, which add a lot to the overall look of this shot.
Once again, this is something that I talk about in Tutorial 1 and then later on,
in Tutorial, I believe, 3. Production value, location, scouting, all those kind of things,
they all add up to the overall look of your shot. So, it’s something to pay attention to.
Then here I add the 200W umbrella, which is just off to the left side of the camera
and around six feet away from the subject. And then I just put two of the 1000W lights.
One aiming straight at the subject in the background and just illuminating her.
And then another one to the right side, slightly behind our foreground subject...
creating this rim light from the side. It adds a more dramatic touch to the shot.
And here is the final shot. What it still is missing is a little bit of
color correction, which we’ll do at the end.
I want to show you a few more examples of what you can do with umbrella lights.
Here are a few photographs that I took a few years back of this model.
In here, as you can see, what allowed me to create this very even, soft kind of a light
- no harsh shadows, as you can see; the skin also looks very, very smooth and silky.
That’s kind of what big umbrella lights are good for, because they add
this very even and very soft reflection on the skin... or any metal object.
You can see up here when you look at the bracelet she’s wearing.
Or also in the eyes of the subject or any kind of shiny surfaces.
It just adds this nice sparkle, this glamor look to your shot.
Now, we’re going to go back to our example. Here is with the color correction
our final, final shot. I’m intercutting it here with
a wider version of that shot. All I simply did was I changed out the lens.
I started out on a 50mm lens and then I switched to a 24mm lens.
And I didn’t have to readjust the lights. This way I got two different kinds of shots
that I can intercut together. And here is the final thing.
I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any more suggestions, comments,
please leave them below and also, if you create any videos yourself
using some of these techniques that I explained up here,
feel free to respond to this video and I’m going to add it so others can see.
And also, if you have any questions or comments,
message me or email me. Thanks. Bye.