Now that I seem to be mastering manual mode and adjusting shutter speed, aperture and ISO to control my histogram and the levels of black, grey and white in my images I thought I would have another go with my daughters lights.
I set it up initially in the conservatory again which is not ideal as the changes in the sunlight caused a nuisance but I did move the backdrop and one light (Less space) into my lounge and pulled down the blinds. This enabled me to get more of the shots I was hoping for, god knows what the neighbours thought…Husband at home, curtains drawn! I also experimented with close-ups of the body to try to show shape and texture using the lighting.
Overall I was fairly pleased with how it went in a very short space of time, I definitely felt more in control of my equipment.
Is it quite clear in this first set of images that although I set the lights up differently each time the natural light in the room countered it so that the actual changes are only subtle. In this environment it might have made a difference if I had used flash lighting instead of continuous. I do however like the light on the third image as it is reflected in his eyes and lights his skin.
In this second set of images ( The first line uses a soft box, the second line does not) I moved the back drop and one continuous light into my lounge and pulled down the blinds so that I had no additional light sources other than the one light. The effect is far greater and much more effective.
In this third set of images I tried to see if the darker setting and using the one light would help to add texture and define shape which I think was successful.