My wife and I had fun working on some self portraits for a “2011 Adventures” book we are building. These books have become an annual affair, both in building the book and capturing the self portraits. It will also give us something look back on years down the road.
The lighting was very simple in this setup. I used a single AlienBees B800 strobe in a 3×4 foot Photoflex Softbox. Since it was daytime with light shining through the curtains in our living room, I set the camera to a low ISO (100), causing it to need more light for the exposure, plus I stopped down the lens to an aperture of f16. This caused whatever ambient light in the room to disappear with the only visible light to the camera being created in the softbox.
I positioned Kel to get the light just right on her face, then had her freeze that position. I set up the camera to capture an image every 7 seconds, then I jumped into the photo, trying to match the orientation of my face to hers so that the shadows would fall similarly on both our faces. The camera captured about a dozen images, as I slowly moved my head position, hoping that at least one of them would be what I was looking for.
Here is my result. Not an exact match, but pretty close.
Do you like dramatic lighting like this for portraits, or do you prefer a more evenly lit scene?