Lights, camera, action! In this tut we’ll venture out on lighting for a specific look. The idea behind this shoot is to recreate light sources that mimic stage light. The main actor, a Cort guitar! Let’s first set the stage…
Gear & Props
2 x Flashes
Blue Flash Gel
Orange Flash Gel
Shutter Speed 1/200
Flash (soft box) TTL Metering
Flash No. 2 Manual Power
So how do we create stage lighting? Well easy, sort of. Think about a stage and what it looks like, what type of, and where are the light source located usually. Use your creativity then to place flashes in the same position, but only on a smaller scale of course. Usually stages have a warm atmosphere, and so the ambient light would have a warm color temperature, tungsten lights to set the mood maybe. Then there will be different colored spotlights, mounted above the stage, to create certain effects and awaken certain feelings.
This can give us some pointers on how the lights should be set up. First the guitar is mounted on its stand to determine the height and position. To set the warm atmosphere ‘down on the ground’, a flash with an orange gel is set on the floor, about 2 meters in front and slightly to the side of the guitar. A second flash (to recreate a blue stage spotlight) is mounted above the guitar in a soft box, and blue gelled.
A few test shots were fired, and some tweaking done to the lights regarding output and positioning and voila!
Here are some more fun images, not stage like, since the lights were around.