On November 28, 2015, I made decision that would completely change my business forever, I purchased the Milky Way’s Illuminate course.
Just a little information before I go further. I love natural light, I really really do, but my in-home studio has only one small window. It does not let in nearly enough light, so I use strobes in the studio. I have used strobes for the last 3 years, but I was not using them correctly, which made my post-processing so much harder and longer. I would end up with hot spots like this:
See how the top of his head and his face is covered by the light from the strobe? And his arm is blown out? And take note of the way the light is causing the shadows to fall on his face and body. I thought that I was doing it right, at least I was doing the best I could with what I had. Keep in mind that this image has been edited, so it was much worse than this straight out of the camera(SOOC).
Then there was the ghoul lighting….eeekkk. Yep, I am guilty of doing this and not realizing how unflattering it was to my subjects!! What is ghoul lighting? It’s the kind of lighting you get when you hold a flashlight under your chin while telling a scary story. It’s also called up lighting, lighting from the bottom up. Doing this causes shadows to fall in places on the face and body that do not look pleasant. Like this:
Notice that the light is coming from the bottom, from feet towards her face, and which is causing the shadows to fall in all of the wrong places. Lighting should always come from the head so that it flows down the face and body and lights it in a beautiful way.
Then I thought I figured it out! I’ll just put my light in front of my subjects, like this:
Looks pretty good, right?!? I thought so! I had found out the secret. So what is wrong with this lighting? It’s flat! There are no shadows, therefore, no depth.
So here I was, pulling my hair because I was not achieving the type of lighting that I so desperately wanted to. That is when heaven smiled down on me and sent me an angel named Lisa from The Milky Way! I had been emailing back and forth with Lisa about lighting when she made me aware of a course that she teaches called Illuminate. I was hesitant at first, honestly it took me a few months to take that first step and I have never looked back!
I have learned so much, from the very first video, that I am no longer intimidated by lighting, in fact, I look forward to every studio session because I now have confidence that my lighting will be beautiful.
If you are like I was and beside yourself with studio lighting, Illuminate is the answer to your problems! I promise! I am not being compensated in any way to write this blog, in fact, Lisa doesn’t even know about it yet! You will learn so much from the beginning and you will also have that aha moment, like I did. I thought, can it really be this simple! Yes, it can and it is!
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below. If I don’t know the answer, I know someone who does! And before I go, here are some “after illuminate” images so you can see the difference in the lighting.
See the shadow under her nose? That is perfection! It’s what every newborn photographer strives for…the Butterfly!
No flat lighting here!!
I have truly learned to love shadows. I was so misguided before illuminate! I am so thankful for this course!