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Low Key lighting.


True Modelling by Iolaire Photography Jan 2013 

On Monday I had the pleasure working with True Modelling and experimenting  with low key lighting, inspired by the film noir films of the 40s and 50s. Low Key lighting is a technique which utilises one primary strong light to create a harsh strong lighting that conveys a dark, moody and even threatening atmosphere to the photographs. I mainly used only this one light source and a reflector to eliminate unwanted shadows, and it was definitely a hit or miss type of shoot, but produced a few images that I really liked.

femme fatale[1] A classic Low Key lighting effect

It really is a hot or miss sort of thing as the primary source of lighting is very specific, moving the model, or even asking them to change pose means moving the light. Not using a soft box also means using a reflector to provide the right amount of fill in light without destroying the sought after effect.


True Modelling by Iolaire Photography Jan 2013

There were on occasions I did use the soft box to provide fill in, like in the picture above. In photography like lots of aspects of life it is the mistakes and times when things go wrong that are the most valuable; and this shoot was no exception. My model for the night was great, gave the shoot a lot of thought beforehand and her look was fantastic. It is something I  will come back to in the future and got me to really think about lighting.



Purestorm isn’t as much fun as it used to be. I came back to using the site a couple of months after a short hiatus, but reading the posts, things seemed to have changed.

It used to be a laugh, but recently there seems to be a proliferation of threads about what annoys you about a tog or a model.  A couple of models have reported quite horrible and upsetting personal attacks albeit via the messenger system.  Some posters take delight in belittling or insulting the opinions of others. I know there will always things that rile us or that we disagree with, but surely we are all adult enough to employ civility and grace to those with who we are in disagreement. At points it has been childish and as far as I can see it is generated by togs rather than models.

The general chat and off topic forums are the worst. The majority of posters are decent and often thoughtful people, but there are a few characters that make me groan inwardly. So I tend to avoid it now. Bitchiness is never an attractive trait in either sex.

It would not be fair to tar everyone with the same brush. In the short time since I began to photograph models the togs that I have met in person have been great, encouraging and friendly. But it is a shame that I really feel I don’t want to spend a lot of time on the forums.  Oh well….