Using Grids to Create Dramatic Portrait Lighting With Gavin Hoey
One light modifier that I personally tend to forget about are grids. Grids are great for not only focusing your light source, but also creating mood and texture in your portraiture. In the Adorama sponsored video below, Gavin Hoey shows us how to use grids to light a portrait in his small home studio space.
- Canon 5D Mark II
- Canon 24-105mm f/4L
- Flashpoint StreakLight 360 Ws
First, Gavin uses a small light with a grid directly above his subject to create an edgy looking spotlight on his subject. Next to fill in the shadows and light his subject’s face more, he uses a small beauty dish with a grid camera right of his subject. As you can see in the images below, the grids make a big difference in controlling the spill of light on Gavin’s subject.
Lighting Set Up
Image Without Grids
The light is spilling all over Gavin’s subject and is overexposing the whole image.
Image With Grids
The light is controlled and not overexposing Gavin’s subject at all. The final image looks very clean, edgy, and almost like it was shot out in the field vs. in Gavin’s small home studio.
Gavin does a great job showing us the power of using grids. Not only do they help add mood and texture to your images, but they can really help you control the spill of your lights. The best thing is that grids are not all the expensive and can be easily transported from your studio out into the field.
Images captured via screen grab.