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[HKD] How Kirk Did-it #1 : Self portrait 2010 first round

Well, in this new blog,
I’ve decide to add a catagories called “HKD” (stands for “How Kirk Did-it”, not HongKong-Dollar)
in here, i will talk about how I took certain picture. I will try to be as in-depth as possible. however, if something doesn’t make sense, feel free to leave it in  comment, and i will try to answer.

well.. first round. let’s talk about my new profile head-shot that i use across all my account including wordpress, facebook, twitter, flickr, and everywhere else!
which one? well.. THIS ONE

2010 First profile change AGAIN 2

2010 First profile change AGAIN 2

Well.. Let’s first take a look at the setup shot! (or full size here)

2010 First profile change - Setup

So there are 3 lights involved.

First Light:

  • Shown in A1, A2, A3.
  • a YN460 at 1/4 power.
  • No special light modifier.
  • a black paper was put on the side closer to the camera as a flag. to block out the light hitting the white wall
  • This provide the Rim-light on camera right.

Second Light:

  • Shown in B1, B2, B3.
  • also a YN460 at 1/4 power
  • Again no modifier.
  • not even black paper as flag.
  • This provide Rim-light on the camera left (a little stronger as it wrap around a little more)

Third Light:

  • Shown in C1, C2, C3
  • a Canon 430 EX at 1/2 power
  • Gelled with 1/2 CTO to give a little warmth
  • Bounce with a 32″ silver umbrella.
  • Located at camera right.
  • This provide the main key light.

Other setting:

  • 5D MarkII with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens
  • Aperture set at f/9
  • Shutter set at 160th of a second
  • ISO at 400
  • All these light is triggered with RF-602 wireless
    triggers.
  • Only used Adobe Lightroom to do post process.


Here’s the lighting diagram

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