How is the Hollywood-light?
A classic portrait of setup is the Hollywood lights, also known as "Butterfly Light" because of the "butterfly shadow" under the nose. In the standard variant either no brightener is used or a reflector is directly below the face of the model. This setup is ideal for close-ups and medium close-portraits . It puts the accent on the eyes, the cheekbones and the face shape. The contrast of the shadow under the eyelids and the lightening of the lower part of the eye, these rays in particular. The neck shadow is relatively wide and framed with the hair the face. The cost is low; You only need a 80-centimeter Octabox [4a] and a silver reflector the size of 110 × 70 centimeters [4 b]. By the reflector, the shadows are not too dark and produce a more tender picture. When lighting setup, proceed as follows:
- Position the Octabox frontally from above at an angle of about 45 degrees on either a ceiling rail system or to a boom stand. The distance to the model should be about 1 meter. Focus on the main light so that right under the nose a shadow arises that ends just above the upper lip.
- Built on a low tripod head in front of the model at chest height, mount a reflector and position it so that the neck and the nose lightening shadows. By changing the angle of the reflector you can vary the lightening of shadows.
- The distance from the model to the white cardboard background should be at 1.5 to 2 meters.