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March 9, 2012
 

USHER RAYMOND VS. RAYMOND ALBUM COVER Dissected

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Written by: Lawrence
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For this post, I will be dissecting the lighting setup of the Usher Raymond VS. Raymond album cover.

I am a very big fan of his photographer because of his subtle but captivating light setups.

Below you may get a glimpse on how I

“SEE LIGHT”

.  I hope that it provides you insight on how to see light for yourself.

In the order of how I plan to replicate this lighting setup in my upcoming Light Steps series.

Please not that the below details are an estimation based on how I see the light falloff from the subject
  1. EDGE LIGHT (BLUE)

    1. Lighting Clues:  Soft outline on ushers shoulders concentrated on camera left.
    2. Aperture: +2
    3. Location: Back camera left light concentration
    4. Distance: 10 feet from Subject
    5. Light Modifier: Softbox – non grid
  1. FILL LIGHT (YELLOW)

    1. Lighting Clues: Camera right usher cheek lighter than camera left cheek. Eye catch light.
    2. Aperture: -2
    3. Location: Camera Right
    4. Distance: 3-4 Feet horizontal and 1 foot above subjects head
    5. Light Modifier: Strobe with Grid and white diffusion filter
  1. MAIN LIGHT (GREEN)

    1. Lighting Clues: Rembrandt lighting camera left exposes for camera left cheek and hands. So it must be directly camera left to provide enough light for the hands and wrists.
    2. Aperture: Base
    3. Location: Camera Left
    4. Distance: 3-4 Feet horizontal and 2 feet above subjects head
    5. Light Modifier: Softbox with Grid
  1. BACKGROUND LIGHT (PURPLE)

    1. Lighting Clues: The edge light produced from the background light reveals how soft the light.
    2. Aperture: +2
    3. Location: Center Back
    4. Distance: 20 feet horizontal and leveled with subjects head
    5. Light Modifier: White transparent drape.
Do you think I was able to See the light?

Why don’t you give it a try and then see if you are right by checking out the series called Light Steps where I actually show how I am able to replicate this image and break down the lighting in steps.

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Lawrence
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