10/365: Split Lighting

Split lighting is where you use light to illuminate just one side of your subject’s face. I had an idea for using split lighting for a portrait of Big L. I ended up not getting quite what I wanted, but the kids and I had some fun goofing off.

Lena is almost always my test subject, when I need someone to stand still and/or take instruction. She is definitely my most comfortable in front of the camera and also the most patient.
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The middle expression is just a blank expression. What she gives me when I tell her not to smile, but not frown either.

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The one on the right is what I got when I told her “you don’t need to smile”. The death stare.
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Then, we did some up close shots of eyes. Because, why not?
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Again, she was both the most still and had the most natural expressions. You can also see a bit of her rash from the strep throat she is getting over.
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This guy was willing, but still is not something he’s very good at. Being 3 and all.
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Big L is definitely silly. We love that about her.
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She has beautiful eyes.
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Just some silly portraits. Because Big L only has 3 full days left with us, I’m trying to pack in the memories. Her trip has gone by so fast.

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