Studio Portraiture with the Eyelighter

By on 2014-08-08

In the Elite Photographic Studio near Detroit, Michigan, Team Westcott goes behind the scenes with renowned photographer Jim Schmelzer to talk studio portraiture with the Eyelighter.

During this shoot, Jim’s studio is setup with the Skylux LED. The Skylux is modified with the 59″ Zeppelin Deep Parabolic softbox. The Skylux is a continuous daylight-balanced light source. Jim is an avid constant light photographer, which gives him the ability to shot both photo and video with the same light sources. To reflect his single light source, Jim places the Eyelighter reflector between his subject and the Zeppelin, with a 45 degree angle between the three.

The Eyelighter is the only curved reflector available on the market, featuring a durable aluminum frame and highly-reflective pebbled surface. The Eyelighter produces a clamshell lighting effect and creates a natural-looking arched catchlight.  To perfect the lighting, Jim recommends placing a 30 inch gap between the light source and the reflector. This gives the Skylux‘s output the ability to fully illuminate the Eyelighter. Then, there needs to be a 30 inch gap between the Eyelighter and your subject, for a superior clamshell reflection and catchlight. Studio Portraiture with the Eyelighter Studio Portraiture with the Eyelighter 2 Studio Portraiture with the Eyelighter 3

Jim Schmelzer

Jim Schmelzer

Westcott Top Pro Elite Photographer
Jim Schmelzer is an award-winning photographer, lecturer and trainer focusing in high school senior portraits and weddings. He is a Master Craftsman Photographer and holds a Master's Degree with Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. He has also been a technical representative and lighting adviser for F.J. Westcott for over 25 years.

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