In this Westcott video, Top Pro Elite Rick Sammon discusses the dimension and depth that proper lighting can create in portraits. As Sammon states, “light illuminates, shadows define”. He uses the Westcott Rapid Box shining from a 2 o’clock position, slightly above eye-level, onto his subject. This lighting technique is often used by photographers and other portrait artists to add dimension in their work. Sammon positioned his model facing away from the light source, which created dimension-building shadows along her face.
Top Pro Rick Sammon has published 36 books, including Secrets of HDR Photography, Exploring the Light, and Digital Photography Secrets. His book Flying Flowers won the coveted Golden Light Award. Hide and See Under the Sea won the Ben Franklin Award as well. He has photographed in almost 100 countries around the world and gives more than two-dozen photography workshops/presentations around the world each year. He hosts several classes on KelbyTraining and has a three-day class on creativeLive.
Rick uses the Rapid Box to create dimension with shadows and highlights in this Westcott video. The Rapid Box allows photographers to mount their speedlite flash on the outside of the modifier and comes in three different sizes: the 26″ Octa (utilized by Rick used in this video), the 20″ Octa Mini, and the 10″ x 24″ Strip. This box provides soft, even light and is constructed with a heavy-duty reflective silver material. The Rapid Box is durable, adjustable, and extremely portable.
Westcott Lighting Gear in Action