I have a a couple of 2-bank continuous fluorescent light panels with barn doors in the studio. For use with video and photography. I’ve used them before and had good results. It was time for a little more experimenting with them and some posing practice for the Hub. His style is very much photojournalistic so this was stepping outside his comfort zone a little.
We used a one light grey backdrop, two lights and I volunteered to step in front of the camera this time. Normally I coach from the other side of the lens so this was a change of pace. I had just bought some new foundation from Urban Decay called Naked. I have very sensitive skin and this does not make me break out. I normally just wear Bare Minerals for day to day but for pictures you need more coverage. I highly recommend this to my clients with sensitive skin.
We Were able to get some directional and some soft light with just the two lights and their white light diffusers. I liked the catch lights created by the bars as well. It is possible to have them too close to the model as they produce a lot of light. When I work with portrait clients I know they can feel a little awkward in front of the camera. Where do I put my hands? Do I look funny? Can you see my double chin? Everybody feels this way at the start of a session, then you really do warm up to it. Even I learned a little more about taking direction as a model to help my clients. Always keep learning and using your gear.