14 How It Works Two Lights, Two Shadows
24 augustus 2020 
5 min. read

14 How It Works Two Lights, Two Shadows

Flash Lighting Basic Setup Series

In this series,' Flash Lighting Basic Setup', Elaine Torres shows the following technique on how to create double colour shadows, which is an easy creative, and fun method to experiment with.

Get to work with the photographer. You will need two flash units and colour gels and learn the process and set up in this tutorial.

The Setup

  1. Position the two flashes opposite of your subject, towards the background. 
  2. The flashes should mirror each other so that the shadows look the same size and are in the same place.
  3. For narrow shadows, place the flashes closer together and move the model closer to the background.
  4. For more expansive shadow, separate the strobes from each other and place your model further away from the backdrop.
  5. For shadows taller than the subject, place the strobes lower. For shadows shorter than the subject, rank the strobes higher.

    Camera settings: 1/160 f8 ISO 100 / Strobe power: 1/2 

    Basic Double Color ShadowsBehind the scenes


Flash Lighting On Set - Double Color Shadows

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Ready for the challenge?

We’d LOVE to see your results using the dual-colour shadow technique Torres showcases in the video above! tag us on Instagram @flitsenflash or Facebook @Paul C. Buff Europe

What we would like to see from you

    (1) Behind-the-scenes image showing your setup

    (1) Final image using Elaine’s Dual Color Shadow Lighting Technique

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