I didn’t make this light, but I noticed it. There are three distinctly different kinds of light here – all from the same source, in the same place, at the same time.
An effect like this, that mimics reflected light from outside, is impossible in a small space without a convex mirror – but it has to be the right mirror and the right light.
Convex mirrors are amazing tools for lighting a scene. The easiest way to understand what they can do is to think of them as short focal length lenses for light –
I cleared up some questions I’ve had about diffusion and tested some different diffusion material against the usual suspects.
This is a 15 minute setup in a space 14 feet square. It couldn’t be much simpler.
You might not think of them this way, but tungsten Fresnel lights are complicated little buggers.
Browsing the used section on B & H one day I saw a light described with the term ‘short throw’. That term immediately got my attention.
If you’ve ever tried to light a scene like this and found it frustrating and difficult, we have something in common.
I use a lot of clamps for a lot of reasons. I use a lot of modifiers on lights, often multiples on the same light.