We did some test shots with the Kick the day before yesterday and Alex helped me out. Actually, he did all the shooting and I helped him out!
Kick may not be your typical portrait light. But we made some shots anyway, just for the heck of it. Alex made some lighting diagrams to go with the images.
Per, who we cajoled into posing for some of the images, helped us get access to an empty theater. We needed a large pitch black space for some technical shots to illustrate how far the light would reach when using an iPhone as a camera. You can see the examples in an update under our Kickstarter page.
Alex Asensi is a friend and a young emerging photographer/filmmaker. He set up some typical lighting scenarios and made some test shots using one or more Kicks as the sole lighting source.
This shot uses a single Kick above. The girl is Katarina, Per’s niece, who were nice enough to be our model for the shoot. This lighting gives hard dark shadows. Katerina has a beautiful strong face that can take this kind of lighting. But lighting from a steep angle, like this will exaggerate and bring out any skin imperfection. Normally you would do do a little retouch and soften the skin a bit. You would also reduce the reflections along the nose and forehead. We have done minimal post processing to these images.
In this shot Alex used 2 Kicks about 45 degrees from each side. This fills in the shadows and makes the face less 3-dimensional. Katarina looks great in any light, but you get a little bit of “deer-in-headlights” or papparazzi feel here.
This shot was made with 3 Kick lights. One on each side and one above dimmed down a bit. The Kick does a decent job for this kind of dramatic lighting.
Here is an example of using colored light on the background. Per stood against a grey background if I remember correctly. The light is behind his back, and directed at the background. You don’t have to do it quite as explicitly as in these examples. A little touch of light can be enough to make your subject stand out against a dark or dull background. Very handy if you have little room to shoot and you want to avoid the up-against-the-wall look.