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Studio Anywhere: A Photographer’s Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations by Nick Fancher

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11. Moody Light

Moody light is my absolute favorite type of light. It can be so cinematic and theatrical. It’s like placing my subjects on a stage and letting them become a character, someone else. The term moody light encompasses a number of different techniques—colored gels, flash grids, blacking out the scene except for the subject—and I’ll cover all of these scenarios in this chapter.

The First Rule of Moody Lighting...

... is you don’t talk about moody lighting. Okay, I’m kidding, but I was seriously aiming to invoke Tyler Durden from Fight Club in this shoot I did with model Alex Prange. Although we weren’t re-creating a particular scene from the film, we wanted to capture the character’s badass presence. Alex has the body of Brad Pitt ...

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