Hello and Welcome back. Life can sometimes be so simple, but it usually isn’t. That’s why it’s our job as photographers to keep things as simple as possible to take great photo’s with the least effort. And when some people ask you to take their photo’s, you just can’t resist. So today, the studio part of my session with Elvira, of which I didn’t know anything until the day before.
The first photo’s were all taken using the most simple setup you can think of. On my right there was a Elinchrom BX-Ri 500 with the Deep Octa on it (love that thing) and behind the model was a white wall. And that’s all there is. By turning the light away from the wall, it turned out grey.
For the second series I set up the big 175cm octabox as backlight. With that we first of all shot the silhouettes, and after that I added one 20 degree grid to a standard reflector to light up only the face, but keep the rest in darkness.
The black background is also very easy to light. For this I set up a strip light to my right, and aimed it away from the background to make it completely black. To separate the model more from the background you could add an extra accent light to the left back (seen from the photographers side).
The final picture was set up as following. Above me, just to the right off center, in horizontal position the striplight, and behind the screen the reflector with grid. After that I used a preset on it in Lightroom, to give it this arty farty look.
That’s it for me for today, check back wednesday for a new Site in the Spotlight, and check back friday for the outdoor part of the series.And to finish it off a shot from my assistant/second shooter of the day, Gert. Enjoy.