April 5, 2015 at 05:29 #25967
I’ve been doing some photoshoots in a rigged up studio in my living room. (And it’s almost as much a pig to light as a hotel room.) Anyway, here are four sample photos from four Feb/March 2015 sessions.
Model: Tori Rosada
Model: Dutchess Monea
Model: Annie Suisse
And to change the subject, Hywel, Ariel, are you going to Fetishcon this year, or will you have to pass on it again?April 10, 2015 at 18:00 #25995
Nice shots, Sablesword! I think I’d try to get some backlight in somehow to produce a little separation between model and background, but overall these are a lot more consistent that some of your earlier ones.
We’re not coming to Fetishcon this year I’m afraid- we’re shooting with Natalia Forrest in Spain that week I think (it’s a hard life!) Hope you have lots of fun and I promise we’ll make it over again one of these years!
Cheers, HywelApril 11, 2015 at 16:20 #25998
If by backlight you mean a rim or side light on the model, well, I was trying, but that’s where “pig to light” came in. I had a gridded light in the back corner, camera right. You can see the light from it in the hair and shoulder of Tori in photo 1, and on the upper arm of Bharati in photo 3. I did arrange to keep that light off the background, but I just did not have enough room to allow much space between the background and the model.
Or did you mean deliberately lighting the background to create a sort of aura behind the model?
As for these being more consistent than my earlier efforts, well, thanks! I think part of that is the flash meter I got off of ebay, and part is that I am actually slowly learning.
Thanks for commenting! And if I won’t be seeing you at Fetishcon this year, then maybe some other time.April 12, 2015 at 01:28 #26001
I meant rim light, yes. I find particularly with brunettes it really helps to get some light in behind her pointing forwards to add life to her hair. I can see the light in the shot of Tori now.
It’s not always possible, of course. In the old house I had spigot plates on the ceilings so I could attach lights for that purpose. In the new place, with ceilings I’m not allowed to deface in that way, the best I’ve found is to put a boom pole on a C-stand, with a speedlight on the boom. Then extend it from the stand so it is behind the model. It’s a bit ungainly (and you have to sandbag the C-stand for stability which is a pain) but it is one way of getting some separation between subject and background.
Another way I’ve been using a lot since the move is simply having the background darker and out of focus, so I’ve been heading for shallower depth of field in the rooms where even a boom pole hair light is impractical. It’s all very tricky to do in small room as you say!
Here’s one done with the shallow depth of field technique:
And here’s one with the speedlight on a boom pole:
April 12, 2015 at 16:05 #26002
I keep thinking I ought to try the shallow depth-of-field thing, except that not only do I have a small space, but I have a small sensor, too (Nikon crop-sensor). Another thing I keep thinking I ought to try is a stripbox or striplight in the back corner. Then I think of how it’s likely to be an expensive and unlikely-to-succeed experiment.
The home studio has a home-made pvc-pipe background stand. If I decide to try the speedlight-above-the-model technique, I could get a clamp to hold the speedlight on the top of the background stand, rather than trying to boom it from the side.
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