Boudoir Part 8 : Complex Light

This behind the scenes shot demonstrates the gear involved with a shoot. Here we wanted to conserve the Rembrandt Light on our model and get High Key Back Light. The concept was to get a bit Hollywood into the shot – like Runway Photographers. The background flare comes from a bank of portable Speedlights. The main light is from a large soft box. To get the Rembrandt Lighting one only needs to direct the model’s nose position to look to or away from the light. Here is a shot of the setup.

Studio set ups do not need to be expensive or overly complex. One does not need to invest hundreds of dollars for Nikon or Cannon TTL Sppedlights – you can buy older models for a fraction of the price and not have to worry about when you drop them. We have broken several expensive Nikon SB600 Speedlights through incidental damage. An old Vivitar does the job just as well. The only other tools one needs is some light stands, perhaps a few light modifiers like umbrellas and most importantly, radio triggers to control the lights. If you shop around, all of this gear is really not that expensive.

The fun part is learning how all of this works with your camera, lots of trial and error and learning to see the light.

Thanks for the visit to our Blog – we really appreciate it!

7 responses

  1. Really nice image, good work. Thanks for sharing the setup. Gives me some ideas 🙂

    November 30, 2011 at 9:10 am

  2. I’ve really enjoyed your series Erik. Love the behind the scenes look at how you go about doing all this.

    December 6, 2011 at 7:50 am

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  7. Great tip. I will try it next time in my photostudio.

    May 19, 2015 at 1:47 pm

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