Boudoir Part 9: Simple Lighting

This continues the series of Boudoir and Studio Photography. The previous post detailed a bit about Complex Lighting and showed a behind the scenes shot of the lighting set up. There were Speedlights everywhere, large Soft Box etc. The results were wonderful, but to haul, set up and fine tune all of this equipment is quite a chore. To do things right, many practice shots need to be taken before the model should even consider entering into the set. It is somewhat boring for a model to have the photographer give instructions like, “Just stand there. OK. Can you wait a second while we adjust the brightness of this light? OK, one more. Hmmm, looks like the angles are all wrong”. You get the idea. Everything should be set up and ready to go – a model’s job is to help create the vision of the photographer, not to be a dummy for light balancing!

The point of this is that sometimes simple is also good. For this rather dramatic shot, a large Softbox was used in a dark room with black background.. This is an easy set up to haul, construct and dynamically adjust as the session progresses. It is also relatively inexpensive and can be used for dramatic Profiles, Rembrandt, Flat and High Key. There is no Hair Light from behind or fancy edge lights, but sometime you just don’t need this – and often all that stuff just gets in the way of a nice shot!

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7 responses

  1. Man, good points here. I found myself doing that a little this last weekend at a shoot. Client was late and it was outdoors so… you know, light changes outside. I felt I should have been more prepared for something like that to happen, even with limited equipment. Won’t let that happen again!!

    This drives that point home, so thank you 🙂

    December 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm

  2. victoriaaphotography

    This shot is stunning. Love the lighting. I also like the round earring shape in contrast to the lacy camisole. Nice contrast with the aqua blue long gloves also.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm

  3. Wonderful inside tips and tricks here, Erik, great stuff my friend!!

    December 6, 2011 at 8:13 am

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  5. ravi

    Stunning work of light. Your comments are nice lesson for studio photography. Thanks for posting.

    November 14, 2013 at 9:51 pm

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