Boudoir Photography does not have to be complicated with all sorts of staged shots, props or complications. Here we have a very simple lighting set-up…. black backdrop and only one single Softbox to create this dramatic image. Regarding gear, Nikon D90, 100mm Prime, radio triggers for the strobe and off camera flash. Always Manual on the Camera and shoot in RAW or as Nikon terms it, NEFF! This gives flexibility during Post Processing. JPG is OK for everyday shots but, each time you save it, info is lost forever!
For this shot, Kathleen asked if our wonderful Model, Jovis, could envision 1930’s Hollywood poses. She immediately got the vision that Kathleen had envisioned and we had a spectacular session. Kathleen is so Masterful about posing! She brings out the best in everyone! Such a Gift! Now a bit about Glamour!
Glamour originally was a magical-occult spell cast on somebody to make them believe that something or somebody was attractive (Crazy, eh?). In the late 19th century terminology a non magical item used to help create a more attractive appearance gradually became ‘a glamour’. Today, glamour is the impression of attraction or fascination that a particularly luxurious or elegant appearance creates, an impression which is better than the reality. Typically, a person, event, location, technology, or product such as a piece of clothing can be glamorous or add glamour.
Virginia Postrel says that for glamour to be successful nearly always requires spreezzatura – an appearance of effortlessness, and to appear distant – transcending the everyday, to be slightly mysterious and somewhat idealised, but not to the extent it is no longer possible to identify with the person. Glamorous things are neither opaque, hiding all, nor transparent showing everything, but translucent, favourably showing things.
This is how we wanted this shot, alluring, subtle and provocative! Thanks for visiting our humble Photoblog and if you have ANY questions or would like a Photo Session, just drop us an Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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This stunning image of our model Danila, was taken using very simple techniques. A black backdrop stretched from floor to ceiling, Two strobes left and right provide the wash over Danila. We converted this to Black and White for added effect. Kathleen is “The Mistress of Posing” and just has a way to bring the best out of all of our models! One Professional Model once asked if KK would help with some Pro Sessions – wow.
Studio Lighting does not need to be expensive or complicated. The best source of light is the Sun! For soft light, take your subject to a window. Have her/him turn the nose towards the light and watch as the sunlight goes from Dramatic to Rembrandt. These shots are the easiest and perhaps the most complimentary since they convey a subtle mood. The most important thing is to get your DSLR out of “Portrait” or “Auto” mode and learn a bit about Exposure, Light and just have Fun! You will be amazed with your results!
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This continues our series of Boudoir Photography from our Studio. Here, we again, have our lovely Model, Daniela (You should look at some of the other posts of this stunner). Boudoir Photography does not have to be overly complex, crazy Studio Lighting or elaborate sets. This was shot with a simple black backdrop, large softbox to the left and we adjusted the fill lights on the right to get a soft wash over her face. To get the high angle, we used a small step stool shooting down. Most of the time it is a good idea to shoot women from a higher perspective. It allows for accentuation and concealment of good and trouble spots. Men are a different story – usually from a lower angle to give a sense of power. Sometimes for Corporate Women, you can also use the lower angle, but for Boudoir, this is not typical.
The Gear: Two Alien Bee Strobes, Radio Triggers, Nikon D90 with an 18-55mm lens. Light Modifiers are from Paul. C. Buff, large softbox to left and large reflective umbrella to right. The softbox has a silver interior that can be further softened with a velcro attached diffuser and focussed with another velcro attached grid. The umbrella surface can be changed from silver to white and again, one can also add a diffuser on top. It all depends on the vision, some experimentation and most of all, just having fun!
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Happy Holidays, Kathleen and Erik
This is another shot of our stunning Model, Daniela. As you may recall from previous posts she has gone through an amazing transformation and has become our “Own Biggest Loser”. The effort and persistent that she has shown is be an inspiration to us all who want to Live Fit. We hardly recognize her, but, Wow! So proud. Kathleen has been having her ass kicked every morning, waking up at 4AM by this dude: https://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100001071686692 Kudos to K and M to keeping this going!
Now a bit about this shot. Black backdrop, and from the Catch Lights in the eyes, you can immediately see a large softbox 45 degrees left and a small fill umbrella 45 degrees right. Always look at the Model’s eyes and you will find the lighting! Cool. eh? Our set-up is simple and effective. Getting the exposure correct takes some practice, setting up the gear with wireless controllers and HD Monitor for Model Feedback is a chore, but getting the pose…that is the fun!
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Happy Holidays, Kathleen and Erik
This is another shot of our lovely Model “D” from several weeks ago from a Glam Photo Shoot in our Studio. We have been privileged to shoot her Family Pictures and have witnessed a huge transformation. She has worked so hard over the space of a year to transform herself into a new person. Diet, exercise, everything to become the stunning beauty she is now. We are so proud or her and to be able to be part of her Journey! You may recall some older posts:
Here we used a black backdrop and as you can tell from the “Catch Lights” there were two strobes in action. Clearly the one to the left is a large Soft Box, and the right is smaller umbrella. The trick to these shots, when the Model is lying down is to adjust lights to get the most flattering image.
You also do not need to buy expensive gear – you can start experimenting with lights that you can but at Home Depot or any Hardware Store, and they are inexpensive!. Any Incandescent light can be used for Hair Light, Back Light etc. Just adjust your White balance and you are set! You can fashion Diffusers out of white cloth, stretched with a K-Mart Hula-Hoop and Duct Tape!. Then focus on Composition, and get your Camera off your Auto Setting. Then have Fun!
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Kindest regards, Kathleen and Erik
We have found that shooting nude models, although it sounds exotic, is really hard. Nobody is perfect and light can be a harsh reminder of that. It is up to the photographer to bring the best out of the model, and out of the vision of the shot. We have discovered that imagination bests everything when it comes to nude.
In this shot, our lovely model, Jovis was naked. We covered her up on the bottom and had her front face away from the camera. The lighting was very simple. Large Softbox which washed light over her back. We instructed her to look a bit left to silhouette her face. We think this is very subtle and delicate – somewhat classic in composition.
What do you think? Thanks for visiting our Blog. We are currently on location in Maui and will bring to you many spectacular shots of Landscapes, Tropical Rain Forestst, Surfers, Sail Boarding and More. Stay Tuned!
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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