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PHOTOGRAPHY by KRISS on 16 march 2016

There was a time when I had the time patience and interest to set up 3 to 4 lights and move them around a house for a whole afternoon to shoot models.
Quickly though I looked at simpler options to get the job done because unless really needed, the less time you spend setting up and changing your lights around, the more time you spend shooting, keeping your model interested and the better !

I remember a session with a model when one of the receivers would go off every 5 minutes because the change of settings and light had them go on sleeping mode.
That was a beautiful session but a pain to realize both for me and the model who was cold and started complaining.

Today I want to explain how to take full advantage of the cheapest and simplest photo equipments to create beautiful light when you don’t need ISO100 f11 at 1/250 settings.
And this can be quite often, for instance for boudoir photography.

The one problem you might actually encounter when shooting at wide apertures with assisted light is that you will likely get too much light.
There is a solution to this : simply don’t bring too much light to the session ! Ok, what you’re basically looking for in this kind of session is a soft ambient natural colored light that will compliment any skin tone and adapt to the natural available light in the place you’re shooting.
Let’s imagine you are in a room that already has sun light coming through a window pane.
Half of the room is properly lit or even receives too much light and half of it is in the dark.
You are standing in the middle with a chair a couch or even a rug where your model or client is standing, or the three of them ! Of course if you’re shooting more complex settings you might want more complex lighting solutions, but we’ll see about that in another post.

For now we are in this room that receives a harsh light from the outside.
First thing, soften this first source of light even if it means loosing some of it.
At best use white curtains and if there are no curtains you can use the semi transparent side of a large reflector or a white sheet.
Now you need to be able to shoot with a portable lighting system that will follow you easily…

And this can be a very good solution !

Use a tripod, a chair a stool or anything to which you can fix a reflector.
You want the white face of the reflector to be directed towards the model.
Then fix a flashgun on your cameras hot shoe and turn its head backwards for it to face the reflector, that way you’ll get a perfect indirect light that will act pretty much as two soft boxes on each side of your model would.
You can distance yourself from the reflector, change your angles to check what produces the best light for your setting.

This is an easy to set up and easy to move around light setting when all you need is homogenous soft ambient light for wide apertures.
This setting also perfectly works for smaller apertures.

Just try it !

#boudoir #light #reflector #photographytips

SIMPLE FLASHGUN AND REFLECTOR

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