I’ve been posting a bunch of fairly dark and low key portraits lately so I thought I should do something a bit brighter for a change. Another reason for these portraits was that I wanted to try more uses for my recently purchased Lastolite triflip. Actually there isn’t all that much to say about these photos since they were all shot in the same way. The first shot (above) was just something fun to take advantage of the perpetual state of chaos our flat is usually in.
I’m using a LP160 in softbox, boomed above and in front of the subject, for the key light. Fill light is provided from the triflip, equipped with silver cover, just out of frame below the subject. This gives us a classic clam shell light, typically used for beauty shots. You can of course do this with two lights as well, a softbox both above and below, but as I mentioned I wanted to see what could be done with the triflip. I’m actually holding the reflector myself, which was fairly easy since I was standing close to the subject, thanks to the wide angle lens.
Next I shot some quick portraits against a wall with the same setup, I even managed to get the little muppet to pose for me a bit better than usual – I think she was entertained by the reflector poking her in the stomach. She also wanted to see the pictures every time I checked the back of the camera, I guess girls always have to make sure they look good in the pictures.
In order to get a more fill I might try to angle the key light a bit more down so the reflector can catch more of the light. The reason being that I had to lift the shadows a bit in post so I feel that a bit more light would have been in order. Other than that it was a quick and easy shoot and my girls seemed to have fun in front of the camera, which is always a plus.