By the time this is posted I’ll be in a warmer place, enjoying the complete lack of work and hopefully finding a thing or two to shoot. If things go according to plan I’ll have plenty of things to share when I get back.
This shot was taken a few weeks ago, after my wife made a practice cake. She wanted a clean and simple photo, so I set up a white background and started working. I started with two LP160s in a octabox from camera right, as you can see below.
Kind of works but it doesn’t really give off the bright feeling we’re after. I tried putting a silver reflector to camera left in order to fill the shadows but it wasn’t satisfactory (it might actually already be in place in the above shot). I decided to keep the reflector but gave it an extra boost.
In the above shot there’s a LP160 being fired into the reflector so that it’s no longer a passive fill. This looks better, I especially like the way her hair catches the light coming in from camera left now. Still, it doesn’t quite feel right, the shadows are a bit harsh for this subject and the intent of the picture.
The final light is a YN560 in an umbrella from directly below and in front of the camera. The fill is exposing just a bit under the main lights, enough to lift the shadows but not enough to make the image completely flat. Now we’re getting a much brighter feeling and all that needs to be done is to tweak the positions a little bit.
Above you can see the complete setup and just how limited the space that I have to work in is. Doesn’t exactly look glamorous, does it? The background is a piece of white foamcore on a chair. I wouldn’t call this one of my best shots (don’t have many of those unfortunately) but perhaps it can be of interest to see the process step by step like this.
I have a couple more posts prepared for you between now and by the time I get back at the end of January. Until then, keep shooting.