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    TSM  4
    4 Sep 2011 - 9:32 PM


    I have a photoshoot for a lookbook coming up, and I was wondering if anyone could help me out lighting-wise. We have a studio booked with the following equipment:

    2 x 250 watts Elinchrom EL Flash Heads
    1 x 500 watts Elinchrom EL Flash Head
    1x Nikon SB600
    1x Nikon SB25
    1x 70cm Elinchrom 70cm Beauty Dish
    1x 140 cm Photoflex Shootthrough and White Bounce Umbrella
    1x Large 80cm x 110cm Softbox
    2x 90 cm White Umbrellas
    1x 90cm Shootthrough and Silver Bounce Umbrella
    2x Small silver bounce Umbrellas
    1x Westcott Scrim Jim 72in x 72in with diffusion panel
    1x Innovatronix Explorer XT SE(Portable power for studio flashes)
    1x 15cm honeycomb grid and gels for Elinchrom lights and strobe
    x2 LargePoly two toned sheets
    1x large 5 in 1 reflector
    1x medium 6 in 1 reflector
    2x Nikon D70
    Tehtered shooting for Nikon using Capture NX2 and Camera control pro
    Adobe CS4 for reviewing
    Manfrotto Tripod
    x3 Large free standing Black flags
    x1 Large medium Grey Muslin Backdrop
    Bespoke backgrounds

    BASICALLY, I'm looking to create the sort of lighting used in the above images. I really like the whole softness yet defined feel. The shoot will be very doll-like, styling wise and expressions. I am looking for a real desaturated look, so that the product (headbands) will stand out. We are hiring models with vivid-coloured hair to make the image pop.

    A bit like the following image:

    I'm not brilliant on the technical side of fashion photography, which is why I'm asking. Still learning!

    Any advice and tips will be muuuuuuuuch appreciated Smile



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    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315379 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    4 Sep 2011 - 10:04 PM

    I`m confused, did you say that your putting together some kind of book, but you don`t understand lighting.

    Might be best to learn to crawl first.

    TSM  4
    4 Sep 2011 - 10:11 PM

    I understand lighting. I'm just not used to studio shoots. I prefer natural light. Just want some advice.

    arhb e2 Member 72275 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
    4 Sep 2011 - 10:38 PM

    With all due respect Natasha, if you understood lighting, you wouldn't be asking for what is a complex response about lighting.
    The images you wish to recreate rely on significant post production - it would be a challenge to light a face as pale as this without burning out the detail in the hair and the jacket.

    Last Modified By arhb at 4 Sep 2011 - 10:39 PM
    miptog  83532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
    4 Sep 2011 - 10:56 PM

    Quote: I understand lighting. I'm just not used to studio shoots. I prefer natural light. Just want some advice.

    Keep it simple, and build on your knowldege of natural light. Use the largest softbox you can, and treat it as the main light (the sun). Position the model close to the background and the main light as close as you can to the model. Postion the main light to get the effect that you want, and use reflectors to reduce shadows in the same way as you would bounce natural light. By using a large softbox and placing it close to the model the quality of light will be soft, and wrap round the model. Just think of it as window light. Hope it helps.

    porter  3
    7 Sep 2011 - 3:14 PM

    first, the lighting ratio of left and right side of model's face must be even. so you'd rather use high powered light and large reflector as backdrop must be as bright as model's face. The key factor is lighting is hard and even.

    Last Modified By porter at 7 Sep 2011 - 3:14 PM
    miked70  5225 forum posts South Africa3 Constructive Critique Points
    8 Sep 2011 - 5:33 AM

    simple one large light source about 1.7m as close as you can get it and still take the shot seeing you have elli lights the octa would do it

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