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What a shower!


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What a shower!

13 Aug 2020 8:47AM   Views : 316 Unique : 186


Iíve posted a few images of models in showers recently Ė Iíve even had someone suggest that I should have switched the shower on in one case where I hadnítÖ

Itís always an appealing idea if there is a shower, particularly if itís particularly unusual in design. But itís something to be approached with caution.

First off, and far the most important consideration, is that any kind of flash equipment will be potentially lethal near water. This includes your speedlight: it contains a capacitor that stores the charge that makes the flash, and itís designed to build up hundreds, possibly thousands of volts.

So keep any flash equipment out of the shower, and out of the room, which is likely to get steamy, in a purely physical sense.

Next, the steam Ė if your camera and lens are cool, they will mist up. Again, thereís potential for nasty things to happen, but this time, only fatal for a poorly-sealed camera. Keep windows and doors open, and extractor fans running!

The built-in lighting youíll find in bathrooms and showers tends to be very directional, and come from directly above, which can be spectacular. It can also be thoroughly naff. Check angles carefully, and make sure that you look at the light for each shot.

Thatís hard work, because the essence of a shower shoot is that itís fluid, unpredictable, ever-changing. Simple. Itís hard work. Take plenty of images, expect to find most are of limited use.

Art nude is possible: glamour is more likely to happen. But whatever genre you want to shoot (including Hitchcockian gore), aim for some dram in the light. Sidelight, if you can arrange it, will pick out streams of water and bubbles.

If thereís a separate hand-holdable shower head, ask your model to use it Ė this allows a whole range of ideas from detailed bodyscapes to pure silliness, as demonstrated by Lottii Rose in the second image. Really, she wanted to be a singer, and keeps trying to use the shower as a microphone.

Oh, yes. And make sure thatís plenty of hot water before you start, and towels. Warn your model in advance: not everybody wants to get their hair wet, and some may only do so if they have the right shampoo, conditioner and their hairdryer in the bagÖ

Both images are of Lottii Rose, the undoubted Queen of the Shower Shot.



chase Plus
15 1.8k 440 England
13 Aug 2020 10:54AM

Quote: which is likely to get steamy,

Nice cold water will do the trick Wink
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
13 Aug 2020 2:04PM
And there could be other reasons for cold water. BlushBlushBlush

A big counter-argument is the vulnerability of camera and photographer where there's running water.

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