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Submitted on August 19, 2013

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Comments:

Tom Lim

Awesome photo and great descriptive write up!

Posted 4 years ago   

1/160th

F/8.0

ISO: 100

Focal Length

50mm

Exposure Bias

0

Camera

Canon 5D2

Lights Used

Softbox
Strip Softbox

Category

Portrait

Additional Notes

This was setup in living room, the space was about 20x18 which gave us enough room to capture the shot you see here. For the background we shot everything on black. You really can't go wrong with black or white. Solid backgrounds give you a lot of headroom in post to come up with creative cropping. From 10x20 layouts to card designs, you have a lot
of flexibility. I'm not against multicolored backgrounds, but to me, less is more.

My thought process is the subject should be the focus in the image, not the background. Keeping things simple helps put the focus back on the subject.

For the lighting the main light was the Chimera 54x72 super shallow soft box on an Elinchrom 600rx monolight. The box was rotated to a horizontal position to give the most amount of coverage over Chelsea and the fabric. In the first test shots I noticed her hair, being dark, was getting lost with the background. Every thing else was looking good up to this point.

A second Elinchrom 600rx with a 12x50 Westcott strip box was added. I used my boom to place the light up and over the top of her head. When setting up a hair light, it's important to pay attention to the placement of the light. If the light is hitting too far forward, the nose and forehead will show hot spots. Place the light too far back and you miss the hair. Typically I try to set the hair light about 1/3rd to 1/2 stop higher than the main light. This all depends on hair color. You do not want to over expose the hair. The idea is to bring a little attention to the hair in this scene while creating separation of the hair from the background.

The main light was about 6-7 feet from Chelsea, a few feet off the ground on a normal stand and slightly angled. The hair light was about 1 1/2 - 2 feet above her head.

Thanks for looking.
Frank

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