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Submitted on October 10, 2014

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1/100 sec.


ISO: 100

Focal Length

85 mm

Exposure Bias




Lights Used

Natural Light
Strip Softbox



Additional Notes

***Testing a New Glamour Model ***
Every now and then I need to add a new model to my repertoire in order to bring a breath of fresh air into my workshops and BLOG+.

This time I sought out Ivana and arranged a paid test shot in Prague center with her. Even though Ivana already is a very experienced glamour model, she is yet new to me since I have never worked with her before.

When I am going for a test shoot, I always have my make-up artist with me. These tests are exactly like a normal shoot for me and I create the best possible conditions so I can truly judge the model during the shoot…

***Lighting Setup***
1) As key light I used a strip softbox 1.3x6’ (40x180cm) with grid. The grid helped to avoid too many reflections on the locker’s metal surface and on the opposite side on the wood’s paint.

2) In the background I had a massive window front delivering a) an extensive overall volume light and b) a soft and even back/rim-light on the model. Outside was greyish weather so this rim didn’t produce any extraordinary highlights (that I was actually looking for!).

3) Rim/Hair light: I installed a second flash head to the left behind the model, equipped with a standard reflector and a 20 degree grid. The idea was to create a controlled, additional highlight (area)…but it just disappeared when it hit the model’s dark hair. The distance to the flash was simply too big. But I had no chance to place this light any closer as we were working on a very narrow aisle. Trying to bring it into play was a waste of time and effort…

***Tech Sheet***
• 2x 400 Ws Monoblocs
• Key light: 1x Strip Softbox 1.3x6’ (40x180cm) & Grid, powered around 350 Ws
• Rim/Hair light: 1x Standard Reflector & 20 degree Honeycomb (Grid), powered around 400 Ws
• Nikon D700 full frame
• Nikkor AF 85mm, 1.8

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