Saturday, January 5, 2008

Experiments in lighting - home studio, part 1

Manray, originally uploaded by calanan.

One of my resolutions for 2008 is to get my photography business started and one area in which I'm weak is lighting. Manray and I spent the afternoon trying out different lighting setups and poses - I know little about lighting but I don't know diddly squat about posing and thankfully she came up with some good ones.

The "studio" was set up in our living room, the D200 was video-tethered to the TV so she could review the images as I shot. I took most of the photos with a 36" white umbrella on the key but on a hunch I removed the umbrella for a few shots I really like the look of this harsher lighting.

Speedlight setup:

SB-800 camera left, 4' from model, TTL, diffuser dome
SB-600 model right, 4' from model, Manual 1/16 power, homemade snoot
Both fired via CLS

Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D

Salt Lake City, UT

Alternate takes, in color:

Manray Manray with softer shadows and contrast

I based my initial setup on a book recently given to me by my parents-in-law:

"Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers" by Christopher Grey

And here's the studio setup:

Home studio setup example


Mike Terry said...

MONEY! Man, I'm sorry I haven't looked at your blog in awhile, all the stuff from back east is gold. Serious, the Exhale photo is so good. That is my favorite of them all but, the old photo of your wife in Buffalo is nice too. All great stuff. We gotta get a group together for dinner soon. Talk some photos. My girlfriend can emphathize with Manray about always having her picture taken. Great stuff, mucho gusto!

Mark said...

Well done. Good luck on the business.

calanan said...

Thanks, guys!