Starting with studio lights
Although shooting in a studio sounds like shooting in perfect conditions, it’s always been a sort of mystery for me. Thinking “one source of light can be troublesome, then what about a number of different studio lights”, right? 😉 Recently though, I’ve got the Elinchrom D-lite 2 twin head studio lights, along with some stands, softboxes and a background into my hands. I decided to use this opportunity and learn a bit of how to use some professional studio equipment. I started with one light only, about 45 degrees from left side and I set up the background. I was ready (my living room looked like some sort of cheap studio with nice equipment) and the only missing piece of the puzzle was… what? The model, of course 🙂 I was lucky enough to get my girlfriend helping me with this part.
Try to guess my first impression after first few clicks: “omg, it can’t be so easy…”. Seriously, I was sort of expecting taking the pictures in order like: very crappy frame, crappy frame, oh finally I can see the subject, and so on. But instead, nice shots started coming right away and the next ones were just a matter of how to make them better. Well, I was probably lucky again and both the power of the strobe and my camera settings were just fine by default for studio portrait photography 😉 Anyway, I started moving the light and the subject, changing the camera/strobe settings, just to play a bit and learn how they work with each other. After a while (after I got the light I really liked), I started “posing” my subject (she’s a very patient girl…). I had my camera tethered to my laptop and Lightroom so I could see the result right away. It was a very good experience, and honestly, it’s not a magic for me anymore. I didn’t spend much time, just a few clicks, more for educational purposes than for fashion client.
At the end, I applied some standard retouching techniques (you can find a plenty of them on youtube or just google it) and that was it. The result you can see above.
So, just to wrap it up, shooting in a perfect studio environment is really easy and with not much of an effort, you can get surprisingly nice results. I really started liking it. I’m certainly going to play a bit more with more lights, shooting my girlfriend and some friends perhaps, as I found it very cool and funny. I’m sure we all are going to have lots of fun 🙂
I’m pretty sure that you already have much more experience than I have, so just share it with me by leaving some comments!