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Pic of the day

Here’s a recent shot from a personal shoot.  Whenever time allows I setup shoots like these simply to work on my lighting.  My home studio is not a huge space so there are only so many ways you can set up the lighting.  Experimenting with new lighting techniques on my personal shoots translates to more options I can provide for my clients in real shoots.  Yes this even pertains to natural lighting as well, I’ll explain. 

I used three monolights here.  The key light is a beauty dish from above, a rear kicker light camera left, and finally a background light.  Everything is gridded to control light spill.  By placing these lights where I want them to light my subject I can substitute my light sources whenever I’m outside the studio.  For example, one of my favorite things to do is use the sun as a backlight and finding other natural reflectors to fill my subjects.  Of course I couldn’t have pulled this one off without the help of my model K and her awesome posing.  Thanks K!