How I Shot “I Heart Portraits”

Mary and I have fond memories of using early Bowens monolights; When setting up our studio back in 1982 they were the first really good lighting system we owned. We loved shooting with those big, black paint can-shaped 800B monolights because they were inexpensive, dependable and powerful and from what I can tell from my experience of their two-light Gemini 400Rx kit that continues to be the case.

heart.setupBowens’ Gemini Rx monolight family includes two models—200Rx and 400Rx—both of which have built-in Pulsar radio control. The 200Rx has 200 Ws output while the 400Rx models I tested deliver 400 Ws. Weighing it at under six pounds, the Gemini Rx monolights are lightweight and include a built-in Pulsar radio receiver atop the monolight’s housing that’s controlled (off-slave-radio) via a soft touch push button. The Pulsar system lets you control up to 24 different zones, with different four channels and six studio settings, enabling shooters to isolate light sources or combine to fire them at once, without leaving camera position.

red.heartPam Simpson looks great in red and when photographed against a Savage Photo Gray seamless background she really pops out. The lighting couldn’t be simpler: This one-light set-up used an inexpensive 60-inch, 16-rib white Parabolic umbrella mounted in shoot-through mode to a Gemini 400Rx as the main light and placed at camera right. A 32-inch 5-in-1 collapsible Disc reflector is at camera left to serve as fill. The backdrop is attached to a JTL background support.

Camera was Canon EOS 60D with EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens at 38mm and an exposure of 1/125 sec at f/8 and ISO 100.

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For more information on how I shoot glamour and boudoir images, pick up a copy of my book “Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography,” it includes tips and tricks and techniques for shooting with inexpensiveness and simple equipment


Author: Joe Farace

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