Shooting glamour on location can be a challenge and this image was made in a working space of less than 7×8 feet. My camera position was five feet away from a stacks of boxes. The model enjoyed working under the continuous lighting from the Westcott Spiderlite with the main light placed at camera right sporting a 36 x 48″ Westcott lightbank, that’s part of the kit. (The “before” shot shot under the same lighting is at right.)
She appreciated the lack of the distracting “POP” produced by electronic flash from and I liked being able to shoot as fast as the camera would let me without worrying about flash recycle time. A 30-inch Westcott Illuminator reflector was placed on camera left to kick back some light into the shadow side of the model’s face. There’s no math required when shooting with continuous lighting: I don’t worry about lighting ratios; Whatever looks good to the model and me is good enough.
Camera was a Canon EOS 5D Mark I with my workhorse EF 85mm f/1.8 lens Exposure for this particular sequence of images was 1/60 sec at f/5, and ISO was 640. The camera was set in Av (aperture preferred) mode and during the session whenever the light was slightly moved, I used the Exposure Compensation feature (usually) increasing the exposure in one-third stop increments to keep the white blouse properly exposed.
As far as posing is concerned, I seldom ask the model to move—preferring to let her be herself–and don’t employ poses the model herself would not normally find herself. That why also why I almost never use a tripod during fashion and glamour assignments because a handheld camera provides the freedom to move around and lets me put myself into whatever position that’s necessary to get the picture.
This photograph is truly a No-Frills glamour image. The lighting equipment is simple to use and packs into a transportable case. The JTL background stand fits in a slim case;and all my Canon camera gear neatly stows into two Joe Farace Reporter backpacks. All of which easily fits into my car’s trunk.
And for all of you out there keeping score at home, this is the same model, Tia Stoneman, who was the subject of my recent “Where Do Your get Your Inspiration?” post.
Joe is author of “Studio Lighting Anywhere” which is available from all the usual sources including Amazon.com.