Shooting with Silverlake Photo’s Colorsmacks

lighting setupFor this photograph of Alice Iver I used Silverlake Photo‘s “Sweet Apple” backdrop that is part of their Colorsmack series.

Colorsmack backdrops are made from a durable, wrinkle free, and washable fabric and are equipped with loop-side Velcro at the top. If you supply the hook side, you can mount the backdrop anywhere, including Silverlake’s own 10-foot Colorsmack Velcro Sleeve ($59,) which I didn’t have so I used the inexpensive clips I get from Loews.

Silverlake assures me that Colorsmack backdrops look amazing when wet in swimming pools and although I didn’t get a chance to try it.

During the session in my 11×15-foot home studio I used Multiblitz mono-lights, with the one of West-cott’s 45-inch Round Halo Mono light-banks ($109.90) on the Main light. A 32-inch round 5-in-1 reflector was placed at camera left as can be seen in the setup illustration.

The portrait was shot using a Nikon D800 SLR and the Nikon 24-120mm f/4G ED-IF lens (set at 92mm) with a final exposure of 1/160 sec at f/9 and ISO 100.

Screen Shot 2016-03-26 at 9.13.43 AMIf you’re interested in shooting portraits and how I use cameras, lenses and lighting in my in-home studio, please pick up a copy of Studio Lighting Anywhere” which is available from with, as I write this, new copies selling for$17.50 (plus shipping,) just a few bucks more than used ($15.34,) both cheaper than the Prime price.

Author: Joe Farace

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