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The next two weeks or so I’ll be posting work from a recent project, creating images for a Comp Card. My model was Valerie Carpender, who has appeared in Vogue, Mademoiselle, and other national campaigns. Over a two week period we shot a mix of studio and location images.
A staple of the comp card is a natural light image. The day we were shooting was cloudy and snowing and I was very excited about the conditions, but I don’t have great natural light in my studio. So I began searching around the warehouse and found a business on the first floor with giant widows from two directions and the owner was gracious enough to allow me to shoot in the space.
The size of the windows and the cloud/snow conditions produced the worlds largest softboxes. I’m including a lighting diagram so you have an idea of how I was using this
lighting situation. The model was facing directly into window 1, and a sidelight was coming from window 2. I was paying close attention to three issues: first, I wanted a little bit of fall off of light and positioned Val so the sidelight was falling off from camera right to camera left. Next, I wanted to bring a little bit of light on to the backside of Val’s hair, so I positioned an assistant with a reflector in an attempt to capture some of the very diffuse natural light and reflect it back on to Val’s hair. Third, I had to be very careful of the wall color reflecting on to Val’s face and hair, and the reflector actually blocked some of this.
Another challenge was the lack of light. I actually had to shoot off the tripod, given the lens I was using. See below. The next two posts we’ll be back in the studio with strobe lighting.
Technical: Canon 1Ds MkII, 70-200mm tele lens, ISO1600, f/6.3, 1/80th