Every once in a while I come across models that I knew I had to work with; Jen is a perfect example.
I first saw Jen’s pictures last August. She’s got the quality of a fashion model which I look for – tall and slender with eyes to mesmerize viewers. What I didn’t know was how well she poses and her ability to follow instructions. I was not dissapointed.
For the above picture, we used a single strobe with nothing but a simple reflector. The idea is to create a harsh light so it throws a clear shadow on the background. I am normally not particularly crazy about bikini shoots, but I noticed she looked really comfortable when she started moving. So I asked her to gradually move down as she poses. Wow… exactly what I was looking for! The raw file was a little under exposed because the light was angled and metered for her full-length portrait; I had to bump the exposure up about half a stop in raw conversion. But I like the shadow and drama of this setup.
Set up for the above picture is a little more complicated. First, the background are lit with two lights; hidden behind V-cards acting as gobo. The V-cards also serve as reflectors for really nice fill. Key light comes from a Strobolite inside a softbox; camera right. Finally, another Strobolite + parabolic umbrella is used as on-axis fill. I am intrigued by the effect of the parabolic umbrella; very poppy. Similar to clamshell setup.
A note on those Westcott Strobelites. Compared to the Alien Bees or Einsteins, they recycle very slow; I’ve missed quite a few shots because it took several seconds before it is ready to pop again. Also the color temperature is colder.