Originally Posted by That_Look_Photo
I have been working on this for 2 weeks and I am getting no place. I have a model that is looking for images of her in a romantic ligerie theme.. This is so far out of what I have been doing I just can't get it right. Do I just use one hot light to light the scene ? Please give me so help if you can..I'm all ears..
What you don't want to do is broadcast the light all over the place. This is how hotel rooms look like cheap hotel rooms even if you are in a suite. What you need to do is narrow down your light sources to create nice depth with shadows or light fall off, etc.
You can do this by flagging the light if you are using a large soft box. Flag meaning you are simply blocking the light from scattering where you don't want it. A lot of photographers will use strip domes for main lights to narrow the path of light just to strike the model and have the light fall off. If you don't have strip domes, but have a soft box you can make a strip dome by attaching strips of cardboard over the front of a soft box to make a narrow rectangle light source. You can also use leuvers(spell) or a fabric grid over the front of your soft box to narrow down the light.
Grids work well for hair light and rim lighting. 10 or 20 degree grids. This will control the light to specific points and not broadcast it.
In order to create romantic, most people think candle light and with candle light you don't see a lot of light. It's nice and warm and it glows but the light is not flat all over the place. Think in these terms and you will achieve some romantic lighting by thinking pleasing shadows instead of pleasing light.