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How do you light a romantic theme ?
Old 05-11-2006, 06:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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..

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I just wanted to add that the location will be in a hotel suite...

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Just guessing but try the shade setting on digital or a warming filter

no direct flash ( even umbrellas pointed towards the ceiling ?? )

Do NOT white balance the incandecent lights ( might need tripod and higher ISO setting )

shoot normally and then color it in photoshop

I just thought I would throw some ideas out there , maybe someone else will say it's wrong and give you more options
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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..

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Mike,

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.

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Wow! I picked the right time to cruise back for some reading. Great question and awesome answer, JT. I'd always wondered about the strips on my softbox. I guess I know what my next experiments will be about. =)

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Wow! I picked the right time to cruise back for some reading. Great question and awesome answer, JT. I'd always wondered about the strips on my softbox. I guess I know what my next experiments will be about. =)

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Even better yet you could use black fabric and velcro to attach blinds to the front of your soft box to make a strip dome. Photoflex can come with a front panel already made like this.

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Picked up an Amvona 36" x 24" for a song, it came with a pair of strips, a grid and a reducing window, all velcro and nylon. I just need to get the Bee adaptor ring so I can use the darn thing.

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Even better yet you could use black fabric and velcro to attach blinds to the front of your soft box to make a strip dome. Photoflex can come with a front panel already made like this.

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I have thought about doing that . I am unsure how much light to put on the model as in area . And how dark the room should be.

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I would use a warm filter too, try and get a glow on the skin too,
candle lights. and so cheats with photoshop cs2
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I have thought about doing that . I am unsure how much light to put on the model as in area . And how dark the room should be.
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Most romantic sets use light and shadow as mentioned. Many sets have several lights and some brag on using up to 40 or so lights. Many of them with various degree grids putting specular light just where they want it. The subject and the background. These lights and shadows give depth to the image.

Do me a favor? Study candle light. Light some candles and place them in various places around the room. Meditate and study. Move them around and meditate and study. Look at light, look at the midtones and look at the shadows. Now read the light, read the midtones and read the shadows.

You are thinking in your head and not playing enough......now go play. Find a stuffed animal if you have to. Practice in your bedroom, living room, etc.... wax on wax off......

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