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Old 11-30-2004, 07:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well you all asked for an update on my studio and I promise to have one up soon. In the meantime, I need some help.

I am getting together with a local salon for a project. I orginally called her to offer to shoot a cut of their's once a month in exchange for hanging an 11x14 of it in the salon. The owner one upped that.

The owner is one of the top reps for a line of hair products and knows a few folks. She knows one of the editors for a salon look magazine. She's been wanting to get together with a photographer to shoot some submissions for the mag. She thinks she has a pretty good chance at getting in. She shoots some of her own stuff, but with a digital point and shoot and has no real technical knowledge or knows how to manipulate light so the shots always come out less than what she'd like. When I approached her, she saw an opportunity to really get some stuff that might make it. I'm flattered. But really what I want right now is the exposure in my town. This is the largest salon in SE Georgia, has eight chairs and a spa and is booked about 50% on off days.

So, what she wants to do is have me set up in her salon and shoot headshots of fresh cuts. She is going to be lining up the right kind of clients for good shots. Here goal is to get in the mag. My goal is for people to meet me and know what I do. I don't realy care about getting in the mag, but I definately want to produce shots that are good enough or better. She's agreed to let me offer my prom packages and keep any revenue generated, as long as I get her some shots for submission.

Now on the technical details:

The room I'm shooting in is 12x9 with a 12 foot ceiling. The walls are a light cocoa with a tan faux finish. It's pretty similar to Wescott's Kentucky Muslin, just a litte darker. I figure since they're headshots and I've got 12 feet of shooting room, I'll be safe with one light and a reflector for fill. I'm planning on putting a white shoot-thru umbrella on my AB1600 or should I use my 48" Octobox? I was thinking about shooting at f8, but should I try to bump it up for more detail in the hair? Any of you guys that have read this far and have any input, I'd like to hear it.

Of course, I will not let the day of be a dry run. I will shoot some samples in my studio prior to going on there.

Thanks guys.

Mike

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Re: Lighting Help
Old 11-30-2004, 07:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Mike,
First thought I have is how about a hairlight?
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Old 11-30-2004, 08:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ron,

Thanks. That's a start, but I'm not sure if 12x9 is enough room for more than one light. I'll work it into my testing.

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Mike, since you will be shooting head shots, why not set-up a background with white seamless paper, have your hair light (stripdome maybe) come from over the background and continue with the reflector as your fill? Just my two cents.

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Old 11-30-2004, 09:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Mike

First thing -- get a copy of the magazine that you guys are supposed to be shooting for and see how you think THEY did the lighting. After all, if they're published then it must have been an image that the editors liked.

I agree with Ray on rolling out the white paper and setting up a softbox or strip dome as the hair light. A second softbox as the main light. Probably the room will reflect the fill -- but use a white card if it needs help.

Have fun!

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Old 12-01-2004, 10:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I would LOVE to have the luxury of a 12X9 foot shooting space with a 12 foot ceiling! I do the majority of my shooting in a room that is about 8X10 with 7 and a half foot ceiling. I usually have a four or five light setup, it just takes a little creativity to get it all working togeather. Here is a senior I shot in here basement, about 6 and a half foot ceilings and only about 2 feet between her and the background. I used a main, fill, hair and background light.

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