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Old 08-04-2007, 09:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have seen a few studio images that show the model standing on a platform that is about 1ft high. They would have a seemless paper backdrop rolled down and over the top of this platform. What is the reason for this other then to be able to shoot from a lower angle ?

Also how can you keep a model under the hairlight during the shoot ? The last shoot I did I had to keep telling the model to move to the right or left during the shoot. I was thinking of putting a dot on the floor to show her the place to stand. Anyone else do something like that?
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Use a strip light on a boom for a hair light and that gives you a wider area of movement for the model (at least along one axis).
As to the platform, sometimes in a studio with carpet, you use a platform to keep the model's heels from poking through the paper. Also, tall photographers will sometimes do it so that they can shoot at eye level with shorter models.

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I have seen a few studio images that show the model standing on a platform that is about 1ft high. They would have a seemless paper backdrop rolled down and over the top of this platform. What is the reason for this other then to be able to shoot from a lower angle ?
that's pretty much it, i.e., to be able to (more easily) shoot from a lower angle.
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Old 08-06-2007, 03:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey Mike....in my studio "Garage" I built a raised platform ie Floor..with 2x4 framing and ply wood, painted it black blah blah blah..but my reason? it gets cold where we live, even the best heated studio"garage" the floor gets cold!
so my reason..so the models didnt have to lay on cold concrete cover with seamless...BRRRRRR!!!!
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Ok.. That clears it up for me..thanks..
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One other use for a platform is to have a blower built into it for the Marilyn Monroe or "Lady in Red" type shots. Here is an example:



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One other use for a platform is to have a blower built into it
Cool...it's one of those "Now why didn't I think of that?" moments!

One thing...what's the power rating of the blower and is it variable?
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Very cool idea.

That looks like on of the blowers that janitorial staff use to dry floors. I think I've seen them at Home Depot.
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Cool...it's one of those "Now why didn't I think of that?" moments!

One thing...what's the power rating of the blower and is it variable?
My recollection is that it was variable. One of the members of our photoclub built it. It worked perfectly. We would just have the model stand behind the grill, and then move forward and side to side and shoot as the dress billowed up.
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