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lighting in a shower
Old 02-01-2008, 04:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm just wondering how people are lighting shower shots? Umbrella's? Softboxes? Bare flash? What's works best for you? I've kinda imagined it being like shooting into a V-Card, expecting light to bounce off every wall and be fairly shadowless?
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Well, ya got 240 reads and no replies... so I guess it's time for the bad penny to show up.

It kind of depends on exactly what the shower is. I seem to recall Rolando has something like a pinkish granite shower, and I've seen various other simulated and real stone finishes which aren't too bad as long as they don't have a super high gloss finish. But I guess that really doesn't matter once the water comes on. Specular highlights off the spraying and bouncing water ya know...

More typically, I think you are looking at the typical household white fiberglass. Get it wet and light will be bouncing all over. The big problem will be avoiding a hot spot, so I'd tend to go with a big softbox.

One consideration above all is that electricity and water do not mix. No running old extension cords into the bathroom with water splashing around. Take every possible precaution to keep the AC stuff away from water.

Personally, I'd think about taking a couple of battery powered flashes (Vivitar 283's maybe) and using them in a big softbox. Better safe than sorry...
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Re: lighting in a shower
Old 02-19-2008, 02:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It is usually easier and safer to just make a shower set in the studio. You can buy the typical hose type shower head for $20 and just attach it to a garden hose. Have something that will collect the water. Have something that is waterproof for two sides of the "shower". Use a soft box 8' away (a big one). You can have smaller accent lights. It doesn't take much water to get a reasonable looking water flow. Practice the poses without the water running. When you have the poses down and choreographed, then turn on the water and shoot away. Right before turning on the garden hose, use water from a glass or bowl to prewet the body so that you can start shooting as soon as you turn on the head.
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I gues it all depends on the look you want. For a basic shot, I leave the shower door open and shoot the image with a 36x48 softbox pointed through the door. Since my shower is off-white tile, the "bounce" is enough to evenly light the model.

Here's an image I shot in my shower with one big softbox.



For a more "produced" look I like to add a hairlight/backlight. Since my shower has glass doors that don't go all the way to the top of the shower (this technique also works in showers with shower curtains) I place my Nikon SB-800 speedlight (battery operated) on a boom arm and run it over the door and above the model and as high up as possible to keep it dry (a pastic bag can be used to protect the speedlight).
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