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Lighting setup / technique????
Old 09-15-2003, 12:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This question was posed to me the other day...guess I never really thought about it, and definitely haven't tried it?

Take your regular Playboy Photo done done with strobes. The subject is beautifully lit..all the way around. Now the back ground has a very shallow DOF. If you were to set your strobes to a "standard" 5.8 - 8 your background would be very well defined. If it were possible to set your strobes to say 1.8 or 2.8 this questions wouldn't exist...but I don't think its easily done.

So are these photographers shooting with a long lens say 70-300 still at 5.6 but creating the shallow DOF?

I could possibly be overlooking something very simple...however, I am still stumped. Curious to hear...what others think or know.
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Old 09-15-2003, 12:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What you're overlooking is that many of the photos you mention were probably done with medium- and sometimes large-format cameras. With a 6x7cm camera, a 180mm lens gives an angle of view/magnification comparable to an 85mm on 35mm format--even at f5.6 or 8, the DOF is still quite limited on the 180.

The shot below of Renee was taken with a 645 using a 150 and 2x teleconverter for an effective focal length of 300 and aperture of about f8 or 9. This is a tighter shot than what you're talking about, but here you can see just how shallow the DOF is with longer lenses (notice that the hair is back is already out of focus).



Another solution would be to use neutral density gels on the strobes or camera to get an aperture of f2 or so with lenses for 35mm.
 
 
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