The Photo Shoot

I’ve gotten a number of questions as to how the photo shoot in my last post was handled, specifically the lighting. Since the tripods were still in place, it’s easy enough to show. I used only ONE photo flood and turned all of the room lights OFF before taking the shot. Note the light position in front of the subject and 45 degrees to the side. The light is not behind me. All you need to replicate this is a photo flood bulb and a clamp on lamp socket which you can get at the hardware store. The bulb is 500W, 3200k. I took six images (that’s truly all you need) and combined them with Helicon Focus (which is only $30). My backdrop is just a light blue “screen” which I remove with an editor and crop in a shot of an actual sky (nothing dramatic, no major cloud formations).