Saturday, July 30, 2016

Anastasia Bound

It's been quite a long time since I've been shooting people regularly. Very long since I've done any type of fetish work, at least anything seriously. Lucky for me I ran across Anastasia. She was bored, I was bored. I had some rope and a desire to take some pictures and she was up for it. It felt so good to be shooting like this again.

I need more practice with my knots but I'm pretty happy with the results. These are my two favorite shots from the session.

Most of the shots used a simple lighting setup. Canon speedlight on a stand with a shoot-through umbrella. Occasionally used one or two more speedlights as fill or accent lights. These two were single light shots. Flashes were trigged with the built-in flash on my Canon 70D.

A little bit of editing to adjust tones and contrast, remove a blemish here or there but that's about it.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

DIY PVC Scrim Plans with Folding Legs

Call it a diffusion panel, call it a reflector, or throw black fabric over it and call it a flag. Whatever you want to call it, it's worth making one and keeping it in your studio. You'll save a lot compared to buying one and you can customize it to suit your needs. I looked at a few different DIY diffusion panel designs out there and they didn't work for me so I came up with my own.

With a translucent fabric on the frame it can create a very beautiful soft light by placing a light behind it and shooting through. With the same white sheet you can place it opposite your main light and use it as a reflector to lighten the shadow side of your subject. To block stray light and create higher contrast shots drape a black sheet over the frame.

For me, I wanted a big scrim. The diffusion area of mine will be about 7'6" tall by 4'6" wide. Plus a little extra height for the legs. I wanted it to stand on it's own and I also wanted to be able to store it against the wall easily. That's why the legs can fold up so everything is flat.