November 28, 2012

lingerie photo session

studio photography – lingerie photo shoot

Aiming for a sensual mood somewhere between Lingerie, Fashion and Art, I tried various lighting setups in the studio to get to the feel and look that I envisioned. I’ve worked with Carly Erin on other personal photo shoots before, and knew her playful and bold personality would help a lot with this photo session.


camera settings & equipment (or equivalents) used in this photo session

  • 1/160 @ f/10 @ 100 ISO


The lighting set-up is straight-forward. The main light is the Westcott 7′ Parabolic Umbrella (vendor), which I also used in the recent photo session with Ulorin Vex. I scalloped the Parabolic reflector away from the background, to minimize the amount of light falling on the background.

I used the other Profoto D1 head as a background light to give that slight gradient there to the background. This light wasn’t diffused, but had a Profoto 7″ Grid Reflector (vendor) with a Profoto 10-degree Honeycomb Grid (vendor) to control the light from this flash-head.

Similarly, I used my Profoto 600R kit as a third light, which acted as the rim-light on her. This too had a 10 degree grid on it to minimize spill light.

And there you have it. A straight-forward setup that gives interesting, slightly moody light on Carly Erin.

Similar to the vintage photo session with Sarah R, and the urban photo-session with Molly K, I used  a home-brew recipe in Radlab, to make the image pop with more contrast and add warm tone to the B&W image.


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1 Dave November 29, 2012 at 10:01 am

What a beautiful photo. I really appreciate how your site has the hyperlinks to related articles and the equipment used. I find it hard to leave once I get here as each link is another layer of information. You mentioned Radlab. I use TRA1 and TRA2 from Totally Rad. I was curious if you prefer Radlab vs. the older actions and how often you utilize it in your workflow.


2 Laura November 29, 2012 at 11:25 am

I like how soft the lighting is, especially the hair light. I don’t do studio portraits because of the “look” of strobes (especially the hair light can look so fake), but this lighting you did here is making me want to try it. Thank you so much for this post!


3 Neil vN November 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Yup, that parabolic umbrella is huge! And that creates nice soft light. And as a single main light-source, it has a nice way that it wraps around the contours of your subject. Such an easy way to light.


4 j November 30, 2012 at 6:26 am

hi, good stuff!!!
could i ask what background was used?


5 Neil vN November 30, 2012 at 11:33 am

The background was just a roll of dark grey seamless paper.


6 Stuart November 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Thanks so much, Neil. Any chance you could share your black and white conversion method/s. I particularly like your warm tone on this image.


7 Trev November 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm


Here is one link on that very topic.


8 Neil vN December 1, 2012 at 7:32 am

I’ve changed it a bit since then, so it might be time for a new article about that.


9 Pat Bloomfield December 7, 2012 at 10:11 am

Beautiful image Neil.

I love the way you’ve achieved such subtle results with your hard lights with just a splash of highlights in her hair and a hint on the background.

Her pose is spot on but it’s the lighting that makes the image pop.


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