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.
I ended up with a large light modifier for my main light – the Westcott 7′ Parabolic Umbrella (B&H / Amazon). The advantage of using a large light source, is that your subject has more freedom to move – you can be less specific about the posing than you’d need to be with a smaller, harder light source.
Camera settings & photo gear (or equivalents) used in this photo session
- 1/160 @ f/10 @ 100 ISO
- Nikon D4
- Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 AF-S VR II /equivalent Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II
- Westcott 7′ Parabolic Umbrella
- Profoto D1 studio light (500 Ws)
- Profoto 7″ Grid Reflector with a Profoto 10-degree Honeycomb Grid
The lighting set-up is straight-forward. The main light is the Westcott 7′ Parabolic Umbrella (affiliate), 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 (affiliate) with a Profoto 10-degree Honeycomb Grid (affiliate) 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.
- Other photo sessions with Carly Erin
- review: Westcott 7′ Parabolic Umbrella (model: Ulorin Vex)
- Lingerie photo session in the studio (model: Olena)
- Lingerie photo session – light, lighting & textures (model: Melanie S.)
Studio lighting workshops
If you are interested in learning more about studio lighting, including lighting for headshots, I offer workshops on studio lighting. The workshops will be held at my studio space in NJ, and it has a wide range of studio lighting gear to play with!