Studio photography – Creating sun-flare images
One of the sequences I photographed of Anelisa for the video clip of a photo session in the studio, was to create this kind of sun-drenched flared image. I wanted it to look bright and airy and summery.
There was a studio flash behind her to (partially) create the flare. I had to keep adjusting my movement just so that the flash-head wouldn’t be entirely hidden, or entirely revealed.
There was a total of four flashes used, and the pull-back shot shows their positioning.
The beauty dish and light were mounted on a Manfrotto 025BS boom w/ 008BU stand & casters (affiliate) which offers coaxial geared controls at the one end. So now it is possible to adjust the positioning of the light such as the beauty dish in this case, without relying on a tall model on high-heels to adjust your lights for you.
There was a bare Profoto D1 Air 500 W/s Monolight (affiliate) behind her. This flashhead had the Profoto frosted glass dome (affiliate) on it to help spread the light, since the D1 has a flat disc for the head, instead of the usual bulb-like flash-head that you’d expect.
Then I used two Quantum flashes – one to light the background, and the other (with a 12″ x 12″ softbox) to provide rim-light on Anelisa.
The flare from the flash-head wasn’t quite enough, so for both these main images, I used the Lens Flare filter in Photoshop. Additionally, I warmed the images slightly with one of the RadLab actions.
Camera settings and gear used (or equivalents)
- 1/200 @ f/4 @ 100 ISO
- Nikon D4
- Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 AF-S VR II / Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II
- (2x) Profoto D1 Air 500 W/s studio light
- Profoto beauty dish
- Manfrotto 025BS boom w/ 008BU stand & casters
- Studio lighting: Smaller light = harder light = dramatic light – model:Anelisa
- Video clip: photo session in the studio – model: Anelisa
- Lingerie photo session: Video light & studio flash – model: Olena
- Behind the scenes video – photo session with Ulorin Vex
- Other articles on using video light for photography