Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hudson River Photography Workshops Final Day: Studio Shoot

Today at the Hudson River Photography Workshops we had a cool guest instructor, Vered Koshlano, co-author of my Studio and On-Location Lighting Secrets book. In my den, we set up a single Westcott Spiderlite in a soft box and a Westcott reflector (to fill in some of the shadows created by the single light). The exercise: create beautiful studio lighting with a very simple set up.

One of the keys to this type of portrait: don't aim the light directly at the subject. Rather, angle it slightly in front of and away from the subject so that a nice soft and even light illuminates the subject.

Our model was Bella Paula. Vered brought some props, we added some photo know-how, and all the students made great images.

Good fun and learning for all.

Explore the light,


Jolene Monheim said...

Rick! Thanks so much - I would like to take some nice photos of my family gathering this Thanksgiving. If I had to buy just one or two of the weston spider lights, which would you recommend?


Rick Sammon said...

Hi Jolene - It depends on how much you want to spend. I would suggest you check out the Westcott site and see what meets your budget and needs. For a family, I'd get at least two.

Happy Thanksgiving in advance!