Another strobe question

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  1. tjones8611

    tjones8611 TPF Noob!

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    In a couple of days, I will be doing a studio session and need some advice with the positioning of strobes. Part of the session will include some nudes/implied on a couch. The couch will be against a dark wall.

    Where should I position the lights for poses stretching across the couch? I have a large softbox and a couple of hot lights to work with. I would typically have one of the hot lights somewhere behind the model, but in this situation it is not practical. I can move the couch away from the wall, but not sure that would be beneficial.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    That depends on the lighting effect you want to create and the specific pose the model is in on the couch.
     
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    Move the couch away from the wall about 4 feet, one light behind couch low shining up the wall another light with a snoot shining down the length of her body creating an outline, the light behind will give a bit of seperation and hopefully show the couch up a touch, if set right should give a nice low key implied nude
     
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    Thanks Gary, def will try. Any other ideas? I intend to try several different positions while there, but was hoping to get some general ideas before hand.
     
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    Look for a setting on the strobes for a "modeling light". This is basically a lamp that turns on full time, so that - in a dark room - you can see what your lighting, and where you are casting shadows.

    If you have the modeling lamps, which most strobes do, then it's just a matter of positioning the lamps and setting your exposure =)

    It's kinda like painting ...... lol
     
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    Start with a 3-point setup and then play around from there.
     

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