Hotel Room Photography

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  1. HRphoto

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    Hi everyone... I'm a glamour/pin-up photographer who does a lot of model portfolio type stuff. I normally shoot in my studio or on location, with many lights, never on-camera flash. I often use the clamshell lighting set up with two umbrellas in front, so I can control the light especially when I have a model in a pose that's not a standing straight-up-and-down pose, with the body parallel to the camera. I'd like to start shooting girls in various hotel rooms around LA as kind of an art project, but I can't bring all of my equipment into these rooms. Either I need to come up with a really basic and small lighting set up that I can fit in a case or two (complete with stands) or I need to start experimenting with on-camera flash. Obviously I don't want any harsh lighting or shadows so I'd want something with a large diffusion attachment. I also like to shoot fast so perhaps I'd want something with an extra battery attachment? Can anyone recommend any specific equipment I should buy? My camera is a Canon Mark II. Thanks!
     
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    Are you familiar with www.strobist.com?

    A couple of cybersyncs, Vivitar 285's, lightstands and umbrellas and you should be good to go.
     
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    Hmmm..... shooting girls in hotel rooms around L.A. I like it.
     
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    Put a bed in your studio. It will look just like a hotel room....lol
    Seriously, I had the same problem shooting in hotel rooms. I tried one on camera flash and one off camera flash. I was shooting film in those days and some pics came out ok, but some others sucked. I determined afterwards that the second flash was not charging up as fast as I was shooting. Now I pay attention to my equipment and not just the model.
     
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    You're right Jerry. The answer inevitibly comes back to that
     
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    Well, if you think about it... ALL the rules for lighting in a studio are just as valid in anyroom, hotel or kitchen or the biggest photo studio. The biggest difference is light strength... there is a lot less room... hence... the best tool for that job is a battery powered strobe.. hence... strobist! :D
     
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    It always comes to that. The strobist is the source for now. So HR are we talking the old vintage hotels that are dives now in LA?
     
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    You know, a lot of those older rooms would have a lot of personality and give a few naked women a very unique feeling to that kind of porn... err... art. :lol:
     
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    Heh, don't you think people will give you funny looks, seeing all these good looking girls coming in and out of a hotel room with you inside :D? lol
     
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    If someone is paying attention, they will think you are a monster in bed... or maybe just someone with a clinical addiction to sex... lol
     
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    either way i wouldn't complain..:lol:


    how about booking these rooms? Would most managers be willing to discount the rate for a couple of hours if you showed them you are a photographer and not a sex addict?
     

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