I learned a new lighting trick!

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  1. JustJazzie

    JustJazzie Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I am so excited! I've been racking my brain lately trying to figure out how to create a harder light look that was super soft in the highlights, without buying anything new like a grid for my softbox.

    Yesterday I was lucky enough to catch Sue Bryce's natural lighting course on Creative Live and she answered it for me! I am a little embarrassed to say its such an obvious solution, but she takes diffused window light and uses flags to restrict the window into a strip of light.

    I've never been a huge user of natural light so I decided to find a way to convert it to a strobe setup. Im sure some of you remember my shower curtain scrim setup but I suppose I should elaborate for those who don't. Right now, my favorite light is a studio strobe on a bounce umbrella sitting behind 2 shower curtain's attached to a boom stand. Taking a cue from Sue, I took two strips of black fabric and hung them over the shower curtains leaving a 3-4 inch strip of light showing. Basically creating a DIY strip light. I only got a few test shots in on the kids yesterday but I am basically jumping up and down at the result! Its so soft and bright in the highlights, yet super contrasty and moody!

    I cant post the pictures of the kiddos but I was so excited that I had to shout it out!


     
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    Well if you can't post pictures of the kids, then it's time for another selfie using this set-up. HOP to it now, we want to see.

    Also take a photo of the lighting for us to see.
     
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    JustJazzie Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Are you saying my giant teddy bear isn't a sufficient model?
     
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    Oh! I did mean to attatch these, but puppy got on the table and distracted me. I plan to borrow (indefinitely) my son's black out curtains so the flags go to the floor, but here was my test setup.
     

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    Nope that won't cut it. ;) lol
     
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    I see a few things on your carpet! :eek:
     
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    You've hurt her feelings! lol!

    This is a terrible selfie, but its all I have time for today! I didn't have the black reflector quite as close to me as I did for the boys so the shadows are lifted a bit, but hopefully it gives you an idea of the possibilities!

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    Good thing you can't see behind me! ;-)
     
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    Why can't you post photos of the kiddos?
     
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    she'll get over it, lol. Nicely done.
     
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    astroNikon 'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya Supporting Member

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    The kiddos stole the teddy bear and hide.
     
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    Dh doesn't like pictures of them on the internet. I've posted a few with his permission on the past for c&c but I try not to make it a habbt!
     
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    I dunno, she's already threatening not to pose for me next time. *smh*
     

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