When photographing lingerie and boudoir style images, it’s especially important to make sure the lighting flatters the model. There are a few different techniques you can use to determine which light pattern works best, but as Michael Zelbel explains in the video below, one of the best ways is to experiment. Take a look and learn about an easy way to discover how different light and model placements affect the finished images:
Practice Makes Perfect
Try visualizing the times on a clock face when adjusting your light setup. Experiment by moving your light to different positions on the “clock” and take a test shot. Examine how the light falls on the model and take note of any shadows that are cast. Which light position looks best for the photograph you are trying to create?
You can also experiment by having your model face in different directions. You will find that as she turns, your image will become more dimensional depending on where your light is placed. You can use this to fine tune the lighting pattern once you have established a good base position for your light source.
Planning for the Future
Use this exercise to create a visual reference for future use. By keeping the test shots, or even writing a quick line or two about each in a notebook, you will always have something to look at which can help you more easily select a lighting setup for future shoots.
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