August 6th, 2011
I’ve been shooting regularly in my studio for about three years now and I’m finding the restrictions it puts on me to be very useful in defining my repetoir and house style. If I had a big studio I could easily get lost in the multitude of options open to me. Too much choice limits the creative process. Sketching at home with charcoal and chalks is strangely satisfying. I’d hate to but let loose in an artists shop with the instruction ‘use anything you want to create your piece of art’. No matter what I produced I’d be left feeling that I had not made the most of the opportunity I was given. It would be an inevitable dissapointment. When I hear the words, ‘I wish I had one of those lights’ or ‘I wish my studio was bigger’ I say to myself ‘are you sure? Have you really thought it through? The appeal of limitations is bourn out in camera phone apps like Hipstomatic and Shake it Photo. Something from nothing always impresses us. Perhaps that’s why it’s easy to be impressed with pictures from a Fujifilm X100 compact camera. The same shot taken on a £20,000 Leica S2 camera wouldn’t be significantly better. It’s not the kit that matters it’s what you do with it.
In picture 1 above I lit Stina from the front and above with a 40cm beauty dish fitted with a honecomb grid that I bought on Ebay. I used a 15cm reflector with a narrow grid as a back light / kicker and a further 15cm grid to put a pool of light on my paper background. Three lights, all of them are fairly hard sources at the distance that I rigged them.
Here are details of my next studio lighting workshops limited to just three delegates. Make up will be provided by Vicky Waghorn, our in house make up artist.
You can also browse our range of upcoming photography training courses here.
Please feel free to ask questions or comment on the pictures.