Different Portrait Poses - Page 40

Once again I have added new equipment in my quest to take better pictures of Bouviers.

What I have added this time is a softbox. A softbox is a black nylon box that has a light stuck in one end and a white nylon panel on the other that the light shines through. This is very much like the diffusion panel I build with the exception it is smaller (36"x24") and the silver panels inside the black nylon box channel the light out the front panel. The softbox can create some very soft but controlled lighting. Besides the softbox I also bought another monolight. This one is a 320 watt second flash that will fit nicely between my 640 watt second flash and my 160 watt second flash. The 160ws light can now be used as a background light, hair light, or an additional kicker light. For some of these pictures I used it as a hair light (I'll explain that with the pictures).

Besides the new equipment, I also replaced the black boards with some Redwood colored boards and I took down the wall panel and went back to the black seamless paper. I'm still looking for the right color brown board to use, but short of tearing down someone's weathered fence I'll probably have to stain them myself. I did get smart this time though. I didn't screw the boards down the the top of my platform. I made a lid with 6 boards held together by 3 cross boards screwed to the top 6 boards. I then laid this on top of the platform so it looks like it's a box. When I want to change the boards I only have to unscrew the front ones and make a new panel to lay on top of the platform. That way I can make interchangeable boxes and not use the same thing all the time.

Here is Caprice siting on the new Redwood platform. My new softbox is to camera left about 4 feet from her head. To camera right I have my 60" white umbrella. Both the softbox and umbrella are at 45 degree angles and set for the same fstop. To camera right and behind Caprice is the 160ws monolight. It has barn doors to keep the light from spilling towards the camera (that causes lens flair and loss of detail) and on the background. It's up high pointing down at Caprice to light up her back.

One things that the picture shows is that I'm getting too much light on her tounge. This causes detail to be lost as well as grabing attention from the rest of the face.


Again, here is Caprice with a profile.



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