While driving home from NYC recently, I was stopped at a traffic light next to a Lamborghini. There I was, sitting in my cozy Honda Civic Hybrid listening to some nice original acoustic guitar music on my iPod.
I thought, “Man o’ man that’s a nice car. But what the heck, if I had that cool car, I’d get home at exactly the same time. However, with my Honda, I’d save a few bucks on gas because my Honda gets about four times the gas mileage of the Lambo.”
That experience gave me the idea for this DPE post: getting to the same place without spending a lot of money. Here goes.
Sure, you can spend thousands of dollars on studio light gear that will help you get great shots. But for about $30, you can pick up a cool lighting accessory – Venetian blinds – that will help you create creative lighting effects even when you are shooting with only one light. Here’s the technique.
First, position the blinds (taped on a reflector/diffuser stand in our behind-the-scenes photo) between the light and the model. Next, adjust the opening of the slats to vary the lighting effect. Then, vary the distance (three feet for this photo) between the light and the blinds.
The model shot on the top left is a straight shot – no blinds were used. The other two model shots show the effect of varying the size of the openings in the blinds.
This is what I call an “evolution-of-a-photo-shoot” technique. You need to experiment to get the desired effects.
If you like tips like this, check out the book I co-authored with Vered Koshlano, Studio and Location Lighting Secrets. Also check out the cover photo and credit. You’ll see that our King of Color Management, Eddie Tapp, took that wonderful photograph.
Explore the light,