I love to shoot fashion. There are so many reasons why. I love the couture clothing, I love to photograph women and I also love to create a mood. One of my favorite techniques to create mood in an image is to use a fog machine. You can pick one up for about $25. In these photos I used a medium soft box as my main light and placed it camera left. To light the fog I placed a strobe behind her and off camera. My assistant ran the fog machine off camera right. The back light was about 2 stops brighter than my main. You have to tell your model to be in character all the time and to NOT look back at the machine. The fog dissipates rather quickly and it’s difficult to get just the right pattern of fog so it doesn’t look like it is being shot out in a stream. My assistant used a piece of cardboard to blow the fog around and “shape” it so it looks the way it does.
Now if you look at the photo on the left you will notice an edge light on her cheek. That is coming from the back light that is illuminating the fog. So in essence you can kill to birds with one stone. It’s actually a very challenging shoot. If you get a model in that is inexperienced she will want to always look back at the fog machine because she is so in awe of it, why I have no idea, but I go crazy because the fog will be perfect and the model will decide to make sure it looks perfect and will look back and I miss the shot. Oy vey ! lol So reinforce to your model to stay in character and DON’T LOOK BACK at the friggin machine ! Sara, the model in these photos is an experienced model so I didn’t have to remind her to not look back.
Yes these images were retouched. The model’s skin was smoothed and of course contrast, levels etc., the standard stuff was done. My lighting however, was just how you see it. And that’s really all there is to it. A two light set up and that’s it. Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions, comment whether you like it or don’t. You won’t hurt my feelings.
You can learn how to shoot like this and much more by taking my private one on one photography work shop.
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