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Debbie Vega
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/23/2005
 

How to do a maternity silhouette in home studio??


Can someone please help me.. I have been asked by a client to photograph her pregancy and she would like a nude silhouette..
I have tried for the life of me to bloe out the background but cannot get the subject black..
I am new to photography and studio lights but I really want to be able to offer this to her.. I don't have a great deal of space and have a three light kit.. two umbrellas and a large softbox, all strobes.. also a little hair light I have never used..

Can anyone help me with this.. settings for camera/lights etc

Much appreciated, debbie


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6/1/2006 8:44:03 PM

 
Tammy L. Odell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/7/2004
 
 
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Have you thought of using a window?? I don't have lights so I can't offer any help there, but you can do a nice silhoutte with a window and a nice drape or panel. Just meter off of the light coming in, very simple! I'll try and post a sample. I totally understand if it's not what you are trying to achieve!!


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6/1/2006 9:42:26 PM

 
Debbie Vega
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/23/2005
  Hi Tammy, thank you so much for the responce.. I do not really have a window big enough or enough light coming in eraly in the morning.. just our of interest though how do you meter off the light coming in? I do not have alight meter.. do I point the camera at the window or the subject? What were your settings for the silhouette, it is beautiful..!
debbie


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6/2/2006 7:50:00 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Just make sure you have a lot of light behind her. Try using the umbrellas with the umbrellas pointed at the wall behind her and meter off the wall. If uou meter off the subject, you won't get a silhouette. Just make sure the subject is severely underexposed relative to the background.


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6/2/2006 8:03:04 AM

 
Debbie Vega
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/23/2005
  thanks Kerry.. so just one more question from a newbie.. how do I meter without a light meter, can this be done.. and I have strobes.. so do I have to fire them in order to meter?


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6/2/2006 8:12:55 AM

 
Tammy L. Odell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/7/2004
  My settings for this image were 1/125 sec @ F5. I don't have a light meter either. I just metered off the light from the window and you can either lock that in with FE lock, (don't quote me on that one) or just recall the settings and shoot manual. Just remember for silhouttes, I always make sure my shutter is fairly quick


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6/2/2006 8:16:33 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   You really need a flash meter when using more than one light to make sure you get the right exposure. However, since you are using digital, you have and advantage. (It's killing me as a film guy to admit this! LOL) Just set up and take several shots varying the exposure until you get the look you want. You should try this with another subject in place of your customer. Just keep a record of the exposure you use to get the look you want and you will be ready when your customer arrives.


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6/2/2006 8:18:25 AM

 
Debbie Vega
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/23/2005
  Kerry, do you have any idea how to do this with studio lights cause my house gets zero light until late afternoon ( great for this heat) I am so stressed about it cause I want to get it right for her .. / Thanks, debbie


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6/2/2006 8:34:27 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Just set your camera's metering mode to spot after you've directed your lights to the wall behind her, none hitting her. Focus on the wall behind the woman, of course by pressing your shutter button halfway down. This should lock your exposure. Recompose the seen putting the woman in the frame where you want her and fully depress shutter button. This should work like a charm.


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6/2/2006 10:39:08 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Spelling faux pas, I meant to say "scene" instead of "seen"... I really am intelligent in addition to being sexy....


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6/2/2006 10:40:32 AM

 
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