Summer Sunlight, a Shadowy Room and a Little Help
This image was created during a beautiful photo session in South France. It was summertime, the sunlight was hot and the bedroom location discreetly lit.
The model and I enjoyed the atmosphere. And the result – created in a very simple lighting setup – is just flattering!
My Shooting Setup
- I stand in front of the model, just a step inside the room.
- The big door and window are completely opened.
- The distance between the bed and the door is short, maybe just one or two meters.
- The door is as large as the width of the bed.
- We are at noon, the bright sun shines strong. But the room itself is in the shadow.
- This is why I used my cobra flash directed toward the ceiling (bouncing via the ceiling) just to give some light to the white walls, specially behind the model.
- The model’s face is actually lit up by the sunshine from outside.
- The door and window acts like a huge softbox, this is why there are no shadows on her face = the light is soft.
Combined Photo Lighting – Sun & Bounced Flash
- Key light: Sun shining through the open door and window
- Fill in: Cobra Flash, bouncing via the ceiling
- White Balance: 5600K
- Camera: Canon 5D
- Focal length: 50mm
- F-stop: 1.8
- Shutter: 1/125
- ISO: 160