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2017 Portrait Series - Home Studio Portraits

This week we revisited Arika and Mady with a make-shift studio in the kitchen. Lighting equipment included a large umbrella/Yonguo speedlight combo and a Neewer monolight and softbox.

Nikon D750 | 85mm F/1.8 | f/5 | 1/125s | ISO 100

Nikon D750 | 85mm F/1.8 | f/5 | 1/125s | ISO 100

A majority of the photos used the softbox as the key light typically at the front or side and the umbrella as a backside fill to help with separation between the models and the dark background. This is particularly important when working with dark hair like Arika's, which would otherwise get lost in the background.

To trigger the lights, I used small Yonguo radios attached to the top of my camera and the Neewer monolight. My speedlight has its own built in receiver. 

While working in small places can be challenging, creative placement can let you squeeze out more than you expect. The umbrella and speedlight actually sat on the dining table, and a 5-in-1 reflector was used to help block out ambient light peaking through the background fabric.  Altogether this proved to be effective at creating an in-studio result right at home!

Check out the rest of the photos below, and check for an upcoming blog post of some funny outtakes from the shoot!