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Best lighting setup for full-body photographs?

 
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Aug 11, 2011 10:42 |  #1

I will be borrowing all equipment from school so I have a wide selection of lighting modifiers to choose from. I have only done portrait lighting before, so I'm unsure of how to do the lighting setup for full-body. I will be shooting on a white seamless background and would like to achieve an effect like this:

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Any suggestions? Thanks in advance :)



  
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Aug 11, 2011 15:44 |  #2

In general tall softboxes and separate strobes to over expose the white background. How many children will be in the photograph b/c one thing to watch is one person casting a shadow on another? Really need more information on the number of strobes and sizes of softboxes you'll have access to.


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Aug 11, 2011 15:46 as a reply to  @ Frugal's post |  #3

Oh and welcome. Just FYI it's not cool to post other people's photographs here. Just provide a link to the original.


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Aug 11, 2011 21:36 |  #4

Sorry about that, that was just a reference photo sent in by my professor as guide for our homework. I'll take note of that next time I post.

There'll be a maximum of 3 people in a photograph and I can borrow as much lighting modifiers as needed. Art school allows us to borrow as much as we need. But say, I was to limit myself to 3 strobes, can this be achieved?

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Aug 12, 2011 00:20 as a reply to  @ moeten's post |  #5

Well you need 4 strobes really - two either side at the back and two with modifiers to light the subjects.


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Aug 12, 2011 07:05 |  #6

A large softbox would do the job, right? I was also considering the use of umbrellas or an octabox for a round catchlight. Thanks for the quick responses, by the way.




  
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Aug 12, 2011 09:42 as a reply to  @ moeten's post |  #7

2 strobes with softboxes or umbrellas at the front plus two strobes with just a reflector at either side of the background. Softboxes are only better than umbrellas/octaboxes when you want to control where the light goes - if say you want part of the subject to be in shadow or you don't want the foreground lighting to spill onto the background. But you don't seem to have that requirement here so umbrellas or octaboxes will work equally well.

But... if you don't have access to 4 strobes then put the front one with an umbrella or octabox at the same location as the camera to avoid shadows. An big umbrella or octabox would be better as it will throw a wider beam than a softbox.


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Aug 12, 2011 11:20 |  #8

Thank you so much. I'll keep all your suggestions in mind. Hopefully, my shoot goes well. I'll post the photos as soon as they're published. Thanks again.




  
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