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Lighting a pinup shoot, outdoors, on a shoestring

 
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Mar 17, 2016 03:08 |  #1

hey guys,

I am way new to this so here's my dilemma...

I work with a few models from time to time. On Friday we're doing a just-for-fun shoot, pinup style. No cash going either way, so we're good there.
She's got the short denims, a button down, a red hanky, and so on.

I have a Triumph motorcycle that might be a decent prop. I have a good 70-200L handy.


The bad: I have two mediocre hot shoe flashes, a couple of stands, and a couple of 36" shoot-thrus. She wants an outdoor, on-location kind of shoot.

I have no idea how to light it. It we were indoors I'd dig out the 500W units and the beauty dish but at the moment I'm lost, and I've gathered from watching a few of you
and a few others that the pinup style is VERY light heavy, edgy, intense, and so on.
Where's a good starting point for a decent 1940s/50s kind of pinup look with a setup like this? Any tutorials come to mind, or ideas?
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Mar 17, 2016 05:41 |  #2

What's the weather supposed to be?


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Mar 17, 2016 12:18 |  #3

Do it during golden hour, leave the flashes alone or use them for fill. As the sunlight fades, shift to more and more contribution from flashes on stands, until you're shooting solely on flash power, exactly like you would in studio.

This'll give you a few different looks over the course of only a couple hours.


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Mar 17, 2016 13:10 |  #4

hey guys,

windpig -- it's phoenix. It will be sunny. Warm too!


nathan -- thanks for the idea! Would you shoot with just the raw flash? equal power or offset them? it doesn't seem like the style demands a lot of shadow and contrast on the face/torso--at least for the retro look.


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Mar 17, 2016 16:14 |  #5

Backlight the subject and shoot with a bare flash on axis.


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Mar 23, 2016 20:46 |  #6

What about a silver or gold reflective umbrella, would give more efficient light back to the subject. Shoot-through wastes a lot of power outdoors.


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Mar 24, 2016 05:31 |  #7

Not enough control, blinds the subject.


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Mar 24, 2016 19:21 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #8

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Mar 24, 2016 19:22 |  #9

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Mar 24, 2016 19:24 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #10

An umbrella is more blinding than a bare flash on axis? The power can go down...


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Mar 24, 2016 19:28 |  #11

The model has to stare at a bright reflector as opposed to a flash. I wouldn't use a umbrella either.


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Mar 24, 2016 19:31 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #12

Reflectors are much harder on the model's eyes than either umbrellas or bare strobes. The bare flash would have a more direct, therefore an assumed more intense shine into the eyes


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Mar 24, 2016 19:34 |  #13

But the flash is brief.


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Mar 24, 2016 19:36 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #14

I agree. Much easier on the model.


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Mar 25, 2016 19:29 |  #15

hey guys,

well we pushed the shoot back to THIS weekend so that made for more learning on my end.

I have 2x hotshoe flashes and either 2 shoot thrus but I also have two very decently sized (48") white/silver umbrellas to work with. So there's options!
I've also been reading a lot and I feel a little better about my predicament of shooting everything.

Pinup seems to be devoid of dramatic shadows, at least in the old-school feel of things, right? Hence a more "head-on" approach with lighting?


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