I volunteered some time to take family shots at a holiday fundraiser.
I visited the venue today and will need to supply a backdrop or create a 'scene'. I'm not a fan of any of the holiday backdrops you can purchase and was looking to create something like this:
The difference being I will be lighting this entirely with strobes and hanging the holiday lights in front of a white wall.
To get the shallow depth of field I figure I'll need to place the subjects about 4' in front of the lights. I plan on using 2 60" umbrellas to light my subjects.
For anyone that's done this, were the holiday lights bright enough? I plan on having the umbrellas close to my subjects so the falloff will probably be too much to reach the lights. Should I move the umbrellas back?