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Thread started 04 Aug 2016 (Thursday) 18:40
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How many lights do you use?

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Aug 04, 2016 18:40 |  #1

For location bedroom style stuff. Not seamless shots.

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Aug 04, 2016 22:04 |  #2

As many as I need.

I've faked a sun lite window with a large soft box and then added from there.
Often only one or two lights overall, but I've used 5 or 6 before.
My understanding is that Playboy used to use upwards of 50 for the centerfold shots.

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Aug 05, 2016 19:13 |  #3

Different for each location, I keep it as simple as I can most of the time.

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Aug 08, 2016 05:31 |  #4

I just do it in the dark ;-)a

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Jan 01, 2017 01:16 |  #5

Usually 3, sometimes 4. I use a key, a fill and a hair light usually. If I need more light on the background, I might use a 4th light. Sometimes, for moodier shots, I use a reflector as the fill as opposed to a separate strobe. This is for small settings. Obviously for a larger space, I would use one or additional lights for the backdrop.

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Jan 01, 2017 01:44 |  #6

Usually none, sometimes one. I haven't been lucky enough to shoot on location in a huge bedroom, just typical small home/apartment sized I try not to over-complicate things and adhere to the KISS ideology. None is best (provided they have adequate window lighting and we shoot at an appropriate time), but if need be I'll use a large octa or just bounce one strobe off an adjacent wall or the ceiling.

In an ideal world with tons of time and a large enough space? The sky's the limit. Whatever will help to get the look I want I guess.


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