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02/27/2010 01:45:33 PM · #1
This morning a photograph came into my head. Shocking.. I can see the lighting and the whole setup but I am not sure how to create the effect with artifical light.
I want the light to look like sunlight coming through an old window. Streaming light but soft.
I can get an old window but I am not sure that it will even be in the shot, it may just be the idea that the window is there.. I wish I was an artist so I could draw it first then recreate
I hope this makes sense and someone can point me in the right direction. If I can get this from my head to the camera it will be amazing since I saw four different shots..
Thanks for any help you can give me.
Karen..
02/27/2010 01:48:40 PM · #2
wow have to change my signiture..
02/27/2010 02:02:47 PM · #3
You can do it with a softbox set-up. The light will concentrate the through softboxes window and feather down over your subject.

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I don't know if this is the exact effect you're looking for but Vermeer might be a good reference point...

vermeer.jpg vermeer_milkmaid.jpg vermeer.jpg

Message edited by author 2010-02-27 14:05:27.
02/27/2010 03:16:53 PM · #4
Yes, soft light source is the way to go. A subtle point that people miss sometimes is how far the light source is from the subject.

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Close makes it 'soft' as the source is relatively larger, but this means the light may not 'fall off' as nicely because the exposure changes a lot across the frame (inverse square law come to bite us again!).

Further away offers nice 'fall off' but you'll need a bigger source to retain the softness.

Worth noting that in the image above, tape was used on the softbox to make refelctions suggest a window was the light source.

Message edited by author 2010-02-27 15:22:48.
02/27/2010 09:16:52 PM · #5
Thanks guys. Luckily we have the softbox just never thought it could give that effect.. Looks like it is time to get the studio/garage back into shape.. I hope to be able to take this from mind to camera.
Karen
02/27/2010 09:55:47 PM · #6
The other thing you can do, if you actually have a window to use, is put your flash outside, aimed in through the glass, and tack a white bedsheet over the window. It'll essentially create a really big softbox, in the size and shape of the window. Be sure to mount the flash up high, aiming in at an angle like the sun would.
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