As Boudoir & Portrait Photographers, we have all been there. A bad light situation.
This is were your skills should come into play. Now you can show yourself how much you really know about light and how to manipulate it. Right ?!
When I booked this amazing room, I knew I would eventually run into a light problem. I didn't know that we would loose light so quickly that I called it quits after 30 minutes of shooting. So we went outdoors.
In this photo, I had her sitting on the chair. The only natural light source came from behind her, a little door. Not enough light.
Turning the chair around, placing her face and body towards the light was not enough and it did not give me the look I wanted. But I had a lamp over the chair, and I had my Westcott Ice Light!
The Ice Light illuminates a whole room if you want to. It's like a natural window light source. You can use it as a fill light too or play Star Wars with it since it looks like a lightsaber. Just Joking.
In the photos below, you can see where I placed the Ice Light.
Since I'm a Boudoir Photographer without a studio I knew I had to prepare for the worst case scenario. Not enough natural light.
I'm not a fan of OCF or flash so I work with what I get. I see it as training. How good can I get manipulating light? Right ?!
Things I bring just in case : My Ice Light, My NEEWER Ring LIGHT | And a Reflector to reflect as much light on my subject as possible.
This set was shot with my Nikon D800 Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART Lens.
My ISO Settings ranged from ISO 640- 1240.
In the photos you can see I placed the Ice Light next to the lamp to illuminate her from one side.
Having enough light coming from above her and behind her.
I edited this set with my new found love. The Willow 2d Preset from the Willow Collection!
It gives low light images the extra pop.
I hope this little tip was useful for you.
Where do you shoot most of your Boudoir Sessions ? Are you lucky enough to have your own studio? If not, what do you bring ?
Leave your answer in the comment section below!
In this photo, I had her sit on a chair and turned her around placing her body and face towards the door/light.