Trying to replicate the lighting techniques and tonal values of film used by the famous Hollywood studio photographers of years gone by, will take a lot of practice and time. The stars and starlets are flawless. Yesterday, I shot with a model, Kimber, who was willing to spend some time with me in my meager attempt.
I’m sure if I had the funds to hire a retoucher, I could come closer to the beautiful skin tones. My lighting setup is no where near what Hollywood photographers had at their disposal. I used 1 small Lowell Omni, an Impact hot light and a small soft box for the images of Kimber on my loveseat. (Since I was planning of converting the images to B&W I wasn’t as concerned with the different temperatures).
Then we moved into my studio and Kim did another wardrobe change with the use of 1 hot light and a bounce card. It’s a tad overexposed but I love the subtle, soft, contemplative mood.
Having fun and doing what I love. Life is good.