Every since I first blogged this set-up 2+ years ago, I’ve been answering tons of Q’s about how I created this look.
You’ve asked consistently for a “simple go-to lighting scenario” and “what are those background reflectors you use?” – so I went ahead and made this tutorial for you.
Photographers who’ve attended my live workshop in NYC have seen this set up in action, and I’ve become known for it. (So much so that when Annie Leibovitz shot Caitlyn Jenner for Vanity Fair, I received several messages joking that she stole my look!)
But this look is easy and hardly revolutionary. I wasn’t the first and I won’t be the last. In fact, you can use it on your next shoot.
Here’s why I love it:
√ I use this set up for everything from boudoir and nudes to personal branding and head shots.
√ It’s awesome to use when doing mini-sessions and marathons because it gives me confidence when I’m hustling to create variety within a single session.
√ No matter how cluttered a location is, this set-up provides a cool clean backdrop in a pinch.
√ And the lighting is universally flattering.
Take a peek at how I use it for boudoir…
And for nudes…
Silver Reflector Boards Lighting Diagram
Tips on using
Walk around and try different angles to either incorporate reflections or totally eliminate them.
Have your model stand close to the reflector for sharper reflection, and ask her to step away from the reflectors for more blur.
Open and close the reflectors for different looks, move it around the studio and have some fun!
What to get
It’s called Bead Board 4′ x 8′ x 1″ or foam core reflector boards.
It comes in glossy, matte, and semi-matte. I got the semi-matte.
It comes in varying thickness. Get the thicker boards because you’ll need the sturdiness. It’s more money, but worth it.
Where to buy
I got mine at Set Shop in NYC. They deliver. But you can get them at most photo supply stores.
How to make
Lay the boards on the floor, silver side down, and tape the backs together with thick gaffer tape along the spine from top to bottom.
Reflectors á la Meola.
Hope it’s helpful when you want a simple gorgeous lighting set up that clients will love.
ps. Try it out, and please share your pics with me on social media. I’d love to see your success! If you have any Q’s, ask them via Instagram or by tweeting me @christameola.