I’ve been spending a lot of time recently looking at our kitchen, I’m sure we can fix what’s there rather than spend a fortune on a new one, I stand there, just looking at it and working out in my head what might happen.

Recently I acquired the complete stock of a working photographic studio in Eastbourne, a LWB van-full which left me with both opportunities and problems; I’m a sucker for a bargain! And, subsequently sat looking at the void, I realised that my Exeter photography studio would in fact work shooting both across and along the rectangular space. Part of the stock was a rainbow full of background papers and I needed some way of introducing these to the studio space; shooting two ways doubled the number of papers that I could hang.

So last week I cleared out and re-worked the space and over the weekend we tested it. On Saturday Karin sat for me and I tested a couple of the new lighting modifiers that I’d acquired as well as getting a feel of the background paper. I’m a fan of beauty dishes and Karin has the structure to suit this contrasty lighting. My go-to light is a small beauty dish with a complex diffuser but the new, larger dish casts a subtly different light. And for a much softer light the large Octobank 140 will be very useful both for individuals and group-shots.

With all three of the headshot tests shown here I deliberately used just a single light aided by one or two reflector panels. I love building the lights up and using multi light setups but these were about testing single modifiers

Sunday saw a re-purposing of the space for some footwear product photography you can read about that here.

As ever this is work in progress but it is also about trying to not slip into a comfort space.

Testing a Photography Studio

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