50’s Style Portrait behind the curtain

Lighting set up for 50's style portrait

As you can see above we had a 3 light set up for this portrait with an octabox set up pretty close to them camera left and about 3-4 feet away, a shoot through umbrella up and about 8-9 feet from the subjects off camera right, and a strip light up high and behind them to just kiss them with some soft light from behind. I set my ISO to 560 so that I could have a smaller Aperture and not use up tons of battery power. The exposure was shutter 1/60th at F/6.3 just to make sure that they were both in focus. I changed the color of the yellow paper back drop in Photoshop because I wanted the beige clothes and chair to be matched by the background a little more closely to make it all the more plain and uniform looking visually. This took quite a long time to set up and plan getting just the right clothes ect… But I think it was worth it, I love this portrait! My favorite little details are the paper and coffee on the side table and the heart-shaped Danish on the platter with a doily and everything!

50's style portrait finished

About Seth Jacobson Photography

Portrait, Wedding photographer. Living in Rhode Island. A bit Obsessive about photography!!!

Posted on March 12, 2012, in behind the curtain, educational, photo tips, portrait photography and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Great tips on lighting. I’m glad you gave exact settings. I do more outdoor shooting, but this will still help.
    Thanks,
    Brian

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