Post and photo by Rick Sammon
Hey, are you interested in studio lighting? Heres a quick tip from my new book, Digital Wedding Photography.
One easy and affordable method for honing your studio lighting skills is to practice them with a mannequin. You can find mannequins on line by doing a quick Google search.
When working with a dummy, you can place lights in different positions for different effects without your model complaining and for charging you overtime.
Here you see, clockwise from the top left, the effects of using:
– one main light;
– main light, background light set to 1/2 power and a hair light;
– main light, a background light set to full power and a hair light;
– and main light and a light behind the subject pointed at the subject.
I used Canon Speedlites and Westcott diffusers for this series of images. I fired the Speedlites with my Canon ST-E2 wireless transmitter.
When a subject shows up in your studio, you can’t waste time. Otherwise, you may look like a dummy.