Our studio is equipped with an Interfit Wall Mounting Kit for rolls of backdrop paper. Currently, we use a 107" wide gray and a white seamless background paper from Savage which is an industry recognized, high-quality, fine-tooth paper that can be used for a multitude of photographic purposes. In order to avoid clutter and potential accidents in the studio, we have installed a Delta Telescope/Scissor Light Mover System. This ceiling-mounted rail system gets the lights up where they belong--out of the way and ready for use. The chrome/steel 8-ball-bearing easy-glide trolley wheels make it possible to move the lighting set-ups quickly and easily for creative arrangements.
A beauty dish and a golden reflector is used to bounce the light back to the face. As an alternative, a softbox can be added as shown here. This traditional clamshell setup, or variation of it, creates the typical beauty shot look. The close softbox creates a nice mixture of light and shadow with lots of drama.
In this typical setup the model is close to the light source and the entire body is facing the light. When shot with a wide-open
aperture the entire image is not in focus, but only the eye closest to the camera--the rest is in soft focus.
Shadows are bad! No, not really. Soft shadows can add depth and create a mood. Sometimes, if there is no shadow the
model seems to float in front of the background.
Our 10 foot ceiling and the 107" wide seamless background allows for an active shoot of one or more persons avoiding any distracting from background objects. Lights form several angels allows us to eliminate any shadows.
As we are taking pictures in a relaxed environment without time pressure we can create studio pictures with small kids, pets and pretty much everyone who wants to create a special memory for themselves or others.