How I obtained the picture: Reflections

We not too long ago had some enjoyable within the studio. I had this concept about utilizing silver Mylar emergency blankets hung up across the studio to mirror coloured lights to create some very cool inventive portraits. Add in a VERY cool costume and a few artful hair and make-up, and we had a wonderful afternoon.

Mini Light in the studio
Mini Gentle within the studio

The setup

I ordered a six-pack of silver Mylar emergency blankets. We hung a few of them from a backdrop stand and laid the remaining on the ground. I had blended feeling concerning the creases within the mylar. Whereas these did bounce the reflections round, the creases had been additionally a tad annoying. I feel subsequent time, I as an alternative of making an attempt to flatten them out, I’d maybe scrunch them up and make them creased.

Gear used

We then positioned two Neewer LED light panels with a blue and cyan gel on them, in addition to two Lume Cube Mini lights set to Blue. We positioned the lights across the studio. Two Lume Dice Mini Tubes on the ground and two Neewer LED panels shining down created a myriad reflections on the silver mylar.

I used my Sony A7RIII and Tamron 28-75mm lens, because the lights had been fixed versus my common studio strobes it was somewhat difficult. My settings had been ISO 640, f/3.5, 1/250 seconds at 28mm. It was additionally difficult to get sufficient gentle on the topic’s face. I used to be searching for extra of a lightweight shimmering impact with plenty of sparkly reflections reasonably than an everyday portrait shot.

Edit in Photoshop


Enhancing my photographs from this collection in Photoshop, including somewhat inventive blur with Neural Filter — Depth Blur, including some lighting results and completed off with some Nik Coloration Effex. Aside from a primary cleanup and crop I needed to let the reflections and coloration shine via. Some had been somewhat brighter within the face by transferring the Lume Dice Mini Tubes nearer to the face.

Light the face by bringing lights closer
Gentle the face by bringing lights nearer

Last photographs

Just some of the ultimate photographs from this collection. I’m certain there are issues that might have been improved, however on the entire, we had been fairly proud of the outcomes. Utilizing fixed gentle versus studio strobes meant we may actually play with colours and bouncing the reflections.

Mannequin — Andrea Gardiner, HMUA — Em Mrietta, Designer — The Obtainery

Learn extra concerning the Lume Dice Tube Gentle Minis right here.