Light's Beautiful Curves…Using light and shadows to create glamour.
Light of course does not bend nor curve. But the use of light and shadow to create the perception of a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional canvas, photographic paper or drawing paper is almost as old as cave paintings. Ok! Don't hate me art history students...not really that old. But it is the very use of this light and shadow technique that takes paintings out of the cave and elevates them above kindergarten drawings.
I created this glamour image using two 1x4 Profoto soft boxes with a grid to create the rim light on each side. A third light placed above the camera, but with a beauty dish created a hint of fill. I further reduced this light's value in post production to increase the drama and heighten the photo's glamour.
In my next image I only use a single strobe and without a light modifier. I chose it and the model's placement to compliment the shadows that will be created by the banister and the curving steps, wall, and ceiling. What was challenging is visualizing where the shadows would fall relative to the model. Since this shot is taken in November in Budapest inside an unheated stairway, I did not wish to have my model in position for too long. So once I had the 80% solution I had her dash out from the apartment some feet away, put her into place, made a final test shot and made this capture along with several others.
Creation of these images are made possible through the use of off-camera lighting and could not be made using natural or available light. It is explainable why so few photographers use this capability when you consider the expense of the equipment and knowledge of the techniques.
Although fabulous and beautiful images will be created every day using available light, one can not achieve the results that we create without use of off-camera lighting.
Have a look at the fashion-inspired glamour and boudoir work in our portfolio. See the difference that we bring to a project when connecting you to your glamour
CPT. Richard von Trapp of Von Trapp Photography is a Texas glamour photographer who loves traveling the world capturing it's glamour. Contact me today and let me excite you with how I can connect you to your glamour.