Alley in Pisa, Italy

by Lars Kotthoff

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I remember seeing, on some site, a studio set up in a room filled with furniture that is not a good background for a picture. This mostly involved using clamps to hang fabric backdrops over closets and bookshelves (and pushing chairs and tables out of the way). You can solve color problems due to reflections off the walls by covering them with fabric (clamp ...


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I'm afraid "zero space" and "studio" don't go together particularly well. Without space the lights you set up will reflect back off everything, filling in the shadows you try to create to define your subject. Also it's very hard to light your background and subject separately when close together. This isn't to say you can't use your home, or get good ...


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I'd recommend to instead look for some light-weight portable lighting gear (Strobist kits being a good starting point) and scouting for visually interesting locations nearby. In a crammed space, you won't be able to get enough variability, separation and attractive perspective. And the goat will eat your cables :) If you (or your loved ones) insist on ...


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Most effective way of getting no shadows with a single light would be be with ring light around your lens. I'm assuming it's a speedlight, in which case you could add a DIY Ring Flash Kit to your light for this purpose. Or, you could turn the part of corridor behind your back into a huge ring flash by pointing flash on-axis in opposite direction of the ...


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The trick is going to be to bounce the lights off of something to try and increase the available space. Hopefully the walls are white, but if not, if you can get large, reflective white surfaces to put against the wall and then use the reflection to give you as much distance as possible to diffuse the light, then you can probably achieve what you are ...


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If you want soft lighting like the example you posted then space isn't usually a problem. Provided you don't have lots of strongly coloured objects/walls nearby. If you are in a white walled space then you can simply direct one light obliquely at the mannequin and one light at the background and you'll be pretty much there. You wont have much control, so ...


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Utilize butterfly lighting from above and mix it with ambient light. Not sure if it's possible. You didn't state in your post. Or lookup some various setups with one light. If you have anymore space try adding some ambient tungsten lighting as your fill or to add some color/dimension to your photos.


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It would have been really great if you could specify the type of lighting you were using. Would have simplified the job a little more. But assuming that your using a flash gun with a umbrella you could just shoot with it with the stand a little to the camera left or right depending on the situation. You could also the and use a reflector but it would be ...


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I recently put up a pure white roller-blind over a fairly large window at my wife's request (she didn't like the curtains we had previously - not that you wanted to know that. sorry). This turns out very nicely because the blind can go all the way to the floor, and makes a perfectly acceptable background. Of course, the blind could potentially be ...



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