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Join me every month while I dive into sessions, show examples of my work in more detail and give advice to other aspiring boudoir photographers on my blog.  What can you hope to achieve reading this blog? 

An inside look into creative sessions

Each month I try to experiment with at least one session, these are discounted sessions for clients who are happy to share images and if you'd like to be considered for a creative session please do subscribe for updates. These creative sessions usually create amazingly different photographs unlike most boudoir photographers in the UK and I am always striving for a uniqueness that aligns with my clients personality and individuality. 

More in-depth full sessions 

I also show more in-depth shoots from parties, cake smashes and engagements among other on location and studio portrait sessions for those wishing to see a more in depth look at how their shoots may look and what I can achieve. 

Studio Boundaries

The blog is also where you may wish to read my studio boundaries for Boudoir sessions, these boundaries differ from studio to studio and I want to be upfront about these before you enquire incase you are looking to create images with a partner or video footage etc. 

Some tips and tricks I've picked up 

I love everything about photography, I definitely identify as a bit of a photography nerd! As I buy new kit and experiment I hope to pass on some of the lessons I learn to other photography nerds! 

Spotlight On: Lighting Modifiers 1 (Snoot)

Updated: May 9, 2023

Through a series of creative shoots I test new ideas and concepts before I decide if it's a shot I would want to create commercially or for a client. January's big test was using a snoot to create a spotlight in a totally blacked out room. I wanted to test both a single light scenario and creative professional look in a potential nightclub or evening event setting.


I also considered if this might be a good add on for a luxury boudoir setting or even portfolio images for night time workers such as showgirls, cabaret singers or burlesque dancer


In this blog I'm going to be reviewing the use of a snoot on a studio flash to create drama in night time shots, handling and positioning for hard light and diffusing a spotlight for softer focused light.


Let's start with a few samples from the shoot using different lighting techniques including flags, diffusers and a snoot


Don't fancy reading my rambles? Skip to the part you want here:




 

Equipment List To Recreate These Shots


- FUJI X-T4

- 18-50MM 2.8

- Godox DP600 III Professional Studio Flash

- Cheap snoot with a Bowens mount (£17.99)

- Tripod stand with clip attachment

- Circular pop up diffuser

- Flags (which I made from black card)


Props:

- Amazon sequin curtains (I bought two for a client and loved them so bought more for the studio in different colours!)

- Very large fur throw

- A fabric ottoman that provides a range of poses


Post production stuff

- Lightroom

- Photoshop

- A small number of light overlays


 


Studio light snoot attachment review:

I was using a modelling lamp because as mentioned- it was pitch black. This meant the tiny plastic diffusion disk got hot and melted in about 5 minutes. The snoot itself was like fire in 10 minutes, carefully when removing---- or don't use a modelling lamp but, who does that?!


The directional light is good but if you want a crisp edge to your circle, you need another device or a flag as an add on.


I have to use the modifier with a coloured gel and in a lit room to give a more well rounded review but for the sake of the look I was aiming for in these shots if you want to recreate I would either do them at night or in a blacked out room/studio.

 


Spotlight effect with a diffuser:

I am a little obsessed with the light + a diffuser right next to the face, the spread of light is a lot more flattering without the fallout to the background.


I used a tripod with a clip attachment and asked my model to smile with her face towards the light.


A beautiful blonde holding roses
Snoot with a freestanding diffuser

 

Spotlight with flags

I used a set of homemade flags to further reduce the light into beams to frame different areas of the model which again created a lovely dramatic and theatrical effect that would work well for burlesque models or for luxury boudoir shoots.


With a two or three light set up I'd normally put a spotlight slightly above the models face and a bounce underneath but in these shots the spotlight was almost level so I could try to avoid any ugly nose shadows under the nose.


No fancy equipment for flags, I used a clipboard and a few pieces of card I had laying around on clips


A woman touches her shoulder
Spotlight lighting with flags

 

Spotlight effect, direct light


Wow, isn't it dramatic! I love that the light is concentrated on the model but the fall of on the sequin curtains give a gorgeous rich bokeh glow while the focus stays on the model.


Again careful placement is needed for your model not to be shrouded in darkness.


Softer light spotlight on a blonde model with pink lips

 

In summation


I can't wait to use this lighting modifier in so many ways! I hope this inspired you to get creative too.


Cat Brant Photography

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