Taking full-length portraits in the studio needs to pay careful attention to the lighting as the studio lacks natural lights. As such, a considerable amount of light source is needed. This requirement is often met by using large soft boxes having dimension of up to 7-foot so as to cover the full length of person. This is the most convenient method. However there are other ways to achieve the same results without using a single large soft box. One other possible method is to use two 3-foot medium soft boxes.
Since the soft boxes come with its own stand, in order to illuminate the full person, you can position one soft box on top of the other. This can be achieved by adjusting the stand of the soft box. An advantage of having two soft boxes is flexibility. If some of your model are kids having height of up to 3-foot, you can use one soft box. If they are adults, then use two boxes. Your overall investment cost is lower as well, as you do not need to invest in the large and small soft boxes.
To create a good studio portrait, you need another two gadgets. They are the reflector and the silver umbrella. One possible set-up for the three gadgets is as follows.
Firstly, set up the two soft boxes (one above the other as described above) at about a 45 degree angle to the left of the model. Next, positioned the reflector to the right and in front of the model. And finally, aim the umbrella at the model from the right and slightly behind the model.
With the reflector positioned at the front of the model, it will reflect light into the shadow areas and make the lighting more even and this will reduced the contrast as well. With the umbrella aimed at the model from the right and slightly behind the model, it helps to create a beautiful rim light on the model while some of the light still reached the background, thereby creating a more dramatic result.
The above method is by no means the best method of photographing a studio portrait. It is one of the methods that are used successfully to produce satisfying result. Try it yourself and see if you like the result.
Other possible method is to position the reflector behind and to the right of the model. The reflection will produced a nice outline around the right edge of the model which helps to separate her shadowed side from the dark background. Otherwise, the model’s right side will merged with the shadow.
Another possible position of the silver umbrella is, you can aim it towards the center of the background. This will create a bright spot behind the model thereby creating a greater sense of depth. Since the umbrella can produced a fairly wide spread of light, it adds to the rim light of the model.
With the main source of light in placed (the soft boxes), by positioning the reflector and the silver umbrella at various locations, you will be able to create stunning studio photography.
As you can see, full-length portrait photography in the studio is neither expensive nor difficult. With the required basic equipment and your willingness to experience, you will be able to achieve your desire effects. For more information, please visit Freelance Photography [http://www.internetbizcenter.com/photography/index.htm].