Tilly, wearing lingerie, looking in the mirror

Tilly, wearing lingerie, looking in the mirror
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Etna April 25, 2015
nice shot
eddie2 May 15, 2015
thank you
morg PRO
morg May 15, 2015
Beautiful shot of a beautiful gal!!
eddie2 May 15, 2015
thank you
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Vince542 January 27, 2016
Wow!!!! what a shot and what a body!!!! superb composition
eddie2 January 27, 2016
Thank you

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Behind The Lens

In my studio, in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, Ireland
Afternoon, two hours into a four hour shoot.
As the model and her reflection were both visible, I had to light her from back and front, while avoiding overexposing any part of her. The white walls of the studio were a big advantage here, as the acted as reflectors, reducing the complexity of the set up.
I used a Nikon D300, with a 24-70 mm lens @ 70 mm. Settings were F8, 1/200 sec and ISO 200. I used two Elinchrom BX 500 Ri, one to camera right and one lighting her hair, from camera left.
I just thought that it was a different way of capturing the model.
I had to remove some blemishes from the model's skin and to soften it also. The mirror was unsteady, so it had to be supported during the shoot, the stand and weights I used were visible at the base of the mirror and to the side, they had to be removed. Some cables had to be removed also.
In my camera bag
Depends on what I'm doing. As standard, I have two cameras, one with a 24-70 mm lens and one with a 70-300 mm lens. I also carry a 50 mm and an 85 mm lens with me, all Nikons. At a minimum I will have a Nikon SB800 speedlight, sometime two. I carry a variable neutral density and a polarizing filter at all times. My bag will also have at least two spare batteries, usually four, four spare cards, cleaning equipment, tripod quick release plates and lens hoods. Everything else will depend on the shoot, where it is and what genre it is.
The background is very important for this, the less clutter the better. I made sure to have a clean white wall, so that nothing took from the model. The lighting was as simple as I could make it. Too many lights and the danger is that parts of the image will be over lit, from overlap. I used the walls as reflectors to soften the shadows but if they are too dark or the wrong colour, reflectors should be introduced on the shadow side. The biggest problem is laying out your equipment so that it does not get in the mirror, while still lighting the model correctly and having a suitable position to take the shot from, while not reflecting in the mirror. Positioning the mirror and planning the places for everything takes time and shouldn't be rushed.

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