Until Dawn





Winner in Boudoir, Natural Lighting, LowKey in the same pict Photo Challenge
Peer Award
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Behind The Lens

The photo was taken in a hotel room in Birmingham, UK, with a professional model.
It was early afternoon, late September.
We'd been shooting for a couple of hours already, using a mixture of the natural light coming through the sole, north-facing window and an off-camera flash with a portable umbrella/softbox. Noticing the way the natural light was reflecting off the striped bed linen, and not wanting to lose the effect when the flash fired, I decided to shoot some low-key shots using the window light as the primary source.
Sony A7 Mark II, Zeiss 55mm lens, handheld.
Heather is a fantastic model, capable of putting a lot of emotion into her poses. Shooting boudoir and making it look genuine rather than 'forced' or tacky is easier when you have a talented model who can act the part as well as look great.
Vignette to add to the mood and bring focus to the model. The crop is about 80% of the full frame, with the near sides and foot of the bed removed. Leaving these in would have meant the model's head was in the 'wrong' place and the ratio of bed surface to subject would have been too high. There's also some split toning to subtly alter the highlight and shadow colors. All done in Lightroom.
In my camera bag
Mostly Sony kit. The A7 Mark II, and A68 or RX100 Mark IV depending on how light I want to travel. Prime and zoom lenses from 16mm to 450mm (equivalent) - Sony, Minolta and Tamron. Godox strobes. And a blower brush I've had for more than 30 years!
Use a professional model who is comfortable posing in this way. And make sure she is comfortable by behaving professionally at all times. If you don't, it will show in the photos, and you could, and should, end up in a lot of trouble. Unfortunately, stories of so-called-photographers behaving inappropriately in one-on-one situations with models are far too common. It's not a date. When shooting boudoir, what you don't show is at least as important as what you do. Leave something to the viewer's imagination, and retain a sense of mystery - your images will be the better for it.

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