Once again I have an opportunity to shoot with two of my favourite models but this time with a story in mind. Every mans fantasy. A naughty schoolgirl shoot but with a twist. The Headmaster in this tale is a Headmistress.
I have obtained the perfect location for the shoot and while doing my initial test shots I have decided that two soft boxes will be needed to distribute the light evenly over both the models. Initially I have them both set up on the left side of camera but the movements of the models dictated that the key lights should be on the right. Once the action of the models moved into a tighter formation I then split the lights and used one soft box as a back light
Even though I am using 2 lights I still treat it as a one light setup. I just have a larger area to cover because of the action of the two models.
In a one light setup I always set my key light to about 45 degrees to one side and then adjust accordingly, one way or the other, to either light more area or deepen the shadows. After a few more test shots I am finding that 2 lights are now exposing too much of the background and starting to make the images appear flatter.
To compensate for this I add 40 degree fabric grids to each of the soft boxes. Grids are a honeycomb fabric that attach to the front of your soft box and help control the spill of light. They come in various sizes but the most common one is the 40 degree fabric. The smaller the degree the tighter the light spill. You can see the grid on the following behind the scenes shot.
Now that I have reduced the spill light on the background and I am happy with the angle of the key lights I do a few more shots to determine the proper exposure. Initially I find that a setting of F4 at 1/180 of a second with ISO 200 is the right balance. This is a little too shallow a depth of field for what I need so I underexpose by one stop and shoot at F5.6 knowing that I can boost the exposure later in Lightroom. This gives me enough depth to have the action in focus but to let the background soften a bit. I want the eye to be drawn to the pretty models and not the items on the bookcase. As the story progresses and the action moves I make small adjustments but have now set the lighting and exposure and continue with that through out the story.
One of the perks with working with good models is that even though I have told them what the story is about their input into the tale is invaluable and helps it to develop into another awesome shoot. The outfits were their idea and are perfect for the story. Thank you ladies and thanks, once again, to Lustrator for his behind the scenes shots and his assistance in making this project a reality.