The New Chordettes in the Studio, 4.5 Years Later

My own comfort and confidence behind the camera influenced their comfort and confidence in front of the camera.

My own comfort and confidence behind the camera influenced their comfort and confidence in front of the camera.

Four and one half years ago, I photographed The New Chordates in my home studio. I was somewhat new to studio lighting at the time, but the results were pretty good and even graced two CD covers.

Last month I got a do-over, and I’m pleased to see that I learned something about lighting and posing over the last few years. Of course, it never hurts to have a group of beautiful women posing for you…

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Although I struggled to separate dark hair from the dark background, overall I was very happy with this session’s lighting. I used two tools unavailable to me in 2011: the Photek Softlighter II and the Orbis Ringflash. With the SB-800-powered ring flash around the Nikon 24-70 and the SB-600-powered Softlighter II at camera-left, I added an umbrella-ed SB-600 from high camera-right as a little bit of hair light. I like the overall look (although I would have preferred a stronger, tighter hair light), and best of all, the broad soft light provided by these tools allowed me to do very little retouching to the images. So nice to have evidence of progress in my work!

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