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Portraits: High Light - Low Ceiling by Gavin Hoey

11/04/2021 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

One of the most limiting factors of working in a home portrait studio is the height of the ceiling. It can make it challenging to get a light up as high as you’d like and make it virtually impossible to fly a softbox above your model.

Luckily photographer Gavin Hoey has got years of experience working in a small home studio and shares three top ways to fit a model under a softbox and keep the whole set-up below an 8 foot (2.4 meters) high ceiling.

Starting by sitting his model on a low seat for beauty lighting, Gavin switches to a shallow softbox and a smaller Flashpoint XPLOR300 flash for a half-length shot. For an evenly lit, full-length portrait Gavin’s trick is to maximize the distance between this large Glow strip box and model the only way he can!

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About Gavin Hoey:

Gavin Hoey, an AdoramaTV veteran, is a seasoned photographer, a master of Photoshop, Olympus ambassador and trainer of all things photographic.Let's Get Connected:

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