V-Flats, Wind Machines, and Full length Posing

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This tutorial covers constructing a V-flat, using wind machines, and suggestions for full length lighting and posing. We are going to start off by building a 4X8 foot “V-flat”. If you accept the premise that a soft box can emulate window light; representing a window that you can position where you want it and has a repeatable color temperature, then you might be able to visualize that a “V flat” can emulate the light coming through a doorway.

Furthermore, while a “V flat” might be more difficult to position than a soft box because it is so much larger, you can more easily adjust the lighting it provides to emulate light coming in through the bottom, middle, or top of the doorway. Secondly, you can cover the front of a “V flat” with a diffuser such as Set Shop Tough Lux and change the direction of the light shining into the “V flat” so it emulates either direct or diffused light coming through the doorway.

The tutorial continues by showing how a wind machine can be added to the set to accentuate and reinforce the energy created by the lighting a photographer uses. Finally, the tutorial ends with some suggestions to improve full length posing and an illustration of how camera height, relative to the subject height, can actually change the subject of the photograph.

The information in this tutorial represents a small excerpt from Steve Sint’s upcoming book, Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, and Style. Of further interest, Steve Sint is conducting a workshop on wedding photography and portraiture at the Maine Media Workshops from July 8 - July 14, 2012. Click here for more information.

Tutorial Supplies Checklist

  • Foamcore
    Our most popular size foamcore, this B/W 1/2 thick Foamcore is great for creating V Flats. May be used as a giant gobo, this Foamcore is great when adding black to a reflection or lighting setup.

    Silvers Gaffers Tape
    Grey Gaffers Tape- 2" x 50 yd. All of our professional gaffer tape comes from Shuretape formerly known as Permacel.

    Black Gaffers Tape
    Black Gaffers Tape - Professional grade.

    White Gaffers Tape
    White Gaffers Tape- 2" x 50 yd. All of our professional gaffer tape comes from Shuretape formerly known as Permacel.

    Set Shop Tough Lux
    This is a 3 Mil. version of our ever popular Tough Lux sold in 48" width. Tough lux is a good all around diffusion. It is also the densest diffusion available in rolls. Set Shop Brand Diffusion Material Tough Lux is available in 60” wide, 4 mil thick and 48” wide, 3 mil thick, 15-foot long rolls. We also offer it at a per yard price.

    T-Pins
    Keeps fabrics in place or use a T-Pin to attach a photo to your Foamcore

    Reel FX Rental Fan
    The Reel EFx RE Fan II - Comes with an adjustable speed control for variable speeds and has a one touch blast button. This turbo bladed wind machine can go from a focused beam of wind to a wide spread beam with just a turn of the knob. Rental price is per day - A price break may apply for week based rentals.

Steve Sint

Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, and Style

Steve Sint has spent a great deal of his life walking down aisles backwards. Over a 40 year career, he has photographed over 4,000 weddings, taken over 2 million photographs, and shot over 1 million portraits for his own studio and others in the New York metropolitan area. As a commercial photographer he has photographed thousands of executives and still life subjects. His client list includes, or has included, the American Broadcasting Company, Time Inc., Hearst Publications, Yves St. Laurent, AT&T, NCR, National Semiconductor, Miller Freeman Publishing, MacGroupUS, and Hachette-Filipacchi Magazines. His photographs have appeared on the covers of over 60 national magazines including LIFE, Omni, Stereo Review, and Modern Photography.

As a columnist and contributor his words and photographs have also appeared in Studio Photography, Lens Magazine, Modern Photography, Popular Photography, View Camera Magazine, Railroad Model Craftsman, and he has authored 7 books on photography. In his most recently published book, Digital Wedding Photography: Art, Business, and Style, he shares his experience with his readers in the breezy, knowledgeable, and accessible style his writing is known for. At this point in his career he limits his assignments to 50 per year for a select New York clientele, photographs and writes about things he enjoys, and still finds time to lecture on professional photography, create and produce tutorial videos, conduct workshops on wedding, portrait, and still life photography, while still finding time to work on his model railroad.

His newest book, Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, and Style, was released in January 2013.