Instagram post by @erinmichalski.photographic.art Erin Michalski

Day 15

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  • 54w ago middletonphotographs middletonphotographs

    Hi Erin, I really enjoy your work. Would you be willing to share with me how you light your subjects? They are so soft and natural.

  • 54w ago erinmichalski.photographic.art erinmichalski.photographic.art

    @middletonphotographs oh wow, thank you! I started this 365 Project so I could really experiment and practice but my one consistent rule is I always bounce or feather. I mainly use a giant octabox but never aimed at my subject. I either bounce it off the white wall behind my camera (more for women) or I do cross lighting at 90 degrees but the octa is pulled toward the camera so the light is just grazing the subject. I just love how lighting is both so simple yet so complicated and the combinations and tweaks are endless!

  • 54w ago middletonphotographs middletonphotographs

    @babycatcherphotography thank you very much for sharing. I thought maybe it was a Beauty Dish. That's not something I've used before but I'm considering purchasing. I have a rectangular softbox it's getting pretty old and I'm not great getting great soft results from it. Someone suggested I'm not getting it close enough which is interesting because I always thought the further away the more diffuse the light the softer it would be. I wasn't sure if you used more than one light as well.

  • 54w ago erinmichalski.photographic.art erinmichalski.photographic.art

    @middletonphotographs I bet you can learn to love your softbox again! Yes, closer will be softer. Try bringing it really close 90 degrees to the face like cross lighting then pull it toward the camera while maintaining the 90 degree angle, so it’s aiming about 2-3 feet in front of your subject. If you can get just the edges of the light to skim the subject it’s a game changer

  • 54w ago middletonphotographs middletonphotographs

    @babycatcherphotography I will!

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