Hello everyone, this is the first blog entry in a series called Lightweights in which I'll talk about light and studio setups.
Today we will talk about the light and props involved in creating the personal series of portraits "Cameo", which you can see here. For those of you who are not familiar with cameos, here's a link to the wikipedia page.
Before shooting these three pictures I had two main issues to solve: lights and props. Cameos are usually plain white with an even, dark background, while I wanted something more colorful - albeit desaturated - and with a richer, complex background.
As far as studio setup is concerned, I decided to hang an oval frame on a boom in front of the camera, stick some fake flowers on a backdrop with duct tape, and let the model sit down in between the frame and the backdrop. This way, using a 50mm at f/11, everything was in focus. Halfway through, the studio looked like this: