Bathtubs, Showers and Bathrooms Part 1
While I like to mix ambient with artificial light, sometimes natural light is best!
I often see many bathroom photos that involve nude photography, most are cliché type shots. I even know one Playboy photographer that just can’t stand them, he feels they’re over done—and I’ll have to agree to some extent, hence, when I shoot bathroom, tub or shower shots, I try to look for something that isn’t cliché. I look for something unique, more editorial.
But before I begin to capture any type of bathroom photo, I take safety into consideration, because most of the time these type of nude photographs involve water, and since I love to mix artificial light with ambient light in this type of photography, obviously I’m using electrical driven power packs. When I can, I opt for battery powered units first, like my Hensel Porty Premium, though on multiple light setups, I opt for my Hensel Integra Pro Plus 500 monolights, most of the time with the Hensel 22-inche, white, beauty dish.
Camera: Canon 5D, Lens: Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR ZL Di LD Aspherical (IF) for CanonLens, Shutter speed: 1/100, Aperture: F/2.8, ISO: 400, White Balance: 6000K, Lighting: Natural Window Light. Post Production: Nik Software, Bleach Bypass Filter
Whether I’m plugged into an electrical circuit or my packs are battery driven, we’re still working with electricity and it’s the voltage from the capacitors that drive thousands of volts through the flash tubes, so safety is imperative to both forms of artificial light. Even with on camera speelights, a nasty shock is possible if exposed to water, so don’t be fooled that it’s safer to use battery driven flash units—it’s all electrical and electricity and water do not mix.
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