Constrained Spaces

tunnel pose shining model gives Simon Q. Walden,, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography


If you keep plonking your models in front a plain photo backdrop - just like 99% of all other photographs - how do you hope to create something different?

It is intimidating to be in a big empty space and wondering what to do with yourself. It is difficult to pose differently when there is nothing to pose against.

Once of the simplest things you can do to help your model is take them to a wall instead of leaving them standing in the open. This simple move will vastly improve your options and your photography.

This image takes the concept one stage further. I build a tunnel out of the large 8 x 4 foot polystyrene boards I use as reflectors. The model can then work within them.


When we discuss composition we often talk about core shapes, triangles, circles and lines. This is essentially a diagonal cross. Very simple, but very dramatic since it is not a common pose at all.

Of course, the picture has been vertically flipped. This stops us from just seeing the body and reinforces the compositional strength of the "X".


Lighting for the tunnel is achieved by a large softbox shining into the front of the tunnel and a bare bulb shining into the back. This gives the gentle gradation of tone down the length of the tunnel.

The reflected light within the tonal gives a complete wrap-around light with almost no discernible shadows.

tunnel pose shining model gives Simon Q. Walden,, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

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