Down in the Dungeon

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Looking down upon the figure gives the viewer a sense of power over a vulnerable figure.

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Lighting Diagram

A fairly stark lighting is required here, with the main light being the narrow softbox. The snoot behind provides seperation and a hair light.

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And if we change the pose, the figure becomes powerful, but also the whole nature of the set changes.

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And here of course is a somewhere in-between the two.

Sets like this can provide an enourmous variation in style in one simple setup and shoot. While I always recommend you pre-visualise before you start shooting, be imaginative and have a couple of different themes/styles to aim for. Don't be afraid to go with the flow either if your model or your setup is taking you somewhere keep going - you can always come back to your structured ideas afterwards.

Model: Rebecca Mitchell

 
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