Specialist Technique and Process 3 – Test Shoot 7


The aim of this shoot is to test studio lighting techniques in order to discover the style of lighting I want to photograph my project with. I will be examining the lighting style of portrait photographer Joel Grimes.

Using a large modifier as my light source (Octobox) I will be experimenting with the distance the modifier is from the model in order to evaluate the affect. I will be adding in reflectors also.

I am hoping that this experiment will also give me a greater understanding of softer lighting in comparison to harsher lighting upon the model in order to determine which lighting affects I want to use throughout my project.


Cannon 650D DSLR
50mm or 24mm lens
Studio Cove


  1. shoot with octobox on top of camera – with and without reflector to evaluate effect
  2. shoot with octobox 6 inch above camera – with and without reflector to evaluate effect (this should add shadows under eyes, nose, lips and chin)
  3. should be able to determine that because I’m using a larger modifier that the light is more flattering as the light is softer. Will also have a soft coloured background as light trail is soft.
  4. ask model to act naturally to capture more realistic poses

(inspired/ researched by https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHw0OyT8Nv0 )

I met the aims of my shoot. I photographed using the Octobox close to the camera lens and 6 inch above the camera lens with the use of reflectors to test the results. Looking over the images I prefer how the Octobox lights the subject when it is closer to the camera than risen above. It allows the model to be lit fully as well as adding soft shadows under her eyes, nose, lips and chin. However when lit above i have found that the light hitting the subject is darker. Overall for my project I believe if I use an Octobox to photograph my subject matter it will allow me to portray my issues as the light will highlight the key importance of the images.


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Olivia Bates

My aim is to delve in to the alliance between fashion and people so I can explore the link between the subjects in order to communicate my image I have the ability to approach any difficult situation and solve any problems to find resolutions in order to work efficiently. I can manage situations, communicate honestly and have a trustworthy manner as I am expressive and take no nonsense which allows me to get the job done. Please contact me at; livbates93@gmail.com and visit my website; www.oliviabatesphotography.foliohd.com

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