I have been asked several times on how I created my Bathtub Photo. So today I will explain to you step by step on how I achieved this image. You do not need fancy gear to create great images. The most important thing is that you understand light and know how your camera works. I had very little space to work with and knew beforehand what tools I needed. As this was my first ever Photoshoot and I was very new to portraits I unfortunately made some mistakes during this process. Which is a good thing then you can learn from your mistakes.
First we start with the equipment which was used:
- Canon 6D
- Canon 24-105mm f/4
- Lencarta Smartflash 2 Studio Light
- Lencarta Receiver + Trigger
- Studio light stand
- Studio boom stand
- 3 white A1 reflectors
- Shower cap
- Ear plugs
- Roll of tracing paper
- Water based white paint
As you can see I did not used much equipment. And in a few simple steps you can as well.
While the Model was getting ready I prepared the bathtub. I filled it half with warm water to comfort the model and then added the water based white paint. I don’t really remember how much I used but use only so much that you can not see through the water. So that all is white.
Then I placed the roll of tracing paper on my Boom Stand. So that it gave me a modifier of a large size. (1m wide x 2m long) Behind it I placed my Lencarta Smartflash 2 with a bare bulb. Everything I placed at the short side of my bathtub so that the light would fall on the models head. And the reflectors I placed to the left, right and in front of the model.
Once I had everything set up I did some test shots to define the power of my flash. The camera settings were:
- ISO: 100
- Aperture: f/7.1
- Shutter Speed: 1/100s
After the test shots I had a clean white surface which was not blown out.
Then I brought my Model in. We put the shower cap on and used the ear plugs. And she went in to the water. then I communicated to her what I needed and what to do. And then we startet shooting.
Now to the problems I faced during the shoot.
First the communication was really hard once the Model is in the water. Normally you talk to your Model while you shoot but that was impossible. I had to show and mimic of what I needed.
Second and last was, as I used water based white paint it dried very fast. Almost to the end of the shoot the Model looked like she painted and redecorated. Which ment I had a lot to do in post processing.
Thank you very much for reading and I hope it was helpful.