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.

Take care!

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