Less can definitely be more when you're trying to create mood in glamour photography. I think you'd be surprised what sort of results can be achieved with compact lights and a little know-how.
Westcott is back once again with another insightful video with Commercial Beauty Photographer Lou Freeman. The guest feature begins with Freeman explaining how she likes to paint her scenario with little pools of light when trying to achieve a moody look in her work. A minimalistic approach in this case really works well as Ice Lights and barn doors are used to great effect. Personally, I like to light this way myself as the alternative is trying to flag off big lights to achieve something similar. This can be especially tricky when working in the tight space of a house for example.
Once Freeman has everything in place we see how careful positioning of these zones of light really does help draw the eye to the areas she wants the viewer to see most. As an added bonus the video goes into great detail on how to best pose a subject and how to put the model at ease. Little tips about making sure the neck area and hands are relaxed really is an important lesson to learn as all too often they are areas a photographer can miss in all the excitement of a shoot.
If you have five minutes to spare and have an interest in shooting glamour photography, then who better to hear from than a veteran of the Playboy magazine. Freeman helped transform the genre and launched the evolution of boudoir elegance that we see today.