How do you get professional results when you're just starting out and you don't have the space or budget for those grand studios?
Nathan Elson's most recent video provides a wealth of advice on doing just that. Elson's video sets out to compare a self-portrait he shot in his studio to one he shot while working in 126 square feet with only 9 feet of head space.
Like his other tutorial videos, Elson does a great job of building the shot from light to light and showing how small changes in this tiny space can have a big effect on his final image. I love Elson's use of a black garbage bag as negative fill.
I think Elson's best advice relates to his use of a smaller deep umbrella instead of his larger 47-inch octabox. It's a smart move to use a brolly that can be flipped upside down, pushing the modifier into the ceiling, particularly when you don't have a lot of space.
I also love Elson's use of a partially collapsed umbrella as a rim light. If you're going to work in small spaces, you're going to have to be creative. As the saying goes, there's no need to reinvent the wheel, so take heed from Elson here.
Don't let the idea that you don't have some large studio space hold you back from creating.
Can you really tell which is which? Small space versus big?
All images and captures with permission of Nathan Elson.