How to create a white background in a small space with just one light

Jan 14, 2019

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How to create a white background in a small space with just one light

Jan 14, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Shooting in small spaces can be challenging. In this helpful video, Jeff Rojas will show you how to create a white background and even lighting for your portraits with a single strobe. The setup isn’t only simple, but it can come in handy if your shooting space is limited.

For his setup, Jeff uses a Profoto D2 modified by a large Westcott Zeppelin 47″ softbox. He adds a 1-stop inner diffusion panel and a 1-stop outer diffusion panel to create a large, soft light source. The light source is placed behind Jeff and he adds two white V-flats to modify it further and create flattering, even light on his subject.

In the video description, Jeff gives a very detailed description of the setup, so you get the idea where the light and V-flats are placed in relation to the subject and the background:

  • Subject Height – 6’0″
  • Distance of Main Light to Subject’s Eyes – 54″
  • Distance of Light Above Subject’s Eyes (Center) – 16”
  • Distance of Main Light Offset from Subject – 24”
  • Distance of Subject from Background – 30″
  • Distance of V-Flats from Side of Subject – 24”

If you’re shooting in a small space, I believe you’ll find this setup useful. Furthermore, you can make your own V-flats and make them foldable, so they take up very little space when they’re not in use. Make sure to watch the video to see what the setup looks like, and this is one of the resulting images:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsCCe2ulRbo/

[How to Create a White Background with One Light | Jeff Rojas]

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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