So this past week has been pretty fun. I had the opportunity to work with a client who is in real-estate, and so of course, I recommended doing an outdoor shot to her.
Unfortunately it was a bit windy and her hair was easily blown, so I told her I'd try to fake an outdoor shot inside. All she really needed was some greenery and color in the background so it would look like the photo was taken outside to match other images on her company website. I had never done it before but anything is possible, right?
So what did I do?
- I positioned our fake plant right in front of the window. A few years ago, I had bought a fake tree to use for headshots, and it came in super handy for this shoot.
- I raised two soft boxes high above her head to simulate light coming down from the sky.
- I aimed a strobe towards the ceiling and bounced an extremely bright light coming down from above to simulate daylight.
- I asked Heidi to hold a reflector below her face to cast some light up so it looks similar to when we shoot outside and use a reflector.
- Instead of shooting with the normal 85mm f/1.4 that I use for indoor shoots, I used my outdoor lens, the 70-200mm f/2.8. It allowed me to compress the background to hide the fact that the studio was right behind her. It also blurred the background in a similar style to my outdoor shots.
Check it out below!
In the future, I'd probably blast more light, and maybe cast some different colors around since the color balance on her face is too even for an outdoor shot.