Created by: Greg Silsby
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Clam Shell Lighting

What is exciting or interesting to you about your photo(s)? Soft characteristics of the light, in keeping with the goal. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Clam shell lighting is a pretty stinkin' simple technique that can provide great results. Don't be afraid to experiment with ratios of direct to reflected light, or the angle of each. Bending the reflector, to bounce light off a concave surface, can add a measure of control for added creativity. Add a hair light, or a splash of light on the backdrop as desired.

You Can Make This

Greg Silsby made Clam Shell Lighting with:

  • Small (24" square) softbox on a Nikon SB700 speedlight above the subject
  • and the white side of a 5-in-1 reflector below the face. Feathered the light across the head
  • face and hands

Project Description

What is exciting or interesting to you about your photo(s)? Soft characteristics of the light, in keeping with the goal. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Clam shell lighting is a pretty stinkin' simple technique that can provide great results. Don't be afraid to experiment with ratios of direct to reflected light, or the angle of each. Bending the reflector, to bounce light off a concave surface, can add a measure of control for added creativity. Add a hair light, or a splash of light on the backdrop as desired.

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