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Hi and welcome back.

I missed yesterday’s post as I spent the day booking a ton of work and workshops for September.  I’ll have a list of what’s coming up very soon.

For today, we’ll be looking at shooting into v-flats.

V-Flats are a staple of the studio and are usually built out of 1/2 inch white foamcore or by assembling two reflectors into the shape of a V.  Then you bounce your flash into the corner of the V and let the light exit with a beautiful softness that only comes from more expensive softboxes.

V-Flats also serve in the studio as reflectors or flags when shooting normally.  You can get a bunch of different uses out of this simple system for only a few dollars.

Pick up 1/2 Foamcore or use 1″ or 1 1/2″ Polystyrene from a local home center to make your flats.  Simply put them on the floor and tape the long seam.  Don’t purchase 1/4″ or 3/16″ foamcore as it will bend easily and distort it’s shape.  1/2″ or thicker is the best choice.

Where I am located in CT, you can to go Hull’s Art Supply in New Haven to get your foamcore or the local Lowe’s or Home Depot for Polystyrene.

In NYC, go to Set Shop for all of this.

In the background shot, you can see my SB910 pointing directly into the corner of the V.  I simply placed my speedlight as close as I could get it into the intersection of the V-Flat and fired away at Manual Mode and 1/2 Power.

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In this shot, I fired my SB910 to show how the light fills the V and exits to key light your subject.  Not only does light fill the corner, it bounces off the ceiling and floor to help with exposure.

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With the light set, you stand with your back to the lightstand and shoot toward your subject, letting light wrap around you as it key lights your subject.

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Gear:

  • Manfrotto 1052 BAC Lightstand
  • Nikon SB910 with SD9 Battery Pack
  • Pocket Wizard Plus III
  • Savage Studio Gray Seamless Paper
  • Foamcore V-Flats

Exposure: 1/125 @ F/7.1, ISO 200, WB Daylight

In the final of Crysta, I posed her directly against the gray paper backdrop for a short drop shadow.  The light exited the V-Flat and lit her with a gorgeous soft and wrapping flat light.

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That’s it for now.  Till next time, keep bouncing that light.