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Probably this is not a new method for those without a studio, but I would like to share with you who are in the same boat as me.

I am beginner and I don't have any reflectors, studio lights, lightboxes I don't even have an external flash. But I wanted to try isolated shots, which require lots of light, from 2 sides at least.

Because I'm the thinking one, I came up with the idea to not use a single light instead put everything in shadow on large white paper(A1-A0 size), this way the harsh shadows disappear and the "light" is diffused. Of course I can shoot only objects and I need to use slow shutter speeds, but it's working.

So if you would like to shoot isolated ones, without any lights, try this one.

I hope this is helpful for the newbies like me. But if you know better solutions that are almost free of cost I would like to hear and learn it.

Photo credits: Arvacsaba.

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August 26, 2011


Congrats! Thanks for sharing your idea!

August 23, 2011


thanks for sharing and good luck with the sales!

August 09, 2011


Great photos! Well done!

August 09, 2011


Thank you very much for sharing useful information. Here in Germany nearly often cloudy, so there's your "studio" by nature.

August 09, 2011


thanks for the tip

August 09, 2011


Great images

August 09, 2011


Arvacsaba, I also have used this technique! I just use a large white poster board and go outside. Then I lighten it up if I need to in Lightroom or Photoshop. I don't have a studio either and this method works for me, most of the time. Good luck!

August 09, 2011


The subject or object is on white but are you providing a clipping path? If not the shots would be of limited use. An art director would have to silhouette the photo all over again if he wanted to place it on a different background.

August 09, 2011


That is a useful method. I tried putting objects on blend and lighting the blend from bellow, but this causes lower parts of object to be over exposed.

For shooting people I use two speed lights, one on the wall to make it pure white and second soften by an umbrella on the subject. This method works well for isolated portraits and 3/4 portraits, only downturn is that you have to cut legs.

Here is an example of photo done this way.
 Blond Business Woman   

August 09, 2011


Is there any chance that you could elaborate a little more? Perhaps post a photo of your setup? Thanks for the post, by the way!

August 09, 2011


I use the exact same technique for my isolated shots. I prefer to shoot outdoor and use a very large white board. If you do it on a white cloudy day you have the best studio light there is. Direct sunlight is not the best and I use the shade then. Nothing beats real sunlight and outdoor you can use fast shutter speeds. I shot persons and objects with this and if you have a big white paper or board you really DON'T need a studio. Very good that you are sharing this and your photo's look great! :) Some of my 'studio' shots to show that this technique works:

August 09, 2011


thanks for the tip. I will try it!

August 09, 2011


Thanks for sharing!

August 08, 2011


nice idea

August 08, 2011


Beautiful images.

August 08, 2011


Great images, they look very nice.

August 08, 2011


Hello, you're really clever, I did not think that this technique could create images of good, really good! Congratulations!

August 08, 2011


Well done. I've always had difficulty with isolations. Thanks for sharing.

August 08, 2011


Very nicely done. I was going to do studio shots in the far future. Thanks for the tips :)

August 08, 2011


yes it is working for you.great photos

August 08, 2011


Wow! nice short with good lighting, well done.

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