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Black on Black

Dior. Portrait of a lady. Elegance. You wouldn’t think you could achieve these styles of shots on a small budget in minimal time, but Sue shows us how a bit of craftiness and a lot of inspiration goes a long way in this Black on Black shoot with beautiful client and mother of two, Meghan. Professional studio photographer Felix Kunze joins Sue for a lighting tutorial to teach us about working with the Kino Flo, and sticks around to learn from Sue about posing women, natural light, and DIY Dior.


Kino Flo Demo (11:03)

“What do you do what the light goes away? What do you do if you want to shoot later in the day? What do you do if your studio has no natural light, what do you do if you’re shooting in winter, what do you do if you live in a country that doesn’t have much sunlight, or it’s cloudy, or it’s stormy? What do you do if you have to shoot in a space that has no natural light?” Portrait studio photographer, Felix Kunze, joins Sue for a lighting tutorial on the Kino Flo, and answers your most asked questions about shooting natural light vs. studio light.

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Key Things to Take Away:

  • What do you do what the light goes away? What do you do if you want to shoot later in the day, what do you do if your studio has no natural light, what do you do if you’re shooting in winter, what do you do if you live in a country that doesn’t have much sun light, or it’s cloudy, or it’s stormy? What do you do if you have to shoot in a space that has no natural light?
  • Two options: 1. Constant light with Keno Flow, what it looks like when you shoot with it, how to set it up and how to use it, what the photos look like shooting with it / camera settings using it. And 2. Where to direct the light so it’s not too hot on the face and to “wrap the light around”.
  • Can use video with kino flow
  • What happens when you take v-flats away
  • Contouring light, bounce light around
  • Sue and felix experiment with kino flow light and v flats

Setup, Lighting, and Posing (18:15)

With the live-view camera, we can see exactly what Sue sees while she shoots beautiful client, Meghan. Sue walks us through various poses for this Dior inspired session, and Felix Kunze learns with us while she talks about how to shoot high contrast with natural light, shaping the body around the hourglass figure, and how how to dress up apple boxes to make them hidden and comfortable for your client to pose on.

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Shoot – Posing with Flowers (10:41)

Description: Sue places a couple of large white flowers in Meghan’s hair to create a high contrast and iconic look, and walks us through how to create simple hair styles throughout the shoot so you can keep the flow going and your client’s energy up. Sue teaches us why she always poses the from the back line and not the belly to Felix’s surprise

Shoot – Posing with Black Fabric and Black Bow (19:20)

Description: With one simple black piece of silk, Sue shows us how she creates multiple images and poses by wrapping it differently around Meghan. We learn how to pose with a strapless dress, how to create a huge Dior style bow for $6, and the various poses you can create with one piece of fabric. Finally, learn what Felix and Sue think of “hacks” – you’ll be surprised!

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12 Comments

  1. Is this the place to ask questions about the video? I am wondering if the model had black hair just like Sue? Can you tell me how to light people with black hair on a black background without using a hairlight from behind with flash?

    1. I would probably look in to doing the half-backlit,with a backdrop… black on black, so that the hair light will give some separation. The closest hair I’ve done with this particular set up was a dark brown, and I’ll go in and dodge the highlights post-process if the hair disappears too much.

  2. I wish you’d had some “just” natural light shootings. I don’t have strobes and would love to see how to make it without strobes. Thank you Sue

    1. Hi Ramona, Sue worked with natural light only for over 25 years, She definitely can show you the way. I will post a few videos here for you to study.