On Valentines Day: Shooting “I Heart Portraits”

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Mary and I have fond memories of using early Bowens, then called Bogen, monolights. They were the first  good lighting system we owned when setting up our studio in 1982 We loved shooting with those big, black paint can-shaped 800B monolights because they were inexpensive, dependable and powerful and from what I can tell from my experience of their two-light Gemini 400Rx kit that continues to be the case.

Bowens’ Gemini Rx monolight family includes two models—200Rx and 400Rx—both of which have built-in radio control. The 200Rx has 200 Ws output while the 400Rx models I tested deliver 400 Ws. Weighing it at under six pounds, the Gemini Rx monolights are lightweight and include a built-in radio receiver mounted atop the monolight’s housing that’s controlled (off-slave-radio) via a soft touch push button. The Pulsar system lets you control up to 24 different zones, with different four channels and six studio settings, enabling shooters to isolate light sources or combine to fire them at once, without leaving camera position.

Model Pamela Simpson looks great in red and when photo-graphed against a Savage Photo Gray seam-less back-ground she really pops out. The lighting couldn’t be simpler:

This one-light set-up used an inexpensive 60-inch, 16-rib white parabolic umbrella mounted in shoot-through mode to a Gemini 400Rx as the main light and placed at camera right. A 32-inch 5-in-1 collapsible Disc reflector is at camera left to serve as fill.

Camera used was a Canon EOS 60D with EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens (at 38mm) with  an exposure of 1/125 sec at f/8 and ISO 100. The backdrop is attached to a JTL background support.






You can see more of Pamela Simpson  in my book Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography that’s full of tips, tools and techniques for glamour and boudoir photography. New (non-Prime) copies available from Amazon for $18.84 (plus shipping) and used copies selling for less than $13—a pretty good deal.