It can be difficult to capture photos of the subject in the shower, or tasteful portraits. Not only is there limited space and poor light, but also the subject’s discomfort with showing too much skin. There are creative ways to hide parts of your body you don’t want. We’ll show you some tips and tricks to help you with shower photography in this article and video tutorial. Although the subject is a groom at his wedding, these ideas can be applied to any creative shower photography. We promise to keep it clean, as usual.
Check out the following tips for shower photography
Let’s see if that title isn’t enough to grab our attention. Our job description includes taking photos of events and being present in them. This requires us to be constantly looking for moments that can narrate the day’s events while keeping a journalistic candid nature.
The voyeur, in this instance, you the photographer, does not usually interact with the subject of your/her interest directly, and is often unaware that he/she is being observed. We simply asked our subject to do something (shower, shaving, etc.) for a scene such as this. We simply gave our subject a scene (showering, shaving, etc.) and let him do the rest as he would normally. This is what we call “assisted photography journalism”, where we act as the director and capture the moments as they happen.
Shower photography gear
- Gorilla Pod
- Mag Grid, Orange CTO gel
- Tether Tool RapidMount SX
- Phottix Mitros+ TTL Flash
- Gaffer Tape (Black).
Update – Another great tool is the Frio Cold Shoe Mount.
The Shower Photography Scene
First, we assessed the scene and light available in the SLS Hotel’s bathroom. We can replicate the overhead spotlights in the shower area with an OCF. But how do we direct our flash to the right spot?
There are two options for mounting your flash to a surface.
- Gaffer Tape is not very visually appealing, but it does a great work in protecting your flash. It is also great to have around the house at all times.
- Tether Tool: The Rapid Mount SLX uses an adhesive strip and a bungee cable to attach your flash to a flat surface.
After mounting your flash, adjust your settings to reach a flash sync speed (shutter speeds at 1/200th of an second or less). This particular image was taken with a Canon 5D Mark III using a Sigma 24-mm f/1.4 lens at 1/200th of an second, ISO 100, and a Canon 5D Mark III .
The first step in getting the flash to work is to position it correctly. Next, you will need to determine if you require a gel to match your existing light, a grid to pinpoint the light and prevent light spillage, and what power setting you should use to get the best light for your subject.
The Shaving Scene (Similar Lighting).
These scenes were shot at a flash power of 1/32nd to 1/64th. Keep in mind that flashes are used to illuminate the subject because our exposure is darker. To clearly show the subject in mirror reflection, we placed the flash on the shadowed face.
Journalistic photography is based on candid imagery and capturing moments as they occur. This is what we strive to do as wedding photographers. Being a photographer is to be an observer and to look for moments that tell the story of the day.
An off-camera flash can be used to lighten a subject in dark scenes or fill in any shadows. Although this is not a popular image, it can make you stand out from the rest.