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The Enthusiast's Guide to DIY Photography by Mike Hagen

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50. PVC CLAMSHELL LIGHTING STUDIO

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CLAMSHELL LIGHTING IS one of the go-to lighting styles for portrait photographers. It’s dynamic, bold, and beautiful. Clamshell lighting fills in shadows above and below the subject. I love clamshell lighting and have been using this technique for years.

Most clamshell lighting setups involve two umbrellas or two softboxes; one positioned above the subject and the other positioned below the subject. This project uses a PVC frame covered with a white translucent material. The light comes from two speedlights, but you can use any light source for a similar effect.

Parts List (Figure 50.1)

  • 3/4″ PVC pipe
  • 3/4″ PVC ...

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