Lighting door slabs in a studio?

Started Feb 15, 2013 | Questions thread
OP kcrudolph New Member • Posts: 10
Re: Lighting door slabs in a studio?

BAK wrote:

Art director, eh?

So you know that you need to have a layout for the ad, flyer, folder, brochure, catalog page, whatever.

And you know that you need to match the shot to the layout.

DOOR SLAB: I figure that a door slab is the "wood" part of a door, such as you would find on the entrance to a house, covering the front of a closet, blocking the view into a bathroom, etc., BUT WITHOUT HARDWARE. No hinges, no knobs, no locks, and probably no artistic or decorative painting.

But there may be raised areas, designs where some of the door is thicker than other parts, etc.

So you have a 3 foot by 7 foot flat, couple of inches thick, unaccented subject.

If this was my project, I'd get some good idea of how these door slabs are displayed at retail (assuming they are)

My bet is that they are on a vertical rack, similar to how many retailers display rugs, or art galleries display low-end pictures.

Bottom line, standing on their bottoms, vertically, on an agle, looking sort fo like they were half open when installed, so you can see both the front surface and the edge that will eventually hold the lockset.


I have multiple concepts for the brochure these will be used in already. Beauty shots and some slab and hardware shots already exist so I will be shooting at the same angle as those that already exist, which is straight on. No choice there really.

After consulting with a local photographer and going over the rental list I am using a 9' Foba Studio Stand to shoot from overhead with 2 Arri HMI lights with softboxes and 6x6 scrims to diffuse the light. I will start at 45 degree angles from either side and adjust to achieve the lighting I'm looking for.

Does this sound like a good setup for this shoot?

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