I did a concept photo session last weekend in studio. I recently saw an editorial fashion photo of a model standing in a poorly lit room against a wall. The key light appeared to be a window. The effect I liked was the shadows falling against the wall & the model from the window's blinds. I couldn't tell if the effect was done in studio with lighting modifiers, in post or with a real window with mini blinds. Either way I wanted to try something like this effect without copying it exactly.
My setup was simple. Since this was primarily going to be a head shot and processed in B&W I mounted a 3'x4' piece of foam core onto a C-Stand using a clamp I secured to the C-Stand. Easy. I was using a single light. For this shoot I simply mounted an Elinchrom Style RX1200 on a large Manfrotto super boom. On the key light I mounted a standard 6" reflector and a 30 degree grid (Anthony held the grid in front of the reflector, because the grid is 8").
Next, I mounted a cheapo ($4) plastic mini blind set that I purchased to a smaller Manfrotto boom arm. Again I simply used a large clamp that I attached to the boom arm. I positioned the blind (partially open) about 1-2 feet away from the foam core at a 45 degree angle to the foam core. I lined up the light about 1 foot away from the mini blind firing straight through. I then had my model stand in front of the foam core / mini blind setup.
Here are some photos of the setup
When we were set I powered the light as low as it will go and tested the effect for about 10 minutes. I hadn't checked if it was going to work before, it it was trial and error until I got the camera settings, distance from the foam core, light distance from the blind, overhead lights on or off set. My camera settings were f/9, 1/160 & ISO 100. I didn't meter my model, which come to think of it is not typical. We got some really good effects and by opening & closing the blinds and moving the grid around we achieved some interesting shadowing effects. The main issue I probably used the wrong light. The RX1200 is definitely overkill. I probably could have used my Alien Bee ring light which I can adjust the power to almost nothing.
As you can see the light was bright
We had a fun time and only spent about 30 minutes with this look. Simple setup. I even put together a stop action video clip of the action. Here you go