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The Black Wrap Effect

A Lightsetting by Steven Van Veen

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In this film, photographer Steven van Veen shoots a semi-erotic shooting using shoe mounted flashes set up on tripods connected with wireless receivers, known a s pocket wizards. While giving us effective tips and technical aspects, van Veen points out the need to work in manual mode as opposed to TTL mode.

The technique “black wrap” is a special material used around the world by camera teams to direct their lights. It is a special technique different from using paper snoots because the light from black wrap becomes more organic in form.

Van Veen stresses the importance to making many test-shots before beginning to shoot in order to get the most optimal desired result. He also gives us all used apertures, shutter speeds, distances, interesting perspectives and lighting schemes in order to get the best results from his model. His resulting photos are not only sensual, but also truly aesthetic. His photos are indicative of his great passion for the human form, paired with his imaginative uses of light. It is clear that van Veen is a master of numerous photography techniques, but he is equally highly skilled when working with his models to bring out that special moment when everything joins perfectly, working together in harmony; lighting, model and photography.

Based out of his studio in Schwanau, Germany, van Veen has worked for a multitude of clients in television, advertising, periodicals, fashion and media. He also leads his own workshops for fellow photographers as well as being a regular contributor for FotoTV.