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This photo album was shot by photographer Rob Lopshire and features our Translum backdrop. This semi-translucent plastic material allows for beautiful light diffusion and stunning visual effects in the studio.

Rob says, When the Translum first arrived at our studio we were pretty excited, we booked a couple of model shoots to test it out.

First shoot we wanted to use the Translum as a background, we had commercial model Becca Allison in the studio for part one of the session and the original idea was to wrap background half-way around behind her sort of like an open cocoon. Having never used Tranlum in the large sizes we received we knew we had to experiment with the lights, for the most part the monolights were positioned behind the background. We had positive results from just about every studio lighting set up we used including bare bulb, soft boxes/soft strips, beauty dishes (gridded and open) and more. Each modifier creating a different light illuminating through the background, basically turning the Translum into a big flexible light source.

Our second shoot was with published alternative model, Luxey. We had great results from the previous shoot with Becca and we were excited to try some silhouette shots as well as experimenting with some side lighting ideas I had. Having Luxey posing just behind the Translum and lights positioned behind her made for some really interesting shots, depending on which lighting modifiers we used during the session a different result was created. It made for some great traditional silhouette photos with some lighting scenarios and some very ghostly and eerie images with other set ups.

The side lighting idea worked out great as well; I wanted to create the illusion of window lighting. We were able to do so by using the traditional Savage Universal #20 Black seamless background behind the model and the Translum to the right of her illuminated by some studio lighting on the opposite side. It made for a great “by the window” shot, some of the photos gave the illusion she was backstage somewhere and peering out from behind a curtain.”


Robert Lopshire

Rob Lopshire is a published professional photographer based in Hunterdon County NJ. Rob’s business specializes in promotional photography for models, musicians, actors and other performing artists including model comp cards, portfolios, head-shots and environmental portraits. Rob’s work has been published in books, magazines & calendars. His images have been featured a number of times on photography equipment sites such as Olympus, Sigma, enlight photo and currently endorses Nasty Clamps. Check out his website here.   Learn More