I’ve been recuperating from some outpatient surgery and haven’t gotten out for a couple of weeks. I’ve enjoyed my “stay-cation” of napping, watching TV and reading, but my thoughts always turn to photography in some form or another. I recently received an order of three really cute vintage-inspired dresses and some extra studio light bulbs to replace the ones that burned out on me. So, I decided to put two and two together and get some self-portraits of me in my new dresses while having fun playing with the studio lighting. I don’t have any large rooms to use for dedicated studio work; I’ve got clutter, luggage, etc. in every room. But, that doesn’t mean I couldn’t get some great photos within a very small space. As you can see from the photos, I used continuous lighting with a couple of white umbrellas, one on each side of me for equal lighting. I also used a wireless shutter release which ensured the focus on me was always nice and sharp. I used both my Canon 5D Mk III and Canon 1DX; my 85mm f1.2 lens was attached to the 1DX while I alternated between the 24-105mm and the 40mm lenses on the 5D Mk III. My favorite images ultimately came from using the 85mm f1.2 lens on the 1DX. That combination is killer for portraits and great lighting, I feel. Moral of the story: you can get some great portrait images without alot of space or a special background. And, playing around with the cameras helped me eliminate my bout of the “stir crazies”.