I had the result very detailed in my mind’s eye: square format, a naked woman, bright background, warm light and…a steamy glass wall. It should be a scene in a shower.

So I had to check, who has a shower with glass wall or door. All showers and bathroom were far too small to setup build studio light and to provide model and photographer enough freedom of movement. New plan: Studio 4, the office in the backhouse has a meeting room with a glass wall. Simon just said: “OK, no problem!” Perfect, I found the location.

Steamy Window?

Next question: how do I get to the look of the fogged window? Steam iron, spray bottle, Photoshop, tried a lot…, all discarded. Steam,…, I would need to generate steam and let it ascend in front of the glass wall. Hot plates were set up an water boiled. The photos are made with the smartphone, sorry for the bad quality…

The traces of steam on the glass wall was far too small and only around the pots. Somehow I need to get the steam ascend directly at the wall. So I designed some kind of steam collector with plastic foil and wooden slats, leaving only a small gap between wood and glassThis created  fogged glass but there was too much moisture and after a while drops ran down the wall. I couldn’t realise  ‘fog’ look I was after, no matter what I tried. But I like the results anyway!

Lighting Setup

Opposite to the glass wall I hang a plastic shower curtain in front the white wall. Between curtion and wall I put a strobe, facing the wall. For the first series this was the only light I used. The strobe was triggered by radio. The glass wall was the source for the fill light by reflecting the light from the strobe onto the model.

In the second part I added a strip light camera right and a white V-flat on the opposite side.

Lighting diagram:

Unexpected difficulties

Did you ever try shooting through glass pane? Pretty difficult to not shoot the reflection of the photographer and the things surrounding him. Fellow photographer Bernd recommended to setup a screen of black fabric opposite  the glass wall. Luckily Simon had something at hand and I set it up and just let the lens peek through. That worked!


Again, another exiting and strenuous project, comparable to my underwater shooting. But it totally payed of and I’m absolutely happy with the results! See my blog bost