In the studio, everything that will become your photograph is supplied by you, your talent, or your crew. It’s not like shooting on location, where a serendipitous breeze may make your model’s hair or clothes take on a life of their own, adding to dynamism in your shot. Rather, if you want wind in your studio photography, you’ve got to make it yourself.
What the studio lacks in happenstance, it makes up for with control. The photography studio is an environment that allows for experimentation, and the only limits are those imposed by allotted space and what you’re willing to clean up after a shoot. If you’re opting to use wind in your images in the studio, you can try out all sorts of different ways to use it.
Gavin Hoey demonstrates these principals of experimentation and control in a video created for Adorama TV detailing just what you can do with a subject and a little wind. Specifically, Gavin’s video is all about incorporating different wind directions and wind-generating devices with a subject’s hair.
Three Ways To Make Wind
To use this method, you’ll need an assistant. It’s an easy way to add a bit of motion on the spur of the moment using what you’ve already got on hand. Simply have your assistant take a reflector and use it to send gusts of wind wafting at your subject. Gavin recommends that these gusts come from below rather than above