We had this idea for this concept in one evening, and in about one hour we were setting up the lights and the scene for the shot. Regarding the lighting set-up I used a beauty dish as a main light and on small light as back light for the model. The power was relatively low on both lights as I wanted to capture more light from the small lamps.
Once the scene was ready, the process was quite fast. The final image was composed from 3 images of Alexandra and about 10 images of the books, floor and the lights.
After I photographed Alexandra on the chair, I had to photograph each book separately, most of the books were suspended in air with a small string, and 2-3 books were hold in air by hand.
The next step was to photograph the floor without any cables and chair which was replaced with a few books. One photograph was taken as well for the ambient light.
Last step was placing together all the images in photoshop using layer masks and blending modes.
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