Jill Greenberg lighting setup and lighting diagram

David Bicho’s tribute to Jill Greenberg, using her characteristic lighting setup.
Lighting diagram explaining the Jill Greenberg lighting setup

This image is a pure tribute to the classic crying-images by Jill Greenberg. This is really showing the crisp and contrasty light of the beloved Profoto Giant (the huge umbrella). From the back, I use two strip lights and a hair light on a boom stand to create a “kicker” all around her silhouette. One gridded light on the black background (turns blue when white balancing to get nice skin tones). Just below the model there is a squared silver reflector (I hate round ones!) to give the classic extra lower clam-shellish-spark to the eye to give some feeling of “wet eyes”… To eliminate all unwanted indirect lightning, I used big black book ends to really push the contrast by lowering the levels in the shadows.

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6 thoughts on “Jill Greenberg lighting setup and lighting diagram”

  1. Hey there i loved your article on the Jill greenberg lighting setup I believe you mastered it. Not to many people can do what you did so I applaud you on this the only thing you didn’t mention was the lighting ratios used can you be so kind and to help me in on this?

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  3. Hello great article, how do you get the blue background effect utilising only white balance?

    Is the strobe gelled ?


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