Here’s a lighting setup from Morgan Klang that gives us crisp vivid colors. The key light is from a strobe with just a tight reflector on. That gives a punchy and distinct light and a shadow on the background. Then there is a softer fill light from a shoot through umbrella. By not having a dedicated strobe on the background, the shadow will be more prominent and add that extra crispiness to the photo.
Photographer Morgan Klang of www.scandiphoto.co.uk gives us some inspiring lighting setups. Let’s start with a short interview so we get to know the man behind the photos.
Lighting For Photo: – Where are you from?
Morgan Klang: – I was born in Sweden by Swedish parents but I left to go travelling around the world over 15 years ago.
Since then I have lived/worked in Israel, Egypt, Palestine, UK, Ireland, Holland, Caribbean and now back live in UK again.
I will never return back to Sweden again I think…… I have found that I am too different today; I do not fit into the Scandinavian thinking and mentality any longer so I will just not feel at ease in Sweden any longer.
Actually the ONLY place I feel “home” nowadays is London, everywhere else I feel like a misfit J
Lighting For Photo: – How old are you?
Morgan Klang: – Physically or in mind? In my mind, around 25-30, but physically close to 50 and going downhill 😉
Lighting For Photo: – How long have you been into photography?
Morgan Klang: – Since back in the late 80’s, I taught myself using silver media such as Tri-X, Rodinal, Ilford Multigrade, D76 and all that other nice stuff.
Lighting For Photo: – Do you prefer studio or location sessions?
Morgan Klang: – I am 98% outside the studio, and use available light 75% of the time.
Lighting For Photo: – What is your dream assignment?
Access to a foreign tribe somewhere in Africa/India/South America/Asia or wherever else where I can live with them for a prolonged period of time and get into understanding their thinking and outlook on life whilst shooting them.
Lighting For Photo: – What other photographers do you like?
Morgan Klang: – Soo many and too many, there are even too many fields + areas as well.
– Joey Lawrence is a very young lad, however he is better than some who have shot a lifetime.
– Yuri Arcurs is technically great; but his images can be perceived as boring, predictable and sterile for some.
– Another one is David Hobby that I like to watch in action.
– Beside the “boring ones” above I have deep respect for all who are hardcore; with that I mean all the news-photographers who go out there and put their life on the line to give us a story….. Everyone all the way back from Frank Capa up until today.
Lighting For Photo: – What is your favourite piece of photo equipment?
Morgan Klang: – Analogue: My old trusted Canon F1 and my favourite chunks of glass, 85mm 1.8 and 24mm 2.8.
Digital: Then I just love my Canon D7 and the 70-200 2.8
Besides the camera itself, it must be the reflector, ANY type of reflector such as the “proper collapsible one”, or just a door, or maybe a wall, could also be a shirt, or just a sheet of paper, yes anything that is able bounce light will do and can do wonders at times 😉
Lighting For Photo: – What is the most common beginners mistakes when it comes to lighting?
Morgan Klang: – Not being able to “see” light before shooting, for example unable to perceive how contrast and angles of light will affect the end result before they take the shot. But this can be easily overcome by training, training, training, shooting, shooting, shooting.
Lighting For Photo: – What is your favourite lighting setup?
Morgan Klang: – Natural light, preferably large windows or doors and a reflector/bouncer.
Lighting For Photo: – What I your best photo experience?
Morgan Klang: – I came third in a Swedish competition called fotomaraton in Stockholm (before the digital age) and I think it was late 80s or early 90s.
Today I can not recall exactly, but I think we must have been around a thousand competitors who were each given a roll of film with 24 exposures. We then had to use this to shoot one subject every hour that meant we only had one attempt for each subject during 24hrs.
It was extremely tiresome but VERY funny and a GREAT experience.
Lighting For Photo: – What is your worst photo experience?
Morgan Klang: – When I shot “Ice Cube” (Rap artist & actor); he was the worst human being I have ever met.
Afraid I would classify him as socially handicapped because he was arrogant, egotistical, bigheaded, haughty and narcissistic to the extreme!!
I would not like to have him as my friend even if I was paid for it, something is not right in that mans head. I still wonder why he allowed me to shoot him, maybe because he wanted to be center of the attention and bring more tribute to himself by having his photo published.
Wellknown contributor Hipolit Terpinsky is back with another great lighting setup. The key light has just a small reflector which makes the light punchy, crisp and fresh. Then there’s a soft fill light from an octa which stands near the camera.
Cecilie Harris tells us how she took this photo using only a window and a reflector: – “Shot indoor at the Ragged School Museum that provides a lot of natural light coming in through windows and even holes in the ceiling. This image was shot for my “Boys by Girls” project (www.boysbygirls.co.uk) for the first coffee table book for this project.
When I have enough daylight to play with that comes in even if I’m shooting on an indoor location, I really prefer using the natural light I have. So I tend to adapt my outdoor techniques indoor. If I don’t have enough light, then I will bring with me my lighting kit. But for those who follow my work, they’ll know I’m addicted to what you can do with natural light and bouncing that around, be it using reflectors or reflective surfaces.”
Cecilia Harris takes us to an old class room to teach us about lighting setups.
– “Shot indoor at the Ragged School Museum that provides a lot of natural light coming in through windows and even holes in the ceiling. This image was shot for my “Boys by Girls” project (www.boysbygirls.co.uk ) for the first coffee table book for this project.
For this image in particular I really utilised the holes in the ceiling which were letting in so much natural light. This really makes this location so amazing to work with. A simple reflector added to filling in any shadows on the model’s face.”
Cecilie Harris gives us the details for this lighting setup:
– Shot indoor at the Ragged School Museum that provides a lot of natural light coming in through windows and even holes in the ceiling. This image was shot for my “Boys by Girls” project (www.boysbygirls.co.uk) for the first coffee table book for this project.
London photographer Cecilie Harris tells us how she took this photo:
– Shot outdoors. The beauty with the lighting in this photo is that there is no lighting! It’s simply knowing where to place your model. Although slightly overcast, there was still light almost coming through, so it created natural lighting without shadow in the models face. There were also a white wall behind and next to the model, as well as white stones on the ground, so the light coming from above was reflecting all over. The model was places with his front towards the sun that was trying to break through. Simple, but effective!
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Many of you already know London based photographer Cecilie Harris from some previously published lighting setups. Now she is back with some more of that great stuff, starting with a lighting setup using only a reflector.
Cecilia Harris: – For this shoot I actual had real sunlight to play with and not just light on an overcast day. This created some cool natural shadow and lighting effects, and unwanted shadows were easily filled with a reflector. The low f stop really helps bring the model in focus.