This fashion photography lighting setup is from a session on location in Hong Kong, featuring ShellZ Zhu. ShellZ Zhu is a fashion model and actress in China, but she has also been seen i a few Hollywood productions.
Portable lighting setup
I didn’t have the possibility to bring my full arsenal of lighting equipment, so I had to find a lighting setup that was easy to travel with. I brought a hot shoe speedlight flash, a shoot through umbrella, a lightweight light stand and the Elinchrom Skyport radio trigger. The shoot through umbrella was actually a multifunction umbrella with one shoot through layer and one removable silverlayer that you can bounce the light in when needed, but for this photo session I used it only as a shoot through umbrella. This is really a minimalistic fashion photography lighting setup.
It was a bit cloudy that day so the daylight was soft and had no specific direction. I placed the umbrella in front of ShellZ Zhu about 45 degrees to the left. For the photo with the “catwoman stance”, the lighting setup was moved so the lighting direction came a bit closer to the camera direction. Since the models pose i lower, the light gets relatively more from above.
Here’s a new lighting setup from photographer Meggy Irawan. The strobes are used without any light modifiers. That creates a crisp and dramatic light in the scene. The temple is lit by the sun and parts of the background is slightly underexposed which makes the model more prominent.
The camera had a WB in Flash, Canon 5D MK II, 24-70mm, Aperture F 5.6, shutter 1/125, ISO 400. Main light Canon 580EXII with a grid. My assistant was up high and pointing down the speedlight on to my subject.
Photographer Pedro Moreno shares this lighting setup that only uses one light source.
Pedro: – The camera had a WB in Sun, Canon 5D MK II, 100mm, Aperture 2.8, shutter 1/125, ISO 100 with. Main light Elinchrom Quadra RX with a Octave 1mt in silver and the sun was giving me a golden tone on the neck’s shadows. I triggered the light with an Skyport.
Photographer Pedro Moreno from Spain shares a low key lighting setup for fashion photography.
Pedro: – The camera had a WB in Tounsgten, Canon 5D MK II, 100mm, Exposition 5.0, shutter 1/60, ISO 200 with. Main light Elinchrom Quadra RX with a Octave 1mt in silver and 1 Canon 580EXII speedlite as a kicker light. I did trigger everything with an Skyport.
– 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!