Beauty dish lighting for fashion photography

The beauty dish gives a hard light that feels just right for fashion photography
Lighting diagram for fashion photography with beauty dish and reflector

Here’s another great shot from photographer Cecilie Harris. The beauty dish gives a bit harder light than a softbox. If you don’t want the light to be too hard, you can use a reflector to reduce some of the shadows.

Fashion lighting setup with two models

A window, a reflector, two models and ...voila!
Even when shooting two models, Cecilie knows how to do it with a minimum of lighting equipment.

Here is a stylish black and white fashion photo by photographer Cecilie Harris. The lighting setup is very simple using only a window and a reflector, yet the result is amazing. Very inspiring!

Sport portrait lighting setup

Sport portrait of NHL player Peter Forsberg. The sweat is real and the ice is fake.
The reflector behind Peter gives the illusion of ice, in this creative setup by Pontus Höök

This photo by Pontus Höök is taken in a hallway at Colorado Avalanche’s training facilities. Peter Forsberg came right of the rink to Pontus’ makeshift photo studio. The sweat you see is real. 22 exposures later Peter is off to the locker room. The photo is shot using analog film.

This photo was the cover photo of the first edition of the sportmagazine “S”

Portrait with dramatic lighting

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Lighting diagram

Cool locations demands cool lighting setups. Photographer Pontus Höök shot a portrait of Ottawa NHL player Daniel Alfredsson in a small aircraft. Daniel Alfredsson who was studying to get his pilot’s certificate at the time. There is a strobe with a softbox in the cockpit, wirelessly fired by pocket wizards.

This dramatic lighting setup goes perfect with the dramatic sky and camera angle.

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Portrait of Howlin’ Pelle with creative lighting setup

Howlin' Pelle in the light of a laptop
A simple and creative lighting setup

This is a very creative and playful portrait lighting setup by photographer Pontus Höök. The key light is actually from a laptop and then there’s a regular lamp used as a kicker. Great results with a minimum of lighting equipment. Since the light sources aren’t very powerful, this setup requires a lens with a large maximum aperture. In this case 1.2. The shutter speed is 1/40 and the camera is handheld. Pelle is the lead singer in The Hives and this photo is taken backstage at a concert.

Wedding photography on location using only natural light

The look of love. Great lighting for wedding photography.
Lighting diagram showing the surroundings at the scene

A good photographer must understand the light. Even when you shoot in natural light with no lighting equipment what so ever, you still should not just point and shoot. A trained eye will quickly identify the lighting possibilities provided by the surrounding environment. In this photo by Erika Gerdemark the darker forest behind the photographer will block some light, while the ocean in the background will reflect some light. Erika is also playing with the light by using the models them self. By letting some light slip over the grooms shoulder and light up the eye of the bride, Erika adds that extra magic and makes this scene exceptionally beautiful.

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.

Visit photographer David Bicho for more great inspiration.