Fashion photography lighting setup with model ShellZ Zhu

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.

Portrait lighting setup with fashion model ShellZ Zhu.
Model lighting setup for almost full figure model photography with fashion model ShellZ Zhu.
Lighting diagram of portable lighting setup for model photography

Dramatic lighting setup for a model outside an ancient temple

Combined photo and lighting diagram for this beautiful scene

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.

Dramatic lighting

The hard light gives a dramatic look n feel

One light source is all that was used for this lighting setup.

Another great contribution from photographer Pedro Moreno.

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.

Lighting setup up for action style fashion photography

With a lighting like this, you can take your shades of and still look cool.

Elinchrome Quadra RX is great for lighting setups on location.

Pedro Moreno gives us the details for this setup.

– The camera had a WB in Flash,  Canon 5D MK II, 70-200mm, Aperture F 10, shutter 1/200, ISO 100 with.  Main light Elinchrom Quadra RX with a diffuser. I did trigger the light with an Skyport.

Fashion photography with one light source

One light source and a kick ass make up is all it takes to make fashion photos that are this awesome

Here's how the lighting is done. The make up might be trickier.

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.

Reflector and natural light

Lighting setup and lighting diagram

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.”

School of lighting setups

You better pay attention to these lighting tips, or Cecilie might give you a detention.

A lighting diagram for you to study

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.”