Fashion lighting with reflector and speedlight

On the right location, a reflector and a speedlight is all you need to shoot amazing fashion photos.
The key light is natural and a speedlight is backlighting the wall.

Photographer Cecilie Harris shows us how to shoot amazing fashion with only a speedlight and a reflector. The unusual location provides light through a hole in the roof.

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!

Gel filter lighting setup

Gel filter lighting setup
The white balance settings are important too when using colored gel filters.

Gel filters can really change the impression of the photo. In this photo of Professor Martin J. Blaser, photographer Pontus Höök is using two different colored gel filters to get this expressive effect.

The reflections to the left is from a glass cage used for scientific research. Professor Martin J. Blaser has been researching the bacteria behind ulcers.

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.