Butterfly lighting setup with Denice Andrée

Butterfly lighting setup with Swedish model Denice Andrée

This is a lighting setup by swedish photographer Carl Magnus Swahn.It is actually a classic butterfly lighting setup. I think it gives a very feminin character and I find suitable for classic beauty photos. This specific setup has the soft box with angle closer to the camera lens and less from above, so the characteristic butterfly shadow under the nose is not so prominent.

The photo was shot with a Lastolite Hilite 2,5 x 2,15 m giant soft box as a background. It was lit up by two Elinchrom strobes with a red/pink-ish gel filter to get that pink background. The gradient in the background was later enhanced in Photoshop. It’s difficult to see in the lighting diagram, but the Lastolite Hilite soft box is really huge. It’s like a huge lit up backdrop that easily can cover a full figure modell.

An Elinchrome Ranger (even though it was indoors) with a large soft box above the camera pointing at Denice. There was also a table with a silver metallic rescue blanket on it, used as a giant reflector. That gives a rectangular shape of the reflector and a much nicer catch light in the eyes.

If you zoom in on the photos and take a close look at the catch light in the eyes, you can clearly see the large soft box from above as well as the reflector from underneath.

The bokeh blur was added in photoshop.

The Lastolite Hilite Soft box is much larger than shown in the lighting diagram.
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Fruit splash photography lighting setup

This is a setup from the swedish photographer Carl Magnus Swahn.

– I used a small aquarium filled with water, and then I simply dropped different fruits in it. I dropped the fruit with one hand and triggered the camera via remote with my other hand. It took a while to get the timing right. Between every shot there was water drops on the inside of the aquarium, so I had to wipe it before the next shot to avoid blur.

These photos are from a series of about twenty different fruits dropped in water. So there was a lot of wiping the window of the aquarium. And a lot of retakes when the timing wasn’t perfect.

If I had to do it again today, I would probably done much more in the post editing. Even for those photos I reused parts of the best splashes. The most resonable way of doing this could be taking separat photos of just the water splash and the surface, and then edit in the fruits. Then I would be able to photo all fruits from perfect angles and combine it with perfect photos of splashing water.

I used two Canon EX 550 for this shot. They burn pretty fast, so the water splash can freeze. I had one with a soft box behind the aquarium and one without modifier from the right side. On the opposite side I used a reflector. I shot many different fruits and there was many different strobe settings depending on if the fruits were light, dark, colorful etc.

The splash makes the photo a bit more interesting than a regular still life photo of fruits.
If you look closely, you can recognise parts of the splash pattern that has been reused in the photo editing.
Two Canon EX 550 were used for this shot.

Low key fashion photography

An excellent lighting setup for low key photography. Playing with the white balance gives a dramatic nightish look and feel.

Low key photography lighting diagram

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.

Crisp lighting for model photography

Lighting setup and diagram for model photography

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.

Backlight portrait lighting setup

Great make up and great lighting.

A octabox source from behind and a reflector from the side.

Here’s a simple but useful lighting setup from photographer Jessica Wikström.

Jessica: – The plan for this picture was to create a soft backlight but I changed my mind and got the reflector to lighten up the models face and get some more contrast into the picture.

Studio lighting setup

All lights on Rollergirl in this lighting setup.

Here is a studio lighting setup from photographer Hipolit Terpinsky. The key light is a softbox and the filler  is from a beauty dish. There are also two reflectors to kick up some some light.

All lights are on the model, so the backdrop is slightly underexposed which gives the photo a more dramatic expression.

Retro style portrait lighting setup

Classic retro style portrait

Lighting diagram for retro style portrait.

Hipolit Terpinsky gives this nifty little lighting setup to all you retro lovers out there. To add that extra classic movie star touch, put a cigarette in the models mouth, and load your camera with old school grainy black and white film (Ilford FP4).

But leave your flux capacitor at home.