Vivid colors lighting setup

The hard light makes the vivid colors appear, and gives some extra punchiness to the photo.

Here’s a lighting setup  from Morgan Klang that gives us crisp vivid colors. The key light is from a strobe with just a tight reflector on. That gives a punchy and distinct light and a shadow on the background. Then there is a softer fill light from a shoot through umbrella. By not having a dedicated strobe on the background, the shadow will be more prominent and add that extra crispiness to the photo.

Outdoor fashion photography


Colorful and beautiful fashion photography
Outdoor fashion lighting diagram. The sun and a fill light is sometimes all you need to take impressive photos like this.

Photographer Hipolit Terpinsky from Poland gives us this great inspiration of what you can achieve with only a fill light and some mad skills. More photos from Hipolit is coming up in a near future. Stay tuned!

High fashion lighting setup

Beautiful lighting setup for high fashion. Click image for full size.
High fashion lighting diagram.

Lighting For Photo legend David Bicho is back with a great lighting setup for high fashion. This is a pretty advanced lighting setup, but the result shows us that it’s worth all the effort.

David is also sharing a PDF of the assignment brief he wrote to the wardrobe stylist. It explains the mood, the story behind the photo etc.

wardrobe-stylist-assignment-brief

Sport portrait lighting setup

Henrik Lundqvist photographed for Café Magazine.
Sport portrait lighting diagram

Photographer Mattias Olsson shows us how to take better sport portraits, by sharing the lighting setup for this colorful photo of NHL player Henrik Lundqvist.

Hot fashion

A hot senorita in Oslo.
Variations in the lighting setup gives a more punchy expression
Lighting diagram for hot fashion

Norwegian photographer Eivind Røhne gives you a great case studie of hot fashion.

This fashion shoot was for an Italian client, but done here in Oslo (Norway) in the middle of the summer. The theme for this editorial was ”hot”, and my inspiration came from old westerns, with those great looking desert and their deadly hot temperatures. And of course from those hot and exciting Mexican senoritas!

I used the low evening sun of summer about 45 degrees left of my camera, and put up an Elinchrom 600W lamp with a big Octa shaped softbox in the opposite direction of the sun. Or else the model would just be a silhouette. I metered the existing light so the sky would blow out in the areas close to the sun, but keep details in the rest of the blue sky. Then I metered up the Elinchrom to fill in the opposite side of the sun, but not as powerful as the sunlight. Maybe a stop or so below if I remember right. I also had an assistant holding a reflector to fill in some of the shadows in between. Plus, I had an assistant holding an ordinary black umbrella between the sun and my camera, so I could control the amount of sunlight hitting my lens. As you can see from these two shots, one is controlled and punchy, and the other is more hazy and with less contrast. The punchy one is a result of the umbrella being held so that no light reached my lens. The other one, with that fantastic hot summer haze and less contrast, is because the assistant was holding the umbrella so that a little bit of sunlight reached my lens. Not much, just a little.

The whole shoot was shot with a 22mp Hasselblad digital medium format camera tethered to a laptop. Everything from the lighting, laptop, and all the utilities of the hair dressers and the makeup artist was powered by a portable 1200w petrol generator. The model was prepared in a salon before travelling to the shoot, and the rest of the hair and makeup was done on location. Aaahh the great outdoors!

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”

Travelling light with portable lighting setups

An elegant lighting setup will only take you half the way. You still need a good model pose. Aight?!
Hong Kong based model and actress ShellZ Zhu
Lighting diagram of portable lighting setup

These photos are 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.

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.