3 Images = 3 Lighting Set Ups

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: June 17, 2011

Category: General

Hi All.
As promised, following on from the previous post here’s a quick look at some ‘Behind the Scenes’ (BTS) details from my recent ‘From Concept to Print‘ Workshop [Link] to give you a look at what lighting set ups were used to achieve the 3 different images…

Image 1:

Set Up 1:
Shot against a painted matt black wall, our model Steve Lewington was lit using two Profoto 1000’s in Strip Boxes behind and to either side and a Profoto Beauty Dish fitted with a Honeycomb Grid to the front and above…

Image 2:

Set Up 2:
This time, using the same location as Image 1, I turned the Beauty Dish ‘off”so that Steve was only being lit by the two Strip Boxes.

Obviously in this shot Steve was in a different pose with his arms outstretched, so to avoid his hands ending up way too close to the light source and consequently alot brighter than other areas the Strip Boxes were raised up and angled down slightly…

Image 3:

Set Up 3:
This time we moved over to using a roll of grey seamless paper so that we could shoot a full length shot and relatively easily put together a composite image.

Really simple set up here making use of just one light source with the majority of time being spent getting the right ‘feel’ for the shot and making sure the shadows were falling exactly where I wanted them to by having the final image in mind…

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As always if you have any questions or comments on the lighting or editing techniques used then please feel free to make use of the comments section below, but in the meantime have a great weekend and I’ll catch up with you in a few days.

Enjoy 🙂

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  1. Jonathan Thompson

    Good stuff, great post Glyn. Very clear, easy to understand. Relatively simple light setup, perhaps add light levels compared to each other, ratios if you like to get an idea of the light balance.
    Very striking final images, love the composites. Will defo have to come along to your workshop. Thanks for sharing your techniques.

    Cheers Jonathan

    • Glyn

      @Jonathan…Glad you like the post mate. With regards to ratios etc, I tend to avoid including all that kind of info to be honest as it will be different for everybody due to lights being positioned slightly differently etc… I tend to do it all by sight and will set up the rim lights first and then go from there.

      Cheers for the kind words also…I really appreciate it and yeah it would be great to see you at one of the workshops.
      All the best to you,

  2. claudio.von.grubens

    Hi glyn,

    cool post! makes my head work for new projects 😉 if you’d ask me, my favorite is the last one, because is got the most drama and feeling in it!


    • Glyn

      @Caludio…Thanks for looking in and commenting my friend; very good of you.

  3. DaveT

    Hi Glyn,

    Really like the dramatic lighting in Set Up 2 – very powerful.

    Thanks for showing the setups and results, its always useful to see how these things are done and to gain inspiration for future shoots.

    • Glyn

      @DaveT…Thanks for that mate; great to hear it may be of some use.

  4. heather

    Super cool post. Thanks for sharing.

    • Glyn

      @Heather…You’re welcome, thanks 🙂

  5. John Reid

    Hello Glyn

    Many thanks for sharing the lighting setups. I think your work is beautiful and it inspires me.


    John R

    • Glyn

      @John…That is incredibly kind of you to say; thank you!



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