Aston Martin Photo Shoot: Lighting Set Up

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: May 4, 2015

Category: Photography

Those of you that have followed this blog for a while or maybe connected with me on social media, will know that I’m really into shooting as many Personal Projects / Self Assignments as time permits; their value to your continued development as a photographed is priceless!

Anyway a couple of days ago I arranged such a shoot with a friend of mine, John Ashford, who just happens to own a beautiful Aston MartinV8 Vantage. I’ve photographed John and his car before, but this time I had a completely new look that I wanted to produce which from the outset was going to mean a Black & White final picture.

Now when it comes to a suitable location, this is where another of my dear friends generously allowed us to shoot on his farm which houses a disused airfield including runway and taxi ways…

Here’s one of the final images from the shoot and below I give you a run through of the lighting set up…


So breaking down the lighting set up, here’s a  BTS (Behind the Scenes) picture…


The photo shoot was at around 4 o’clock in the afternoon and despite what the BTS picture above looks like it was still quite bright. I wanted to shoot wide open at around f/2.8 so that the background was well and truly out of focus and John and his Aston would really stand out.

To allow me to do this and to get a slow enough shutter speed (around 1/125 sec) I ended up using some ND (Neutral Density) filters to darken things down a few stops. (See picture below)


Obviously using ND filters would reduce the power of the light from the flash an equivalent amount of stops too. So to compensate, however many stops the ND take out is how many stops up in power I bring the lights…does that makes sense.

My reason for using the Silver California Sunbounce Mini as opposed to just using a light directly on John, is because I really like the metallic look the silver reflector gives. This is something I like to do when shooting for images that are going to be converted to Black & White; I just feel it gives the subjects more impact. Those of you who saw the posts last week of Fitness Physique Champion Glenn Richardson will remember that I also used the silver reflector then. Oh and as is always the case, I also set the Picture Style in my Canon 5D MkIII to Greyscale so help me see a more ‘realistic’ representation of what the final picture was going to be like as a Black and White.

John’s 6 month puppy came along for the shoot too, so we just had to grab a shot of them both together 🙂


Ok so if there’s any questions/comments you have about this shoot then as always, feel free to make use of the comments section below and I’ll get back to you asap.

BTW…thinking of recording the retouch of this image as a new episode on my YouTube channel…what do you think?

Hope this is useful
Catch you tomorrow,

You may also like…


  1. Peter

    Hey Glyn,

    Love the tone of this shot, the B&W is perfect. I would love to see the post process on this image 🙂 Great work again, and thanks for sharing

  2. Samet

    Hi Glyn i really like the way that you’ve done this picture. Please make a video of this retouching step by stepon your youtube channel. Thank you very much and keep doing an amazing Artwork !

  3. srinath pm

    nice work mr.glyn…impeccable picture,,,waiting for the btw video..thanks for sharing

  4. Jon Erlien

    Great work Glyn, it looks like you were using Lee series ND filters…which ND filter were you using? Also, I’ve never used that type of lens hood, did you use it because of the ND filters connection? Hope that makes sense. Yes, please consider this as a video tutorial. I’ve become more interested in the lighting setup, and always appreciate the way you explain you reasoning why you setup the shot the way you did. Cheers mate!

  5. Dennis

    Interesting comments about the sliver reflector. I will need to try this out. Also, setting the camera to monochrome, get idea. Yes, I too would like to see the post on this. Your the best.

  6. Sean Concannon

    Brilliant stuff as always Glyn.I love the way you process these B&W images.
    Please,please do a tutorial on this.

  7. Luis Morales

    Glyn, very Cool. I would love to see how you did the retouching on YouTube. Thanks for sharing the BTS.

  8. Andy Wang

    really cool


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *