Lighting Set Up: Couples Portrait from Photoshop World 2017

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: April 26, 2017

Category: Photography

Following on from the LIVE Broadcast I did on my YouTube Channel yesterday, one of the question that came through was asking about the lighting set up I used in this photograph of Dustin and Daniah; models I was working with during my Pre Conference / In Depth Class at the recent Photoshop World Conference in Orlando, Florida…

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The lighting set up was really simple (just how I like it) using just the one light source and the background being made up of grey seamless paper that was then made to look like a textured canvas background during the post production in Photoshop.

Below is a lighting diagram to show the set up; the light source being an Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 500 and a 135cm (50″) Elinchrom Rotalux Octa.

No additional light was added for the background; the Octa was simply feathered in such a way that some of the light spilled onto the background to light it sufficiently.

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Once the lighting had been set up and metered it was then just a case of working on the posing / positioning of Dustin and Daniah.

Inspiration for the picture came from one of my Pinterest Mood Board and in particular this photograph by Mark Seliger…
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This kind of shows what I mean by ‘Photograph Like a Thief’ because by that phrase I don’t mean ‘Plagiarism’ but what I mean is to take inspiration and ideas from a picture be that the lighting, the post production, the style etc… In this case it was the pose but although the final pose in my picture of Dustin and Daniah is different, it started out with them both looking at Mark Seliger’s and positioning them as close to it as possible and then we made changes…does that make sense?

In the side by side pictures below you can see another of the changes we made to make the pose much more complimentary. In A with Daniah at the front, for me it felt that it made it look as though Daniah’s head was way bigger that Dustin’s.

This was corrected by swapping them around so that Dustin was now more in the foreground and Daniah was back a little further as you can see in B.

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As I mentioned at the start of this post, yesterday I did my first ever YouTube LIVE Broadcast where I went through the complete retouch of this picture of Dustin and Daniah from start to finish.

If you missed it you can still watch it over on my YouTube Channel in the Past Live Streams playlist; CLICK HERE

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Also you can check out a LARGE version of the final picture over on my 500px portfolio page by CLICKING HERE

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As always if you have any questions / comments feel free to make use of the comments section below but in the mean time, have a good one and I’ll catch you back here soon.

Cheers
Glyn

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10 Comments

  1. Jon Erlien

    Great work Glyn. I love the toning and the pose. Great execution and great capture. Cheers buddy!

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    • Glyn Dewis

      Thank a lot Jon, and thanks for looking in 😉

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  2. Stan Bax

    Newb starting out with lighting: How high did you keep the octa ?

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    • Glyn Dewis

      I guess the bottom of the octa was roughly chest height to Dustin

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      • Stan Bax

        Great shot Glyn, and good tips on inspiration for the composition, lighting and PP – many thanks !

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      • Stan Bax

        Thanks !

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  3. Bhavik Solanki

    Thank you for sharing this great post. Good explanation I like this post. Wonderful information.

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  4. Paul Richardson

    Hi Glyn,
    I love your work, and have bought two of your books. They’re fantastic. That said, I’m a long time (40 years) natural light photographer, looking to get into studio portraiture. I shoot Fuji mostly, and I’m contemplating buying into a lighting system. I can’t afford top end lights, so do you have any advice for a decent light and modifier for portraits that won’t break the bank. I’m mindful of your adage, “buy cheap, buy twice”, so I don’t want to make that mistake either.
    And tips would be appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Paul Richardson

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    • Glyn

      Paul…thanks for the kind words mate…much appreciated.
      Ok as for lighting you won’t go wrong with the Elinchrom D-Lite RX One; small, light, has internal fan and receiver and costs around £140. For modifiers I would suggest the 135cm (50″) Octa but failing that a Shoot Thru umbrella with black cover. All of this kit I use and is in my Kit List Page (link at top of screen in my website).

      Hope this helps
      Glyn

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