Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing Glenn Richards; newly crowned Pure Elite Physique Champion, Bodyzone Gym in Bracknell, Berkshire.
I’ll be posting some of the results from the shoot later this week, but yesterday I posted one of the images on social media asking what folks thought the lighting set up was…
The gym was packed with equipment, had low ceilings and due to being open for business as usual, was becoming quite busy at times, so the key here was to keep it simple. We’d tried a few lighting set ups when the gym wasn’t quite so busy but decided to opt for natural light when it started to fill up.
As luck would have it, a shaft of light from the sun, coming in from windows high up in the end section of the gym came through, so with the use of one silver Lastolite reflector positioned on the floor in front of Glenn, we had a great light kicking up onto him giving great contrast and the metallic look I favour when shooting for Black & White. As I knew that I wanted the final images to be Black & White I shot my Canon 5D with the Monochrome picture style selected; I like to do this so that I can see exactly how the contrast affects the look of the Black & White…does that make sense?
As for the reflector it was positioned to the front of Glenn with the furthest edge raised up about 6 inches so that it was angled towards him, by resting it on a dumbell. Highlights on Glenn’s shoulders came from the ceiling lights in gym, and as for lens choice I used my Canon 85mm f/1.8 and shot in AV Mode at f/1.8 and iso 1600 which gave a shutter speed of 1/400sec.
Hope that all makes sense.
As always if you have any questions/comments then please 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 tomorrow.