Lighting Behind the Scenes: The Bicester Scramble

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: January 8, 2017

Category: Photography

Hi Folks

Thought I’d share a new picture with you that I took yesterday whilst at the Bicester Scramble RAF Bicester with the folks from the Oxfordshire Home Guard; huge thanks to John Hadfield from the Home Guard for inviting me along to what was a superb event with so much on display.

Of course I came equipped with some lighting equipment should the opportunity arise and arise it did resulting in this picture and a few others that I’ll share in other posts…

Oxfordshire Home Guard

So I thought for this post I’d give you a look at the lighting set up which to be honest was incredibly simple (and fast).

Keeping with the one light set up using my 135cm Elinchrom Octa for this outdoor shoot I brought along the Godox Portable Battery Pack which meant I could just plug in one of my Elinchrom ELC 1000 Pro HD heads. The day was a little overcast and started out with some drizzle but thankfully after a couple of hours the drizzled stopped and everywhere started to dry up meaning, no issue using the lighting.

You can see from the lighting diagram how the Octa was positioned, angled away slightly so that the guys were lit with the feathered edge of the light, and height wise the bottom of the Octa was about shoulder height to them all. Also to ensure that all 4 were lit pretty much evenly the Octa was positioned far enough to the camera right so that they all fell within an area of exposure where there wasn’t much variation (think Inverse Square Law) but then not too far away so as to keep the light soft-ish.

Glyn Dewis Oxfordshire Home Guard Lighting


And that’s pretty much it….nice and simple.

You can check out a LARGE version of this picture over on my 500px portfolio page by CLICKING HERE, but in the mean time if you have any questions / comments then please feel free to make use of the comment section below.


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  1. Sean McCormack

    Cracking shot Glyn.

    • Glyn Dewis

      Hey…thanks mate. I really appreciate that!

  2. David Wilkinson

    I really hope you’re planning a new “Home Guard” book featuring photos, lighting and processing techniques, and back stories. Can I pre-order now please?


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