Lighting the Oxfordshire Home Guard on Location

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: November 28, 2016

Category: Photography

Thought I’d share one picture from this past weekend when I was back with the folks from the Oxfordshire Home Guard to continue working on my current Home Guard / WW2 Project…

Oxfordshire Home Guard by Glyn Dewis

This was the first shoot we’d arranged to be on location and although tempting to ask the guys to bring along all manner of kit and vehicles they have access to, we stuck to the old adage of Quality not Quantity. We’re all going to be working together over the coming weeks, months, year and beyond on this project so we have plenty of time and there’s no need to rush.

We did go through about 4 different set ups over the space of about 3 hours but when I say set ups, each and every one was only using one light with the sole intention of making the lighting look as natural as possible…

Oxfordshire Home Guard by Glyn Dewis

Looking at the pictures above, the one on the right shows what the light was like on the day; cold and crisp but bright with a completely featureless sky. The picture on the right shows the light I was using, although in this picture it when I was shooting a group shot. For the picture of Steve sat back against the tree, the light was lowered so that the bottom of it would have been around the same height as the top of Steve’s head.

Hopefully the illustrations below give you more of an idea regards to the lighting position…

Oxfordshire Home Guard by Glyn Dewis

Here’s a list of lighting used along with details of the battery pack:

  • Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 1000 – LINK
  • Elinchrom Rotalux 135cm Octa – LINK
  • Godox LP-800x Battery Pack (Great for using your indoor studio lights, outdoors) – LINK

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

Thanks for looking in,

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  1. Anthony Crothers

    Great image, looks even better on 500px. Thanks for sharing the lighting set up and your passion for this project. Well done that man!

    • Glyn Dewis

      Thank you mate….glad you like it 🙂


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