Lighting on Location: New Kick Boxing Promo Pictures

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: February 10, 2015

Category: General

Ok so today, as promised, here’s  some new Kick Boxer pictures from the series I’m working on following Steven ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cook as he trains towards two World Championship titles this year.

I’ve also included some lighting diagrams so you can see the set up for each of the pictures too; a set up that means I can also get in the gym and shoot without taking up too much space which is most definitely a consideration when working in an area where there’s a lot going on…

steve_1The picture above was shot with myself stood in the ring and Steve on the outside with the 175cm Elinchrom Rotalux Octa behind him as a backdrop.

I’m absolutely loving this as a backdrop for these kind of shots because of it’s size but also because being Rotalux it takes literally seconds to put up and means I don’t need to set up a seamless roll and light that too. Using the Octa as the backdrop means we can move quickly and easily around the gym to set up in different areas.

To the front of Steve to, high up on a light stand was a 70cm square softbox with Rotagrid fitted, angled down to emphasise shadows and add more interest and punch to the picture.



For the picture above the set up was identical to the first however with this one the front fill light was turned off.

This ended up giving the silhouette effect with the Octa adding just enough highlight onto Steve to outline his face, arms etc…


Once I have lights set up I’ll regularly see what results I get by turning some off and experimenting like this is something I encourage everyone to do as the results can be quite dramatic and a bonus to what you already had in mind.


For this final picture we moved out of the boxing ring, onto the gym floor and into an area where there are punch bags and speed balls. The lighting set up was pretty much the same with the 175cm Elinchrom Rotalux Octa as the backdrop and the 70cm square softbox and Rotagrid for fill, however…

The ceiling in the gym is really quite high and the punch bags themselves are quite deep too so when we first shot with Steve punching as in this picture, the punch bags looked just like a black blob; I felt we needed to see more of them to look right.

Solution? Combine 2 shots; one of Steve punching into the bag, and another of just the punch bag (photographed with the same lighting) showing the top along with the chains.

Then during the retouching combine the two images to…

Ok so that gives you a quick look Behind the Scenes at the lighting set up but also, just to give you a heads up, I’m going to be creating a series of ebooks soon that will take you through the whole process: the location, the lighting set up, the shoot, out of camera picture and then through all the retouching steps in Lightroom and Photoshop. This way you’ll get to see absolutely everything that went into making the picture.

I’ll let you know more about that when we get nearer to releasing them but it won’t be too long now.

Anyway, I hope this post was useful and as always if you have any questions/comments, feel free to drop me a line to or make use of the comments section below.

Catch you back here next time,

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