Lighting Practice, Practice, Practice

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: September 3, 2015

Category: General

In everything I do I’ve always had the opinion that there’s always room for improvement and that you can never practice enough.

When it comes to my photography and Photoshop for as long as I can remember I’ve always made a point of doing something (no matter how seemingly insignificant) each and every day to keep my hand in and to keep in the creative zone; hope that doesn’t sound heavy but you know what I mean right?

Anyway, as well as making sure to do a personal project shoot each and every week, I’ve also recently purchased this mannequin head for going over lighting techniques and trying out new ideas when I get a spare few minutes…and that is all that’s needed.


For just £3.49 including delivery off ebay UK, this polystyrene mannequin head may not be the most charismatic model but he (David) does exactly what he’s meant to.


So if ever you find yourself wanting to practice but can never get someone to sit in for you, why not get one of these and have the freedom to practice what you want, when you want and for as long as you want?

Just a thought 😉

Catch you tomorrow,

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  1. Jim Roberts

    Wonder if you can spray paint it for different skin tones light, dark, alien?

    • Glyn Dewis

      I guess you could but I don’t really see the point to be honest Jim; this is just for practicing light placement

  2. Steven Gotz

    I have one I focus on when setting up, but I always seem to need to light people brighter than I can light Ichabod (from the story of the headless horseman). Especially when I am going for a more flat lighting arrangement for a female.

    I am looking for a flat matte paint that more closely matches the specular highlights of a human face. Any ideas? Should it be a semi-gloss instead? Or maybe a Satin?

    • Glyn Dewis

      Steven the mannequin finish isn’t a concern for me as I’m using it to practice lighting patterns. I’m never intent on using it so I get settings sorted for when I do a shoot with a live person because everyone skin and the location will make a difference. Knowing the position of the lighting (which is what this is for) will be easy and then using a light meter to get the correct exposure takes seconds.

  3. Darren Bushnall

    This is my assistant that never complains with the abuse I give and she works for much less than minimum wage!! Being some form of plastic the specular highlights can be a bit much if not careful but I think that this is what Steven Gotz is after but it wasn’t cheap! Can’t remember where she came from..probably Ebay.
    Oh and before anyone asks the webbing on her head is so the long brown wig I sometimes use doesn’t slip around 🙂


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