My Favourite Lighting Style for Adding Drama / Atmosphere and Muscles

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: May 1, 2013

Category: General

Hi Everyone,

How’s it going?

Well last night was blast! A really great time with such a wonderful group of folks and the perfect end to this week’s High5 Workshop.

Well I say ‘end’ but today we were walking around the wonderful City of Heidelberg taking photos, chatting and generally taking some time out to socialise, answer questions and so on…

For today’s post I just want to touch briefly on minimal / limited lighting.

It’s definitely one of my favourite lighting set ups and one that I use very often when photographing Bodybuilders and Physique Athletes because I love the way it not only adds drama but emphasises muscle definition.

You can see in this Behind the Scenes photo from our recent High5 Workshop where I’m photographing the Caped Crusader using just two gridded strip boxes:

Thanks to my friend Oliver Kremer for the Behind the Scenes Photograph

This is pretty much an identical lighting set up for images such as the ones you can see in this grid. Sure the angle of the lights and height can vary to emphasise the muscle a little more and add deeper shadows but 99% of time I’m using just the two lights:

The other great thing I love about shooting this way is that it can be done anywhere at virtually any time, indoors or outside when combined with my Invisible Black Background technique.

I absolutely LOVE this technique! You can check it out here [Link]

Oh one more thing…I’ll post the final versions of the Batman ‘Caped Crusader’ pictures in a couple of days so you can see how this lighting style works on a Super Hero 🙂

Right time to make a move as it’s my last night in Germany before head home to the UK.

Enjoy the rest of your day and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow,


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  1. Morgana

    My favourite lighting set up too – brilliant 🙂

    • Glyn

      Love it 🙂

  2. Jonathan Thompson

    I’m going to give this a go with one of my dancers. He won’r be as bulked up but the principle will be the same.
    Thanks for inspiring 🙂

    • Glyn

      Sure thing Jonathan


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