Photographing a Robot PLUS Lighting Set Up

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: March 19, 2015

Category: General

This past weekend I was hired to photograph an editorial piece at the Imperial College London.

A number of set ups both indoors and outdoors on the streets on London were worked on throughout the day but one in particular most definitely appealed to my geeky side…photographing a Robot.

For this post I thought I’d give you a look at the final retouched picture and what the lighting set up was like.

So, here’s the final retouched picture…


The picture below shows the lighting set up and an overhead diagram to show the positioning of the light and reflector in relation to the robot…

Photographing on grey seamless meant that I had options of either easily cutting out the Robot to place it into a new background, or using a blend mode to drop in a new wall and floor and maintain the original shadows. To get the best of both worlds I ended up using a combination of techniques to place in the new scene.

Lighting was kept simple by using just one light; an Elinchrom Rotalux 70cm Square Softbox with Rotagrid fitted so as to give much more control of the light spill, and to fill in the the shadows a silver reflector was place on the opposite side of the Robot.

For those of you who like camera settings:

Canon 5D MK III
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 ISII
ISO 100, 88mm, f/11, 1/125 sec


For the past couple of weeks I’ve had to take some time out from recording new episodes of my weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom show on YouTube, but from next week normal service will resume. With that in mind, if any of you would like to see the retouching process for this picture from stsrt to finish I could look at putting something together for that…just let me know if you’d be interested.

Right that’s all from me for now; need to prepare for tonight’s talk at Wokingham Camera Club and then pack for Copenhagen tomorrow.

As always though, if you have any questions/comments feel free to make use of the comments section below or drop me an email to

Have a good one,

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  1. Stuart Thomson

    Very nice, what size was the Robot? and would love to see the retouching as a video 🙂

  2. John Gulizia

    I would love to see the retouching process as well. Thank you.

  3. Ian Macey

    It would be really great to see the retouching from start to finish. Thanks and have a fantastic time in Copenhagen.

  4. todd hobert

    I would be giddy to see the process for the reflections you added.

  5. graham detonator

    Yes please a nice retouch tutorial would be nice on the robot would come in handy for other still like objects and subjects glyn

  6. Stuart Kenney

    retouching process would be really beneficial please Glyn.


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