Pumping Iron: New Picture + Lighting Set Up

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: August 24, 2015

Category: Photography

Ok so I thought I’d kick the week off with another Behind the Scenes, to show the lighting from another recent new picture, with this one being on location in a gym…


Now if you’ve been a regular reader of this blog you may recall similar looking lighting from another gym shoot a while back now; one that I wrote about and did a behind the scenes look at. For the full write up on that shoot CLICK HERE but to give you a quick look, the picture below is one of the results and this series was all taken using natural light and just one silver reflector…
_I0A9265-Edit-2The difference with this more recent gym shoot was that unlike the one above, we had no natural light coming in through windows. So, this is where certain lights and modifiers are rigged up to try and replicate the look that the natural light gave me before.

To do this I set up the lights as below…

Behind Daniel, high up and pointing down so that it hit his shoulders and head I used an Elinchrom Rotalux 130cm x 50cm strip box in a horizontal position; this did a great job of replicating the ceiling lights.

Then to the front of Daniel I used an Elinchrom Rotalux 135cm Octa, again high up and aimed straight down to the floor about 2ft in front. Directly on the floor in the position where the light from the Octa was hitting I positioned the California Sunbounce Mini Reflector (Silver/White) with the silver side up because I love the metallic look this adds to the subject and which I feel works a treat when going for a Black & White conversion.


To knock the background out of focus so that in what is a busy environment with lots of equipment around eyes are drawn to Daniel, I shot wide open at f/1.8

This is made possible because of the incredibly low power the lights I’m using can go down to (Elinchrom ELC 1000’s go from 8ws up to 1000ws) but also because I used a 1 stop neutral density filter over the lens.

So there you go, a quick look at another lighting set up to kick the week off and as always if you have any questions/comments then please feel free to make use of the comments section below and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

Have a great start to the week and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.


•Check out the LARGE version of this picture of Daniel over on my 500px portfolio page by CLICKING HERE


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