Shooting Fake Album Art with Friends

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: January 8, 2015

Category: General

Getting out and shooting just for the fun of it, to experiment and try out ideas, and best of all doing it all with friends is THE best way learn and discover new techniques, new looks and so it goes on…

Last weekend I did exactly that with friends of mine Lee Gorecki, JJ Jones and new friend Gaetano Giglio


Although we were just out shooting and experimenting, we still went out there with a theme. So, this time we took photographs with the idea that we were shooting album cover art for a ‘fake’ singer which in this case was Gaetano, who had brought along a mix of different clothing.

Below shows a one light set up using an Elinchrom RX600 and a Elinchrom 44cm Maxi Lite Reflector. Definitely one of my favourite light modifiers (when shooting outdoors) and which is great for mimicking the sun.

So for this shot, Lee positioned himself in front of Gaetano with the Maxi Lite pointing directly at his chest and exposed 2 stops over; the result of which you can see a little further down…


Resulting image from set up above:


Another of the shots wanted to be


The resulting image from the set up above:


I guess we were out shooting for a couple of hours or so before the cold took hold, the fog got thicker and Gaetano’s feet turned blue so we then called it a day and headed off for a bite to eat. Whilst packing up I grabbed a few quick portraits of the guys using one light and the Elinchrom 44cm Square Reflector and Grid; this one below is of JJ using my Invisible Black Background technique.


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

Have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.


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  1. Brian Worley

    These portraits are really cool, looks like you and the guys had a great few hours of fun.

    The last picture of JJ with the invisible black background shows how well the invisible black background technique works and makes me want to see how the 44cm beauty dish I have compares to the square one you are using.

  2. DaveT

    Great post Glyn, good to see these behind the scenes posts again; they are so useful.

    Hope to see more of them in the future.

  3. Kyle Russell

    I really enjoy seeing the lighting set ups. As a beginner it’s so insightful to me. Out of curiosity I’ve a Godox battery pack coming to me in the post. Are you happy with yours? Thanks

  4. Mark Wood

    Hiya mate excellent as ever. If you could do a Post Process post on the portraits that would be just ace. Thanks again for all your work on here its appreciated.



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