LIGHTING SET UP: One Light Portrait at the SWPP Conference

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: January 20, 2017

Category: Photography

Today I thought I’d show you one of the pictures that I took of Lewis during one of my 14 presentations at last weekends SWPP Conference in London, and also give you a look at the lighting set up…

Glyn Dewis SWPP Elinchrom

Ok so with regards to the set up, I used just one light, the Elinchrom ELB 400 and my favourite modifier, the Elinchrom Rotalux 135cm (50”) Octa Softbox and the purpose of this presentation was to show how quickly and easily you can set up your lighting once you’ve practiced it over and over again.

Glyn Dewis SWPP

The photo above was taken just before I set up the ‘steps’ shot but you can see pretty much the same set up.

Glyn Dewis Elinchrom

This lighting is achieved by placing the light to the side and front of your subject, high up and angled down. I tend to put the bottom of the modifier roughly in on the same level as the eyes. I also angle the modifier away from the model so that the light hitting them is incredibly soft (feathered edge) so the angle you see here in the diagram pretty much gives you a realistic idea of how much it is angled.

The background behind Lewis is a roll of grey paper that I have then added a texture to in Photoshop to make it a bit more interesting (I’ll be posting a video v.soon showing the retouching steps for this picture).

Like I said I’ll be posting a short video showing the retouching steps for this picture in the next few days, and if you’ve joined my newsletter group [LINK] you’ll also have access to the RAW file so you can follow along step by step too.

Right that’s all from me so if you have any questions feel free to post them below and I’ll catch you back here next time.


CLICK HERE to see a LARGER version of this picture over on my 500px portfolio page

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  1. Anthony Crothers

    Looks great buddy. Did you leave the texture on Lewis, or is there some other magic going on?

    • Glyn Dewis

      Hi Mate…thanks for this. Re texture…no used a layer mask to remove it off him but did do a few bits of post processing to enhance bits.

      • Anthony Crothers

        Cool, no doubt all will be revealed on the video. Looking forward to seeing that.
        It’s brilliant to see the final image after seeing you take the picture at the SWPP. Nice one buddy.

  2. Peter Simmons

    Hi Glyn,14 presentations?! 🙂 Saw you at the photography show in Birmingham last year. Really enjoyed your demo.

  3. Arturo

    Glyn, I’ve tried same set up but don’t seem to get enough shadow on side of face with less light. I’m using a 60” diffused umbrella, could that be the problem ?


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