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