dramatic lighting

Studio Setup: Beauty Constant Light

Here are all the amazing photos from this studio day with Sarah Lund (hair), Neeha Pindiproli (model), Julius (the snake, provided by the amazing Andrea Joi), Sugar Gay Isber (earrings), and Kela Charms (hair charms).

I normally like using strobes because I find that they result in sharper images. However, during this shoot I experienced technical difficulties, resulting in one of the strobes not going off. Because of this, I had to use continuous lighting in order to proceed with the shoot.

I have to say, this turned out better than I could have ever imagined!

I do want to clarify that I don’t own any lights; I used the model lights on my strobes for the lighting.

Lighting Diagram

Click on image to open the website I used to create this lighting diagram!

Click on image to open the website I used to create this lighting diagram!

I placed a strobe (only using the model light) with a giant silver umbrella about 6 ft away from the model; the light was at a 45 degree upper angle, and the light was hitting the model straight on. I put two black flags on each side of the model, and a big silver reflector on the model’s lap. Additionally, I liked the grey background (the backdrop was actually white), but I didn’t like how the light was casting a shadow in the background, so I just moved the model up until the shadows were done!

Camera Settings

Camera: Sony A7R iii

Lens: Sony 18-105mm F4 G OSS

Aperture: 5.6

Shutter speed: 100

ISO: 300

Final Words

It sucks when you experience technical difficulties during a shoot, but figuring out a new solution with different lighting technique often results in something that is better than you would think!

Be sure to follow everyone on the team:

https://www.instagram.com/jaybrans/

https://www.instagram.com/sarah.lovekm/

https://www.instagram.com/_neeha/

https://www.instagram.com/pryde.and.joi/

https://www.instagram.com/sugargayisber/

https://www.instagram.com/kela_official/

Studio Setup: Dramatic Figure Lighting

I’m a big fan of beauty lighting--it’s easy to set up, it makes the highlights pop to the heavens. That being said, I did want to experiment with a few different lighting techniques during my shoot with the wonderful Nick from Mazza models.

Out of the many different lighting setups I chose my favorite to share with you all today!

Inspiration

Before I dive into the lighting setup, I’d like to touch on how I decided on this lighting.

One day when I was browsing through Instagram, I came across this photo on Austin model Mark Rector’s page (@markrec_):

Click on the image to see the original post!   Photo: Carlos Medel (@carlosmdlfoto and @chilebravoproductora) | Grooming: Jorge Buccio (@bucciojb) | Model: Mark Rector (@markrec_)

Click on the image to see the original post!

Photo: Carlos Medel (@carlosmdlfoto and @chilebravoproductora) | Grooming: Jorge Buccio (@bucciojb) | Model: Mark Rector (@markrec_)

I loved this image because of the subtle ethereal glow from the light that was surrounding Mark. I also loved the dramatic lighting that highlighted the hair and enhanced Mark’s features.

Because I loved the lighting in this image so much, I decided to give my personal twist on it. Since I loved how the light was wrapping around Mark’s figure, I wanted to intensify that in my personal lighting setup.

On top of this, I thought this might be a good lighting for fitness photography. I imagine the lighting to highlight all the muscles on the model’s body, so instead of a turtle neck, I thought it might be cool for the model to have a minimal wardrobe (if any).

I do want to note that I think the photo that sparked my original inspiration was a campaign shoot for American Crew (@americancrew), a male grooming product company. I believe that this is why they chose to go with a turtleneck to avoid distractions within the image.

Click the image to go to the website I used to create this diagram!

Click the image to go to the website I used to create this diagram!

Lighting Diagram

I placed a medium sized softbox right behind the model to give that ethereal glow. Quite frankly I would have went with a bigger softbox if I could, but I did not have that option. (Because of this I had to stick to a fairly tight frame, limiting me to upper body shots at most.)

If you don’t have a softbox to place right behind the model, I think putting a white/sheer shower curtain behind the model, and then use a big light source (big octobox, softbox, etc) to light the back of the subject would work perfectly as well.

I then placed a 22’ beauty dish with a white diffuser on top at a 45 degree angle to the subject to create a dramatic Rembrandt lighting.

I also want to note that every one of these images are taken from a low angle (even though some of them look as if the camera was at eye level).

Settings

Camera: Sony A7R iii

Lens: Sony 18-105mm F4 G OSS

Aperture: 7.1

Shutter speed: 160

ISO: 100

Final Words

I loved this shoot so much! Thank you Nick for doing such an amazing job with your hair; thank you Mazza Models for setting up this shoot!

I hope you get a chance to test out this lighting.

Be sure to follow Nick and Mazza Models:

https://www.instagram.com/nick_mcc_/

https://www.instagram.com/mazzamodels/