Having shared a new portrait a couple of days ago on social media I thought I’d follow up with a post giving a look Behind the Scenes at the lighting set up.
The photo shoot was with my friend Barry King; himself a great photographer who just happens to live fairly local to myself (just can’t believe we’ve not got together until now).
If you’ve followed my work for a while now you’ll know that I favour using just one light but for this portrait I fancied experimenting just a little by adding in an additional light in the form of a strip box as you can see below…
So the idea here was to light Barry using my one light set up with a light to the front and side to give the Rembrandt lighting style. For this I used the Westcott Rapid Box Switch Beauty Dish (the Joel Grimes model); a great modifier that is not only extremely well built, but can be set up extremely quickly (hence the name Rapid Box) and used with pretty much every other studio light on the market and speedlight by using an adaptor.
With this light in place giving light on one side of Barry’s face and shadow on the other except for a triangular pattern of light on his cheek (see picture A below) I then added in the 2nd light; a 1 x 3 Westcott Rapid Box Strip Box positioned horizontal to the ground, above and slightly back of Barry so that the light fell onto his head and shoulders.
You can see the result of the lighting using one light (A) and then with the additional Strip Box (B) which lifts Barry by adding a little bit of light to his head / hair and shoulders. Because of the positioning of Strip Box you can see between A and B that exposure on Barry’s face and arms remained the same between both set ups so mixing the two light together was just a matter of metering each independently.
Some folks on Instagram asked if the background was also lit but it’s actually just the pattern. Oh and this was a material background Barry purchased from Amazon, for I believe he said £25. Must admit I’m well impressed with the look I think I’ll be heading over to Amazon as soon as I finish this post.
For those interested, here’s the camera kit and settings I used:
- Sony A7RII
- Sony 85mm F/1.4 G-Master
- MT055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod
- Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket
- TetherTools Cable into Capture One on MacBook Pro
- Elinchrom ELB 400 HS (in Strip Box)
- Elinchrom D-Lite RX One (in Beauty Dish)
- Westcott Rapid Box Switch Beauty Dish (Joel Grimes)
- Westcott Rapid Box Switch 1 x 3
- 1/60 sec
- ISO 100
Here’s the final retouched portrait edited in Lightroom and Photoshop and colourised using a combination of my Look Up Tables…
As always if you have any questions / comments then please feel free to make use of the comments section below.
In the very near future I’m going to be recording a full length tutorial for this style of portrait including the kit used used, set up, photo shoot and retouching PLUS how to create a similar look using speedlights so if there’s anything else you’d like me to include in there then let me know in the comments section…thanks