It was after we’d recently shot the British and Irish Lions campaign and we wanted to simplify the lighting as much as possible but still produce high-quality work.
So we kept it very simple. One light and one backdrop (white colorama). Focusing on capturing strong movement and shadows. Creating punchy colours and shapes with simple lighting for everyone’s portfolios. Lennie Charls, Jenny Pacey, Wayne Gordon, Amy Guy, Chloe Museli, Anna Britton, Adrian Grant, Jamie Klingler.
Below the images is a video which gives a quick run through of how these images were taken. With one flash head to freeze the action and avoid camera blur. For more photography insights see the creative portfolio.
Here the lighting was soft and big. So not the usual contrast and punch for advertising shoots like Sneijder Nike , Istanbul. Softboxes and diffused umbrellas were moved around each different location. Naturally battery monobloc lights (Profoto B1 500, Broncolor Siros 800w, Elinchrom ELC ProHD 500/1000w) help you to move fast around the location. Always using a light meter (sekonic) to measure the daylight and the two flash heads individually and then together.
The Om Magazine photoshoot has similar lighting as this too is for lifestyle and healthy living client. With no dark contrast to the lighting. Clean and light.
As you can see in the behind the scenes vimeo video below we had two colorama set-ups. One pink and one yellow. The pink backdrop worked best. We used Profoto and Elinchrom lights and also hired a Bowens light from the studio to help as an above light on both sets. To clean up the floor space behind the model and also light the hair a little more.
The pink set had two side lights lighting the the backdrop and model, an above light and also a main light. With the light’s power correctly balanced this gave an all over nice quality of lighting. Commercial and clean for magazines. The yellow backdrop had two lights and we would borrow a light from the pink set if we needed.
There’s more behind the scenes videos on my vimeo channel, like the Nike Hypervenom 2 shoot in Istanbul or gyro / Jabra Sport shoot in London. You’ve also got some yogahaven videos we were commissioned for of their retreats and teacher trainings in Morocco and Italy.