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KADIVEiMAGE

Posts: 68

Forest Hills, New York, US

Frederic Photography wrote:
My contribution to this wonderful thread !

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_wvWbhgds6hE/Su_L8PyUP0I/AAAAAAAACrI/gRR84Wx_34Q/LightingSetup%282%29.gif

http://modelmayhm-1.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/091016/22/4ad951c137fc5.jpg

Here is my simple but effective setup !

DO you know the F stops you use?

Nov 05 09 04:01 am Link

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Frederic Photography

Posts: 23

Los Angeles, California, US

Quote :
DO you know the F stops you use?

Yep f5.6 !

Nov 05 09 10:59 pm Link

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PAVEL KONDRATIEV

Posts: 2

Moscow, Moscow, Russia

http://pics.livejournal.com/metall_cello/pic/000wzhty.jpg

Regarding the background light. Its not critical reflector can be halo. Can soft box is a gradient or exactly highlighted background. You can do without the background. Regarding the power devices.

Values are for Rekam master 600. That is, these devices the maximum pulse power of 600 joules, and the minimum 30. For stripboks need to put impetus on 90 joules F90. Background to try, it all depends on the distance model to the background.

Nov 07 09 04:29 am Link

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Panascape Photography

Posts: 143

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2556/4017383562_357f52f419.jpg

Print on HP backlit material behind model with 2m Wafer soft box behind the print.
SB-900 with orange gel, between the print and the hay bales pointing upwards at a poly board angled at 45°.
Entire front of the set covered by a huge sheet of white cloth forming a box around the front.
2 x Bowens mono lights, one camera left and one camera right angled to provide fill by bouncing off the cloth and the white ceiling.
1 x Bowens DX 750 Pro Mono with beauty dish, shooting through the cloth towards the model.
1 x SB-900 camera right with orange gel and Strobies beauty dish aimed at the models face.

I knows its a complicated setup, but the combination of the illuminated background and the lighting was to try make the picture look like natural lighting.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2628/4029339851_d4f72019fc.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2754/4050402868_3cd5b2f3a7.jpg Beauty dish moved to camera right for the above shot.

Nov 07 09 01:21 pm Link

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Brian Rolfe Photography

Posts: 495

Benfleet, England, United Kingdom

ok I've got a simple but effective one for you...

clamshell set up, medium softbox on floor angled up around 45 degrees and gridded & socked beauty dish about 2 feet above model angled down... model is standing and about 2/3 feet from lights

http://modelmayhm-8.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/091105/09/4af309c9bcd75.jpg

Nov 07 09 01:51 pm Link

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PhotographLayne

Posts: 179

Lockhart, Texas, US

BR_Photographic wrote:
ok I've got a simple but effective one for you...

clamshell set up, medium softbox on floor angled up around 45 degrees and gridded & socked beauty dish about 2 feet above model angled down... model is standing and about 2/3 feet from lights

http://modelmayhm-8.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/091105/09/4af309c9bcd75.jpg

Very nice.

Nov 07 09 03:58 pm Link

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J Nicholas Photography

Posts: 1485

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Tuesday bumpity back to the top.

Nov 11 09 02:43 pm Link

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Starscream Visions

Posts: 1196

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

bumpity bump bump!

Nov 11 09 04:21 pm Link

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Mister Sifuentes

Posts: 1015

San Antonio, Texas, US

A shoot I did a few weeks ago.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2663/4044608062_b347c99e65_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3194/4044037393_08f0621828.jpg

Nov 12 09 06:43 pm Link

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Starlight Studios

Posts: 9

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

Love this post!

Nov 14 09 10:28 pm Link

Hair Stylist

Skip Gue

Posts: 188

Miami, Florida, US

Keepr goin!

Nov 15 09 05:24 am Link

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Starlight Studios

Posts: 9

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

NSE Films wrote:

I'm not entirely sure I understand what you're asking.  But basically, f/number stats (at least the way I include them) are indicating what aperture my light meter reading gave me when I set the flash to a certian power and a certain distance.

For example, I want my mainlight to be correctly exposed, but also want some rim light in there, one stop over exposed.  For arguments sake, I'll decide I want to shoot at f/16, so I'll place my mainlight and power it up till I get a reading of f/16 on my meter (taking an incident reading).  Then I'll set up my rim light and power it up till I get a reading of f/22 on my meter (again, taking an incident reading).  I will then set my camera to f/16; the mainlight comes out exposed correctly and the rimlight, as my meter gave me a reading of f/22, ends up one stop over exposed.

Understand?

So when I write f/11 on my diagram, I'm referring to the incident meter reading I was given.

God bless you. I've been looking for that answer forever!

Nov 17 09 06:09 pm Link

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Starlight Studios

Posts: 9

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

NSE Films wrote:

I'm not entirely sure I understand what you're asking.  But basically, f/number stats (at least the way I include them) are indicating what aperture my light meter reading gave me when I set the flash to a certian power and a certain distance.

For example, I want my mainlight to be correctly exposed, but also want some rim light in there, one stop over exposed.  For arguments sake, I'll decide I want to shoot at f/16, so I'll place my mainlight and power it up till I get a reading of f/16 on my meter (taking an incident reading).  Then I'll set up my rim light and power it up till I get a reading of f/22 on my meter (again, taking an incident reading).  I will then set my camera to f/16; the mainlight comes out exposed correctly and the rimlight, as my meter gave me a reading of f/22, ends up one stop over exposed.

Understand?

So when I write f/11 on my diagram, I'm referring to the incident meter reading I was given.

God bless you. I've been looking for that answer forever!

Nov 17 09 06:09 pm Link

Photographer

Jan G

Posts: 4

Irvine, California, US

X-processed FashionWerk wrote:
The shot:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2587/3978263234_0b535d85db_o.jpg

The setup:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2589/4005354830_f5b4aebb78_o.jpg

No PP pretty much, in-camera b/w

Awesome photo! Thanks for sharing.

Nov 18 09 04:00 am Link

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Larsh Photography

Posts: 29

North Augusta, South Carolina, US

This is an amazing post.....very benificial to the learning photographer, I will definitly come back to this one again and again!  Thanks everyone for shareing your knowledge!

Nov 18 09 01:36 pm Link

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Hipek

Posts: 36

London, England, United Kingdom

metall-cello wrote:
http://pics.livejournal.com/metall_cello/pic/000wzhty.jpg

I olways thing about this lighting setup when I stay in shop front to the mirror,

Nov 19 09 04:17 am Link

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Marco Vallentin

Posts: 1122

København, Hovedstaden, Denmark

In September 2009, I won the titel "Artist of the Month" on www.ModelInsider.com :

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2544/3974400215_9c555ba81b_o.jpg

The middle picture is of the Dutch Suicide Girl "I Am Kip" (MM #220346),
and here is how I shot her, at Etxea Erasmus Executive Guest Suites,
in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

I wanted my front lights to paint an almost shadow-free look,
but also wanted to create a distinct separation between Kip and the background.

( all five heads used are Elinchrom Style Fx400s )

I used two hairlights/kickers. One of them was mounted to an AutoPole via a MagicArm,
and the other one via an ArticulatedArm and SuperClamp to the hinge of the window frame:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2526/4128238611_82efb81792_o.jpg
All cables were carefully hidden to allow full fredom of shooting,
and to keep Photoshoping an option, and NOT a necesity !

For the hairlights/kickers, I used 8"/50degree reflectors, with accessory holders,
32 dregree grids, barndoors, and Rosco ½CTB.

I later added Rosco CineFoil to both heads to further increase control/minimise flare,
and I also always use a sheet of Rosco ToughFrost between the reflector and grid,
for improved efficiancy / less hotspotting.

The room looked like this:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2691/4129007732_4f0b4d4d29_o.jpg
In front of the bed is a large cupboad with a 16/9 television on top.
This TV was unplugged and moved into annother room.
On each side of the cupboard I placed two AutoPoles.
Between them, I connected a piece of MultiTube.
To the multitube I connected my Key head with a Profoto 4x6'RF SoftBox.

Even with both diffusers in place, the Profoto box has serious hotspotting issues (!),
so over the tube I also used Elins translucent deflector (#26305) 
 
For fill, I used two 40" transparant brollies, one in each corner of the room.
These were positioned low (to not add light to the top of the bed)
and were gelled warmer than my key, by sheets of Rosco ½CTO

I was shooting simultaneously with two cameras;
an EOS20D and Mamiya 645 ( with Kodak EPP100 ).

On the 20D I wanted to use my EF 28-80mm f/2,8-4 (L) USM.

To do this, I had to sit inside the cupboard and shoot !

[ Etxea Erasmus is a "sex-hotel" that primarily caters for homosexual guests.
Kip and a handfull other MM-models I got to shoot during this particular trip,
had much fun over the fact that I wasn't a homo "climbing out of the cupboard"
- but rather a hetero climbing INTO it wink ]

To also record the rooms tungsten bedside lamps,
I used 1/30 sec shuttertime - and a tripod - still inside the cupboard !

On the 645 I was shooting Kodak EPP @ ISO100, so I didn't want to change ISO setting on my 20D,
as this could have created unnecesary confusions...

I decided to shoot at a target apperture of f/4,
and wanted my fill to be ½EV lower.

f/4 - ½EV is f/2,8½ which was the setting for my key.

Half of f/2,8½ is f/2,0½, but since I was using TWO fill souces
each one was rated at f/1,4½

One of the heads couldn't be adjusted down to this low setting by electronic means,
so I had to add a piece of Rosco ND4, and re-adjust for f/1,4½

Each of the kickers were set for f/2,8½. The two of them combined would meter at f/4½,
but I like blond hair to record a bit on the hot side, and this also looks GREAT on film ;-)


During one of Kips costume changes, I also added a SpeedLite under the bed,
gelled yellow, and controlled by a radioremote:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2634/4128239485_e8d0d8b8d6_o.jpg


This is my favorite picture from our shoot:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3519/3945119163_5ddb99a038.jpg
(click for large version)

The collage on the wall, is selected works by fellow DeMask-photographer Trevor Watson,
and is in every way left there intentionally.
The lower part of the frame is lifted about half an inch away from the wall, by a small piece of clay,
to minimise reflections from the large Profoto softbox.

( picture of my location kit here )

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edit: to answer a few mails about my set-up, let me stress
that ceiling bounce was NOT an option in this particular room.

Nov 23 09 11:51 am Link

Photographer

DC Chavez

Posts: 351

Redondo Beach, California, US

A setup from a shoot the other day..

http://dcchavez.com/blog/pan_bts.jpg

DC Chavez
http://www.dcchavez.com/theblog

Nov 24 09 10:18 am Link

Photographer

Urs H

Posts: 1

Mettmenstetten, Zurich, Switzerland

Nothing really special, but I just wanted to give something back to this great thread smile

http://modelmayhm-4.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/091104/11/4af1d3578eb78.jpg

http://www.uhphoto.ch/photos/Setup_DSC6728.gif

Dec 01 09 09:22 am Link

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Eduardo Frances

Posts: 3227

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Someone is posting these setups and photos in a blog: http://lightingtutorials.blogspot.com/ Dunno if you people agreed to this thing but in case you didn´t I wanted to let you know.

Dec 01 09 09:43 pm Link

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PhotographLayne

Posts: 179

Lockhart, Texas, US

Thunder Bump!!!

Dec 02 09 05:54 am Link

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Eye Designz Photography

Posts: 487

Hamilton, Hamilton, Bermuda

My Contribution. This photo got Honorable mention in the 2009 Bermudian Magazine Photographic Competition. Theme: "The Light Fantastic"

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2510/4156229719_822b53dbc7.jpg

Setup

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2646/4156229737_e29f07e9b7.jpg

Camera: Nikon D3x
Two strobes with bounce umbrellas for fill, mini slave strobe inside of Bible(bouncing off of pages), bare strobe behind model. Exposed for the mini strobe so fill is next to nothing. Shot on Black Background.
Model - Mayhem #729086

Dec 03 09 05:42 pm Link

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NightLightStudio

Posts: 3

Crandall, Texas, US

I love this thread. Thanks a ton for the Lighting Digram PSD file. That thing is awesome. I thought I'd share a shot I did over the weekend.

Diagram:
http://www.timtruelove.com/images/tt_LightingSetup_diagram.jpg

PS: I hate hooting in the rain...or even in the drizzle. I kept getting droplets on the lens and the UV kept fogging up. I had 29 models to shoot through during a 4 hour period. It was hectic.

Photos of the Setup and Set:
http://www.timtruelove.com/images/tt_LightingSetup_photo1.jpg

http://www.timtruelove.com/images/tt_LightingSetup_photo2.jpg

And the result:
http://www.timtruelove.com/images/hishers-0149.jpg
http://www.timtruelove.com/images/hishers-2-3.jpg

Dec 07 09 07:52 pm Link

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Anton Edvard Kristensen

Posts: 1

Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway

Well here is my shot and setup smile

the setup:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2478/4172698293_d419bd61d2_o.jpg

and the result smile

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2618/4171363602_a7614446d0_b.jpg

Dec 09 09 06:40 pm Link

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Blackula Photography

Posts: 782

Los Angeles, California, US

ok this thread seriously needs to make a comeback !!

Dec 20 09 01:35 am Link

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ARPEGGIO

Posts: 502

Orange, California, US

3 Speedotron 2403 packs, 3 Speedotron 102 heads and 1 Speedotron 103 head.

Main: Speedotron 103 head in a 22" Speedotron Beauty dish with Speedotron Grid

Background light: 1 Speedotron 102 head with 7" reflector covered in tough frost

Rim Lights: 2 Speedotron 102 heads with 7" reflectors covered in tough frost.

Silver reflector at models waist level.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4218763263_1cca68dca6.jpg

http://modelmayhm-7.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/091221/20/4b30498b7f247.jpg

Dec 27 09 09:39 am Link

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rfordphotos

Posts: 4886

Antioch, California, US

my meager contribution to a very informative thread...



http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4224570214_8da65e6c38_o.jpg



http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4048/4224577114_5efd182e16_o.jpg

Dec 28 09 08:44 pm Link

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Tom Couture

Posts: 218

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Brandon Ching wrote:
OK OK... from a shoot the other night.

http://www.brandonching.com/diagrams/LightingSetup_7115.gif
http://www.brandonching.com/gallery/albums/kayko_01-11-07/IMG_7115_landscape.jpg

I was actually bummed out when I realized this was a composite. Done well but still, I don't see why that couldn't have been shot all at once to achieve the same result.

Dec 29 09 05:07 pm Link

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Marc Mansville

Posts: 12

Brno, Jihomoravsky, Czech Republic

Thanks to all those who placed their setups here. This thread is the real thing. I am sure, I will come back here also next year.

http://marco.herrndorff.com/mm/LightingSetup_002_Linda.jpg

Greets from Prague (Czech Republic, Europe),

Happy New Year 2010!

Marco

Dec 31 09 10:44 am Link

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Mariusz Jeglinski

Posts: 67

Laguna Niguel, California, US

2010 Bump and contribution:

http://www.mariuszjeglinski.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Anna1.jpg

http://www.mariuszjeglinski.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Anna2.jpg

http://www.mariuszjeglinski.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Anna3.jpg

http://www.mariuszjeglinski.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Anna4.jpg

Setup:

http://www.mariuszjeglinski.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Anna-setup.jpg


www.MariuszJeglinski.com

Jan 04 10 11:50 am Link

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akigrafie

Posts: 2

Tuttlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Another one to keep this great thread updated! ;-)

http://www.akigrafie.de/skunk.jpg

http://www.akigrafie.de/LightingSetup.jpg


Greets from the snowy Germany...
www.akigrafie.de

Jan 09 10 12:24 pm Link

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L Cowles Photography

Posts: 833

Corona, California, US

So much great stuff here.  It's hard to get to everything that was posted.

Don't know if this was posted before, but Lowell has a neat tool to show how light shows on a model.  You can move your curser to various postions and the light moves with it.

Great tool for a newbie.

http://www.lowel.com/edu/foundations_of_lighting.html

Jan 12 10 07:44 am Link

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KashifJ

Posts: 140

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Another tool to understand light position:

http://www.photoworkshop.com/static/lig … index.html

Jan 13 10 08:02 am Link

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PhotographLayne

Posts: 179

Lockhart, Texas, US

BBBBBBBBBUUUUUUMMMMMPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan 18 10 08:22 pm Link

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PhotographLayne

Posts: 179

Lockhart, Texas, US

Double Post....

Jan 18 10 08:22 pm Link

Photographer

DaveDavis

Posts: 7853

Roseville, California, US

I have a Shooting with the Beauty Dish/Stripbox tutorial here: Shooting with the Beauty Dish

Dave
Dave Davis Photography

Jan 19 10 12:56 pm Link

Photographer

Marc Mansville

Posts: 12

Brno, Jihomoravsky, Czech Republic

akigrafie wrote:
Another one to keep this great thread updated! ;-)

http://www.akigrafie.de/skunk.jpg

http://www.akigrafie.de/LightingSetup.jpg


Greets from the snowy Germany...
www.akigrafie.de

I just wonder about the reflex in her sunglasses. A plane's cabin interior?

Jan 23 10 02:32 am Link

Photographer

akigrafie

Posts: 2

Tuttlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

m-fotoMarco wrote:
I just wonder about the reflex in her sunglasses. A plane's cabin interior?

That was made in PS.

Jan 24 10 02:23 am Link

Photographer

Ishmon Portrait Designs

Posts: 66

Dallas, Texas, US

I LOVE this thread and I'm enjoying all the different light techniques, but, I'm fairly new and I can't TAKE it anymore!!! LOL......what does "Bump" mean????

Jan 24 10 05:00 pm Link

Photographer

robert christopher

Posts: 2680

Snohomish, Washington, US

Ishmon Portrait Designs wrote:
I LOVE this thread and I'm enjoying all the different light techniques, but, I'm fairly new and I can't TAKE it anymore!!! LOL......what does "Bump" mean????

bump just moves the topic up a few notches, we try and keep this on the first page because it is such a valuable asset to this site

Jan 24 10 05:19 pm Link