High fashion - low effort photography lighting
On location photo shoots are exciting. Especially when the subject is glamour, fashion or nude. I am really loving these type of photography and I would like to share my shoots with you in form of a new program, which I am going to post here on SmokingStrobes every 3rd Thursday of the month. It’s named “On Location Photography” and it’s going to be a behind the scenes look into my photo shoots on location. Of course with a good deal of explanation regarding the why and the how of the lighting we are using.
To start off I compiled the footage I and the photographs I took in the “Cool-1 Bar” in Beijing, when photographing a fashion collection. So it’s about high fashion photography lighting with Speedlights. It shows that even high fashion photography is no longer governed by rich white men with their cascade of octabanks (which is no offense to octabanks - they are awesome). Have a look how it is done:
The lighting diagram is pretty simple. Note that all photos where taken with one and the same camera setting. All speedlights are on TTL. So at the end of the day, it’s nothing but TTL which compensated for different situation, different poses and most of all different distances of the models to the lightsources.
The shoot required us to photograph 6 garments with two models in 2 hours. This type of briefing is something that usually makes me seriously nervous. How about you give me a day or two? But two HOURS? Usually this is simply a no-go and directly makes me search for a way to pussy out of the assignment. But then again, isn’t it the challenging stuff that makes of life interesting? So I did it and actually the photos turned out not too shabby.
But still, don’t try this at home. I mean, if possible at all, take your time to build a photo, don’t hurry throught the shoot. With that being said, I can highly recommend the simple lighting setup that we used. A high fashion photo shoot lighting with nothing but 4 speedlights might sound ridiculous to the one or the other photographer, but trust me on this one, it’s working beautifully.
Some photos from this photo shoot
Models: He Min and Sasha
Fashion: Emily Wei
Photography: Michael Zelbel
Postproduction: Gina Hernandez
Graphic Design: AlexZlatev
I wish you good light!