The into the light workshop is a day of contrasts. I teach the delegates interior boudoir and beauty portraits using continuous light while Martin Hill teaches exterior bridal and fashion portraits using flash. Both groups of delegates shoot all the set ups to ensure they learn a great mix of systems and techniques.

01. Chloe Tweedie was my fabulous model for this workshop. I lit this scene with a Lupo 800 spotlight to simulate the sun.

Working with the Lupo was simple and effective as we could all shoot together from different angles and we could see what we were getting all the time. I shot with my Fuji X100  in aperture priority mode and my Canon 5D mk 2 in Manual. This kind of mix and match keeps my brain active. The low key shots taken in the afternoon challenged the ideas and shooting methods the most. Take a look at a few of my frames

02. To keep everyone happy I've included some monochrome and colour pictures in this set. I try to minimise the colours in my scene and the clothing to keep the gamut small. My preference is monochrome for this kind of shoot.

Make up was by Vicki Waghorn. I can’t begin to stress how important Vicki is on my team. She is a good friend to the models, a great make up and hair artist and keeps a check on me too.





07. A switch of light and shooting position covered all the bases and eventualities of lighting a bed scene with one Lupolux 800.

08. A top shot taken on the X100.



11. A beauty shot taken into the light.



14. I got to light this scene with the new Lupolux Quad soft light. It is a very versatile rigid soft light. There is no soft box to assemble it is just plug and play.

15. By shooting into the light and being careful with the exposure some subtle shadow tones can start to become interesting.


17. Shot using natural light. It's all about controlling the light and creating a mood.




21. We even had a cheek triangle moment.




25. I then brought out my in camera softening device and gave the delegates the chance to give it a go. It stems from the time before Photoshop when what I shot in camera is what made it onto the transparency. I still like to use this home-made device today some 25 years after I made it. It is perfect for ballet shoots. I used the new Lupolux Quad to light the gorgeous Chloe.

26. Negative space delivers isolation. My magic water reflector and the Lupolux 1200 light was put to good use in the adjacent bedroom.



29. I love smouldering looks in the shadows. Just enough detail to deliver a great print and an interesting shadow too.

30. Here it is in colour. The point of light is from a distant Lupolux Quad brought into play to control shadow contrast.

31. I used a Lupolux 1200 and my Venetian blind to light this sequence.




These shots represent just one half of the one day workshop. Martin’s shots will get blogged soon. I’m excited to see how he got on. We had a great buzz at Kingscotte house and we’d love you to join us on the next ‘Into The Light‘ workshop. You will find a cheeky 11 minute video of me here using a Lupolux light to light a bed scene with the amazing Stina Sanders.

Please feel free to comment on these pictures or discuss the day if you were lucky enough to have been there.

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15 Responses

  1. Aryan Aqajani

    I really like your lighting technique specially with continuous lights. I have a full kit of Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX but I would love to try continuous lighting these days. After watching your videos, I came to this conclusion that Lupolux 800 might be a good option for me to start, specially since it can run on battery as well. Now, my questions are;

    1. although it is continuous light, how do you compare it to Quadra regarding the quality and dimensionality of the light?
    2. Is it portable enough like Quadra to easily take to locations?
    3. Comparing it to Arri, which one do you prefer?


    • damien

      Hi Aryan,

      Thanks for your compliments. Consider the 800 to be a mains light that can occasionally be used via an inverter/ battery.

      1, Totally different to the quadra as the Lupolux 800 is a lensed hard light and is only a fraction of the output ie: ISO 800, 1/60th at f/4 instead of ISO 100, 1/200th at f22. I use the Quadra outside (and occasionally inside) and the Lupolux inside.
      2. Yes it fits in a bag that is easy to carry and like the Quadra it uses lighting stands etc that are less easy to carry.
      3. I use the Arri at night under tungsten conditions where light levels are also lower and I use the Lupolux during daylight hours and in the studio.

      I hope this helps.


    • damien

      Hi Richard,

      I’ve just finished the picture selection and the edit is almost complete. I’m hoping to have the new ‘Simply Boudoir’ HD video available for download by the end of April. It really is just a case of crossing ‘T’s and dotting ‘i’s. We may or may not produce a DVD version, that is still to be decided as the vast majority of our video sales are for download now. A DVD version will have to be more expensive to meet the high costs of authorship and production.

      Thanks for your compliments,


  2. Aryan Aqajani

    Thanks for your prompt reply Damien. I think the output of Lupolux 800 is quite enough for my indoor shooting scenarios since I love to shoot at the largest possible aperture anyway. I mainly shoot Kodak Tri-X 400@800-1600 or Kodak Porta 400. When I am indoor, I usually shoot at f/2.8, ISO 400-1600 and 1/60s-1/125s without any artificial light!

    That is excatly what I am trying to do meaning to use Quadra outdoor and a quite powerful continuous light indoor on location. I need continuous light indoor so that I can shape the light through different gobos like glasses, venetian blinds and …! Moreover, I think it has a different feeling to it as well like more natural light! On the other hand, when I used some LED lights on occasions, I noticed that models/people feel more relaxed since there is not sudden flash of light!

    1. Do you know how long the battery last on max power?
    2. I live in Melbourne, Australia. I don’t think I can purchase Lupolux locally as far as I know! Do you ship to Australia if I place an order?

    Thank you so much again

  3. david cooke

    Knock out shoot Damien the first 5 shots had it sold for me, then along came number 11, wow factor there. thanks for sharing these they are inspirational as always.

  4. Helen

    Beautiful photos as always Damien. I look forward to the next DVD. Off topic, can you recommend a good projector for showing people photos.

    • damien

      Thanks Helen,

      The latest DVD ‘Simply Boudoir” is nearly finished. I expect we will launch it in the next week or so. Projectors… I’ve just bought this one. Now it is brighter than you need and heavier but it is perfect for me because it has more pixels in the vertical axis than an HD projector. I will use it as a 1600 pixel by 1200 pixel projector most of the time except when showing HD video. 16×9 HD is rubbish for doing client viewings because the portrait shots are way smaller than the landscape ones. I suggest you get 3000 lumens, SXGA+ (1050 pixels x 1400 pixels), <35dB, LCD (not DLP). This company can sort you out as they are knowledgeable, friendly and have good prices too.

      Kind regards, Damien.

  5. Helen Perry

    Thank you for the advice Damien & I’ll be checking back for the boudoir DVD soon

  6. Greg Dykes

    comment 25 in camera softening?? please share more details

    Always good to see newer into the light shoots to watch them evolve, I want to come on another course soon.

    • damien

      Thanks Greg,

      In camera softening is via a filter I made in the early 1990s. It is a very thin gauze stretched over a UV glass in a brass filter mount. It bleeds highlights into shadows and reduces contrast whilst retaining the fine detail and sharpness. It would be great to see you on a workshop again soon. I have new titles and events in research at the moment.

      Kindest regards,



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Damien Lovegrove learned his trade as a cameraman and lighting director during 14 years at the BBC, working on programmes such as the Clothes Show, Top of the Pops and Casualty. Fifteen years on, Damien has become one of the foremost trainers of photography and entrepreneurial business strategies in our industry. A published writer and regular columnist, Damien has travelled the globe sharing his knowledge and expertise. “Photography fascinates me” declares Damien. "Much of my photography is inspired by a burning enthusiasm within me” explains Damien. “Picking up a camera gives me such a rush that I’m instantly driven to create pictures.”

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