August 29th, 2013
Here is the result of my summer project. My quest to revitalise the Hollywood look started exactly 5 years ago today back in 2008 with this very popular Prophotonut post. Now I’m glad to say that everyone is at it and the Hollywood look has finally been reborn.
The look needs Fresnel lens lights for authenticity. But wow, what style! Five years ago LED Fresnel spotlights weren’t even dreamed of. Now they have largely replaced the fairly recently developed HMI units from Lupolux and Hedler. LED is the future and it’s here right now.
Here are 40 of the many Hollywood portraits from my latest sets complete with their exif data, and lighting notes. Enjoy…
These first few pictures of Helen were shot at my 2013 Hollywood Portraits workshop. I used several light types and essentially shared my heart and soul with my clients. Workshops like this bring together delegates from around the world and have a special buzz that’s hard to put a finger on. We all know something amazing is happening and it’s easy to get immersed it the subtleties of light positioning and camera angles. Another point of note is the catering supplied by Trudie Baker at Pipewell was fabulous.
This next set of pictures were shot a few days after the workshop with Helen above. I produced a movie of the shoot. It’s more than just a behind the scenes production. It is a fully featured how to video brimming with useful lighting tips and knowledge. I reveal my strategies and secrets of lighting as each chapter unfolds. I leave no stone unturned and I share everything I know. There are 17 chapters that run for 1 hour 45 minutes in total covering more set ups than are shown here. View the free 17 minute trailer here to get an idea of the production as a whole.
Do you prefer the ‘high key’ look of portraits 20 and 21 or the ‘low key’ look of portraits 1 and 2?
Do you have a few questions? Please view the trailer and feel free to comment below