Studio lighting workshop ~ Day 2 pictures and techniques

Feb 11, 2010 | Studio | 19 comments

Here are the pictures from the second of two one day workshops earlier this week.

The LoveCube™ takes centre stage for this shot of Becca.

The LoveCube™ takes centre stage for this shot of Becca.

Three Bowens flash heads with grids provided the key, backlight and background illumination whilst a Speedlight on 1/4 power triggered with a PW Flex was inside the LoveCube™

The day started with a simple lighting rig to establish the seperation of zones and the properties of shadows.

The day started with a simple lighting rig to establish the seperation of zones and the properties of shadows. My grey studio wall was about 2m behind Becca and was rendered black.

A single light on the background reveals the level of control needed with light in order to maximise creative opportunitiy

A single light on the background reveals the level of light control I need to maximise creative opportunity.

We used a beauty dish as a key light and LC22 gel on the background for this shot.

We used a beauty dish as a key light and LC11 gel on the background for this shot.

We used a softbox as a key for this frame. I used a Triflector too. The rest of the lighting rig was the same as the previous shot but with a different gel - LC15 instead.

We used a softbox as a key for this frame. I used a Triflector too. The rest of the lighting rig was the same as the previous shot but with a different gel - LC45 instead.

Becca has clearly defined arm muscles as the double 3/4 backlighting has revealed here. LC34 was providing the colour this time.

Becca has clearly defined arm muscles as the double 3/4 backlighting has revealed here. LC35 was providing the colour this time.

In this frame, I used just one light and my grey wall to make a dramatic picture

In this frame, I used just one light and my grey wall to make a dramatic picture.

Simple lighting with pools of hard light is part of my style strategy.

Simple lighting with pools of hard light is part of my style strategy.

The spot of light from a honeycomb grid fitted to a Bowens studio flash head is no match for a Fresnel lens but is fine for most social photography.

The spot of light from a honeycomb grid fitted to a Bowens studio flash head is no match for a Fresnel lens but is fine for most social photography.

A higher key alternative to the shot above. Both the shots were taken in my white zone.

A higher key alternative to the shot above. Both the shots were taken in my white zone.

Next it was time for a bit of fun with the Broncolor ringflash.

Next it was time for a bit of fun with the Broncolor ringflash.

The same yellow wall with a more standard Lovegrove lighting set up.

The same yellow wall with a more standard Lovegrove lighting set up.

Russian Velvet is starting to reveal it's range of hues in my pictures.

Russian Velvet is starting to reveal it's range of hues in my pictures.

We finished with another single light shot in my Russian Velvet zone.

We finished with another single light shot in my Russian Velvet zone.

If you want to join me on a creative studio lighting workshop you can get more details here. My complete set of the 38 gels in the Lovegrove Studio Collection is available in 12″x12″ squares here. Colour is my life and I see my life in colour.

Please feel free to comment on these pictures.

19 Comments

  1. Martin G

    Hi Damien

    Great photos. Please can you let me know when you next run a talk/workshop in the London area, I would love to come.

    Martin

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    • damien

      Hi Martin,

      I don’t run workshops in the London area. I used to but it’s not easy teaching on the street in London anymore. My studio is 2 hours by train from Paddington, so it’s not too far :) My next talk in London is at the SWPP convention at the Novotel in Hammersmith 13th, 14th and 15th January. Same talk delivered three times :)

      Kindest regards,

      Damien.

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  2. Richard Matthews

    Hi Damien,
    Loved your talk in Paddington a few weeks ago and your blogs.
    Having seen your lovecube, i’ve brought one to use on a few shoots, but not being a huge speedlight user – any tips for settings?
    Regards
    Richard

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  3. Karl Bratby

    Hi damien, good to see the Love cube is back, it sounds like Ann Summers might sell it too…. ha ha

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    • damien

      Hi Karl,

      Great product names attract organic searches and can go viral. But in this case the searcher is not necessarily going to get the type of results they expected. Damien

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  4. matt

    more inspiring image daniem… but a quick question…
    I understand how you get the background coloured, but how did you manage to get the green colour on the floor as well?? Are you using multiple gelled lights??

    Got your gel set now… just need to find time to have a play…

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    • damien

      Hi Matt, The green is a colorama background roll. Sorry for the confusion. Damien.

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  5. Liam Crawley

    Lovin the LoveCube mr lovegrove, would love to see this thing on top of a mountain

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    • damien

      Hi Liam… Or on a beach, or in the woods, or floating down stream.

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  6. Rob

    Awesome shots! Love the look of those shot with the ringflash.. bought one of the Coco Ringflash adapters to attempt to try and recreate something similar (on a budget)

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    • damien

      Thanks John and Rob. How do you find the Coco unit? I fancy an Orbis one. Cheers, Damien.

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  7. John Humphries

    Great set of photos especially like the use of the love cube.
    John

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  8. Bridie

    these are gorgeous ..as are yesterdays. Using gels on the background makes such a difference.

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    • damien

      Hi Bridie,

      Thanks. Colour gels can certainly bring a shot to life. The trick is getting the gel hue and the flash power combination just right. The normal vivid gels used by pub bands etc are not subtle enough for my liking.

      Cheers, Damien.

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    • damien

      Thanks Tara.

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  9. Terrence Bibb

    Gorgeous work as always Damien. Any chance of seeing some pics of your actual studio? Possibility of a Lovegrove Studio DVD? Any plans for another workshop here in the states this year.
    Cheers,
    Terrence

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    • damien

      Hi Terrence, Thanks for the compliments. I’ve posted shots of my studio before but next time I’m blogging studio shots I’ll post some more ;) No US trip on the cards at the moment but you never know, It looks like Asia is off so I may cross the Atlantic instead.

      Cheers, Damien.

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