I’ve been studying the work of a few major European portrait studios on my quest for learning new shooting styles and I’m drawn to a few of the looks that I’ve had a go at recreating here. I used just four continuous lights in my small home studio.
Kit: Lupo 1200, Lupo 800, Arri 300, Arri 150
Makeup: Vicki Waghorn
Model: Victoria Lindsay Coutts MM and Gingersnap
02. Within 10 frames and about five minutes of me faffing with the lights we were here. A background light, two back lights and a key light.
I’ve known Victoria for some time as we found each other on Model Mayhem a few years back and we live within 1km of each other. However this has been the first test shoot we have done together and I must say Victoria is a joy to work with.
My aim was to recreate a few of the looks that I have put together on one of my hundred or so mood boards. They were all mono pictures taken with lensed spotlights. I thought how hard can that be so I set about having a go.
These shots are easily repeatable with Fresnel lights and have a timeless feel to them. I asked Vicky Waghorn to keep Victoria’s hair contemporary and choppy as curls would have made these shots look too vintage.
06. I shot using both tungsten balanced and daylight balanced lights in the same rig but knowing my shots were going to end up in monochrome I didn’t mind. I had the back of my camera set to mono too so when I saw the shots in colour for the first time in Lightroom it was quite a shock. Luke has edited this shot with a more contemporary colour mix.
’07. This is the straight colour mix. Notice how the tungsten balanced Arris have enhanced Victoria’s hair colour.
10. I decided to shoot a few frames using just one Lupo light in my Chimera softbox for a personal project too.
12. We liked the idea of including a few lights in the frame too.
13. You can see my Lupo 800 in the foreground with the Arri 300 back left and the Arri 150 back right.
17. Victoria wanted some black and white head shots so we shot those too. It’s great to collaborate with like minded professionals to everyone’s benefit.
My new training video on lighting studio portraits is out now and covers using Lupo’s and Arri’s creatively.
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