In and out of fashion

Jul 6, 2015 | Continuous Lighting, Flash, Fujifilm X, Location | 0 comments


01. A single Lupolux LED 1000 created all the drama needed for this simple shot of Chantelle. See how the crisp hard Lupolux light defines Chantelle’s cheek bones. This kind of simple styling is perfect for perfume adverts. There is even room bottom right for a bottle shot. I used a 125mm setting and f/2.8 on the XF 50-140 f/2.8 zoom lens.

Chantelle and I are off to the South of France on Wednesday for our sell out workshops. Here are a few frames of Chantelle from my last UK workshop held at Manor By The Lake near Cheltenham last month. As you can see variety was the order of the day.


02. A soft lighter character has been captured by shooting from above Chantelle’s eyeline. The Lupolux really came into it’s own as a key light for these dynamic beauty shots. The 56mm f/1.2 really comes into it’s own when shooting interior beauty portraits like these.


03. The colours generated by the latest generation of Lupolux LED lights captured by the Fuji X-T1 with the 56mm lens are sublime straight out of the box.


04. There’s always room for fun on a Lovegrove shoot. Generating a playful atmosphere is vital to my style. I swapped to the X100T with it’s 23mm lens for the pillow fight shot. I find the small lightweight X100T is a perfect camera for the fun moments in my shoots without compromising the image quality even wide open at f/2.  The X100S & T cameras are super sharp and equipped with the same  sensors as their big brother The X-T1.


05. The mirror shot at the top is lit with the Lupolux, so too is the elaborate bed shot. The bath shots are natural window light and captured with the wonderful XF 16mm f/1.4 lens.


06. The party room at the Manor By The Lake is perfect for wedding guests to enjoy late into the night.


07. The white bench shot is lit with sunlight from behind and a single Elinchrom Quadra ELB Action head with its simple diffuser. The shot at the bottom left is lit by glancing sunlight and the bottom right shot is lit with reflected sunlight from a Sunbounce Pro silver reflector.


08. The Elinchrom came out for the shots top and left and the bottom right shot was lit with the Sunbounce Pro. I’m really getting to grips with the new 50-140mm zoom lens for my outdoor work. It’s a stunning optic and one that fills me with confidence when I use it.

We covered quite a lot of ground on this final workshop, mixing styles and genres. There were lighting decisions to be made throughout the shoot even when we were working with just ambient light.

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