Karolina Sandra at the Haçienda ~ 1 light magic

Nov 9, 2017 | Continuous Lighting, GFX, Location | 6 comments

Photography: Damien Lovegrove
Karolina Sandra
Styling: Damien and Karolina
Light: Lupo 1000 dual colour LED fresnel spotlight
Camera: GFX50s
Lenses: GF 32-64mm f/4 and GF 110mm f/2

25 Pictures from a recent one light interior portrait workshop in London.

Karolina Sandra sitting at a window

01. The loft studio in the heart of London is full of character created by years of industrial use. I sat Karolina on the windowsill and gave her a bit of kick light with the Lupo 1000. I love how the 32-64mm lens has a natural, uncomplicated bokeh.

02. A Scattergel gave a wonderful dapple to the light we used in this part of the home studio.

Karolina Sandra at the Hacienda in London

03. Sumptuous red, luxurious blue and opulent silver set the mood in this set of shots.

04. The Lupo 1000 spotlight made a star of Karolina. The vignetting is created naturally using the lighting fall off. The barn doors give a really good control to simplify this process. What you see is what you get and its not possible to get the same look with flash. I love shooting from above (bottom left) and the tilting screen on the Fujifilm GFX50s makes the process really easy.

05. Having a pillow fight is a good way to get the energy up on a shoot.

I set the Lupo to 3200k, my white balance in camera to 3400k and I let the daylight go blue.

06. I set the Lupo to 3200k, my white balance in camera to 3400k and I let the daylight go blue.

Bad ballerina

07. This is a shot I captured for my forthcoming book called Tutu. I used a Tiffen Black Pro Mist 1/4 strength filter to create the halation.

08. Another tutu shot for the book. I love to work with narratives. In this case one of rejection having failed to make it through to final selection at the audition.

09. We shot a mixture of styles and got the most from the location we were in.

10. A studded leather sofa is a great studio prop and a joy to light.

11. Dappled light breaks up an otherwise plain wall.

These shots were from two days of lighting workshops in London. I had four photographers join me each day for an intimate, yet full on shoot experience. I’ve done workshops like this in many cities throughout the world and we have a waiting list for events like this. Contact Blaise or Laura via this link to register your interest, state your preferred city and we will do our best to make it happen.


  1. adam trussell

    Another set of frames that to me are truly outstanding, its difficult but the ballerina rejection is my favourite and the rest all come in second place.

    • Damien

      Thanks Adam.

      There’s beauty in failure :)

      Cheers, Damien.

    • Damien

      Cheers, John :)

  2. Frank Williams

    Magical images from a magician photographer.

    • Damien

      Thank you Frank for those kind words.

      Cheers, Damien


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