One-light setup for wide portraits

Looking for a one-light setup that casts a beautiful set of shadows on the face, is sufficient to illuminate the torso as well (while keeping the right prominence on the face, and softly illuminates the background as well? If so, I may have the right answer for you; the only …

The best lighting for pizza

Pizza is food so, traditionally, benefits from (moderate) backlighting. Pizza is also large and flat: a large(r) and flat light source was my choice. The Elinchrom Rotalux 90x110cm softbox, placed about 30cm above the pizza, slightly angled, was large enough that I could use its “tail” like some sort of …

Studio light scheme for portraits with fog

Fog (“smoke”) is unreliable because dosing it is difficult. You may find your perfect f-stops and light power settings, but the variability introduced by a fog machine will force you to try and try again. Of course, fog must be lit, or it won’t show up in photography. I’m presenting …

Four light sources (and one reflector) for portraits that pop

I am taking advantage of the new large gridded softbbox and I have slightly complicated the light scheme that I have described here. The simple yet effective modifications are: Added a flashgun, placed on the floor, between the subject and the backdrop, pointing at the latter, aiming high. This was …

How to light a muscular man

How to light a muscular man, in order to emphasise his muscle? For this purpose I kind of like the following scheme: I used Elinchrom material, as usual: three D-Lite RX 2 units equipped with: one beauty dish, with the white diffuser cloth that I stole from the Rotaluxes; two …