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 …

Naples’ busy architecture: i palazzi di Napoli

What is a «palazzo?» In Italian, we normally use the word «palazzo»  to mean large, popular, apartment blocks. This kind of architecture does not exists in the Anglo-Saxon world and the literal translation «palace» would most often sound out of place. Yet, «palazzi» are large, often majestic, magnificent, often ancient, …