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Gels & Muscles

Updated: Jul 28, 2018





Camera Settings: 1/200 sec, f/5.0, ISO 64




Key Light:

Here's a photo of a studio strobe with a 27 inch beauty dish attached to it, to light up the subject's face
Main Light, Profoto D2, and a 27" Impact Lighting Beauty Dish

For the main light I used a 27" beauty dish on a strobe. I placed it to camera right and angled the center of it directly onto the model. On it was a grid to narrow the light to the subjects face.


Fill Light #1:

Here's a photo of a studio strobe with a blue teal colored gel attached to it, to light up the subject's torso.
Blue Teal Gel on Strobe with Barn Doors

I added a blue teal gel onto barn door's on a strobe, and directed it onto the model's torso. The height of this strobe was placed below the Key Light. The barn door's helped to narrow and direct the light on the model's chest, stomach, and arms.


Fill Light #2

Yellow Gel on Strobe with Barn Doors

On the 2nd fill light, which is on camera left, I put a yellow gel. I placed them onto barn doors again. Note, you can also use a 7" inch reflector if you don't have barn doors. The general idea is to completely cover the flash of light with color. I used a silver reflector to bounce the color of light onto the model's shadow area. As you can see in the finals, above, how it illuminated him.


Background Light:

This photo has a 5 foot octabox on a strobe, which is being used to light the backdrop
5' Octabox on a Profoto Strobe

The background light was a 5' Octabox on a Profoto D2 strobe. It was placed behind the model, and provided a subtle in-camera gradient due to the close proximity that it was to the backdrop. This light completed the 4 light setup I was going for.



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