Rhode Island Portrait Project (behind the scenes)

This is the nuts and bolts behind the scenes of Calvin Campany’s “James Bond” portrait

Calvin as "James Bond" final shot

The final shot was taken at ISO 200 Shutter 1/200th F/6.3  on an 85mm lens Using 3 lights to see the what the main light was doing which was bounced off an umbrella about 3 feet away from Calvin see here

one light only test shot

As you can see above the main light left quite a bit of darkness on the left side of the photo, so I used a ring flash set to almost its lowest power to fill in the shadows a little but leave some darkness so it would still feel dramatic. Shadows and darkness bring drama to a photo and I wanted this to feel kind of intense. I wanted another light set up behind him to just act as a rim light around the edge of his body camera left and while I was setting up the lights and doing test shots Calvin took a call. I accidentally got the actual light in the shot but ended up LOVING the effect so actually just pulled in the light intentionally into the composition. This little “mistake” ended up making the photo as far as I am concerned!

Set up shot 2

And here is a rough diagram of my lights to show you how it was all set up. I apologize for the terrible drawing…

Lighting diagram for "Bond" portrait

I did some photoshoping in post production as well but if you are interested in that email me…

About Seth Jacobson Photography

Living in Rhode Island and a bit obsessive about photography!!!

Posted on May 23, 2011, in behind the curtain, portrait photography, Rhode Island Portrait Project. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Love this! Love the Man ( Calvin) Love the Drawings, love the post!

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