How Did You Make That Shot?

portrait of Alice

Exposure: 1/160 sec at f/9 and ISO 100

People often ask me “how did you make that shot?” Today I begin a new series of blog posts that will start with finished photograph and then show a photograph of the lighting set-up used. I’ll also include exposure data as well as the camera and lens used along with any accessories used to produce the final portrait.

lighting setupThe monolights used to make this photograph of Alice Iver were from Multiblitz. During the session in my home studio I used Profilux model 250 and model 500 monolights, with the model number indicating the Watt seconds of output produced by each light. For this photograph of Alice I only used a Profilux 250 monolight with one of Westcott’s 45-inch Round Halo Mono lightbanks mounted. Both were attached to a Multiblitz lightstand that was placed at camera right as shown. A 32-inch round Flashpoint 5-in-1 reflector was placed at camera left as can be seen in the setup illustration. The portrait was shot using a Nikon D800 SLR and the Nikon 24-120mm f/4G ED-IF lens (set at 92mm) with a final exposure of 1/160 sec at f/9 and ISO 100. The background is one of Silverlake Photo’s “Sweet Apple” Colorsmack backdrops. Images © Joe Farace

Author: Joe Farace

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