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Submitted on December 23, 2011

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Kurt Pas

Great Portrait! Thanks a lot for sharing the complete lighting workflow!

Posted 10 years ago   

Paul Samaniego

thank you for the info. nice job

Posted 10 years ago   

Hard Man

nice light set, smooth feeling, nice posing,great choice of subject and location.

Posted 10 years ago   

1/125 sec.


ISO: 100

Focal Length

135 mm

Exposure Bias



Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Lights Used

Natural Light



Additional Notes

How it was shot

Since we moved from indoors to outdoors you have several issues you must contend with. The direction of the sun, dappled light from the trees in the backyard, color casts from all the green and so on. It’s smart to use a gray card in this situation to get your white balance correct… I wish I would have used one. LOL It will save you a lot of work in post.

The lighting was with the Ranger RX/AS and a single “S” head. I used the Elinchrom 53″ octa to provide the light in the scene. First I balanced out the background exposure…dropped it a little bit maybe by 1/3rd-1/2 stop and then I added the main light. Bringing the exposure on her up until she was well lit but not over exposed. Pay attention to you histogram and make sure you are not clipping anything when you set up a shot like this. A light meter is a great tool to use in this situation.

I shot it shallow and you can see how the bokeh looks from the 135L. Love this lens! I had he about 10-12 feet from the lens and the strobe was about 8 feet from here at most.

Thanks for looking.

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