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How would you light a fitness shoot with speedlights?

 
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Feb 10, 2011 18:12 |  #1

Looking for hard, dramatic lighting to emphasize muscle tone. Post processing will most likely be going the route of gritty black and whites.

Equipment: 3 speedlights, stands, umbrellas, various Honl grids, etc...basically a thorough strobist setup with some add-ons...I'm open to buying additional gear (that fits into my speedlight setup).

Location: In the gym. Ambient is dim.

Thoughts? Thanks for the discussion, I'm just trying to brainstorm and get the ball rolling.

I was thinking gridded lights behind on either side for rim lighting, then a third light up high camera left, also gridded. That's assuming I don't purchase any more gear.

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Feb 10, 2011 18:16 |  #2

I picture a really hard contrasty and grungy light with lots of sweat glinting on the skin... but of course, thats just me.


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Feb 10, 2011 18:20 |  #3

Yeah, that's what I'm shooting for, definitely...I guess I wasn't too clear, I'm wondering how you would light it...light positions and modifiers, specifically.

Most of the shots will be full body, with some 3/4...


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Feb 10, 2011 20:48 |  #4

Maybe bare speedlites from sides as rim lights. One as a main.


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Feb 10, 2011 20:56 |  #5

Why not check out some fitness / muscle mags or websites and look at the photos, and get a feel for how they lit them?


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Feb 10, 2011 21:04 |  #6

I've found lots of examples, I'm just really hoping somebody will say something to the effect of: "Oh, I just used a Speedlight Pro Kit 6 as the modifier for the main light and it was perfect, etc etc"...guess I just need to play around with the stuff in the studio.


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Feb 10, 2011 21:11 |  #7

Oh yeah, doubt you'll find much specific info on lighting an interior fitness shoot.. You checked the strobist group on flickr? Maybe check flickr in general and if you find a good one, contact the photographer.

Share some of your examples, maybe our collective brains can figure them out. I alway enjoy deconstructing lighting setups.


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