Studio Lighting Tutorial for AWESOME Glamour Lighting – Glamour Photography Tutorial


hey gang thanks for checking out this week’s episode of the last frame in this episode I have a super simple to light fun and sexy glamour setup that puts all the light behind the model yeah I said behind the model stay tuned I was a child of the 1960s and one of my most favorite sets of photos is a group of black-and-white images of Marilyn Monroe taken by the great Bert Stern these images went on to be known as the last sitting because they were taken shortly before her death they were shot with a Nikon F a standard 50 millimeter lens and my favorite Triax a si 400 film if you google the last sitting and click on the Images tab you will not only see the original images but hundreds of thousands of attempts to recreate their pureness and personality that existed in this amazing set of photographs from a photography standpoint if you like to follow the rules these images are terrible they break all the rules most noticeably all of the light is behind Marilyn Monroe and coming from a large window the only light on her is reflected from the walls of the room and what makes these images work and the reason they are iconic is because of what’s in front of the camera now I don’t mean because it’s Marilyn Monroe certainly that helps I’m referring to the simplicity and the softness of the setting and the lighting combined with the personality and rawness of the subject for many years this has been something that I have valued and strive for in my own work now before I show you the lighting setup let me tell you how I shoot black and white I know some of you are thinking wait a second doesn’t he shoot digital so it’s all in color well kind of I do shoot all my images in RAW which means they are technically in color however what I rarely do is shoot a color image and then when I’m looking at it in Photoshop or Lightroom think hmm maybe this will look good in black and white because it’s just not that impressive in color if I want a black and white image I actually set the image style in my camera to black and white so that the JPEG preview on my LCD screen will be black and white nikon calls this setting picture control and canon calls them picture styles basically what I’m doing is selecting monochrome and boosting the contrast all the way up and your LCD will show you a high contrast black and white image that looks just like my favorite try X film by the way that contrast boost only affects your monochrome settings so it won’t mess up your color shots if you forget to set it back and since you’re shooting in RAW no harm no foul I know some of you are thinking why go to all this trouble why not just use a plugin like Nick Silver Efex Pro when you’re in Photoshop or in Lightroom after you’ve taken the picture the answer simple back in the film days you know when phones still had wires attached to them and the mail only arrived once a day you would light and expose one way for color images especially color transparencies and you would light and expose a very different way for black and white film it was two different thought processes now listen I love digital technology but often it encourages us and enables us to be lazy so if I have black and white in mind for a shot I want to be sure while I’m shooting that it’s going to look great if I’m shooting tethered I’ll use capture one Pro and convert the images to black and white on download so that as I view my computer screen while I’m shooting I’m looking at black and white images this glamor lighting setup is really simple two lights two large reflectors your reflectors can be diffusion panels V flats or if money is tight you could make it work for 3/4 length shots and head shots with to Walmart reflectors I showed you these panels in my home studio video the link it’s in the description section below you can see how I have the strobes set up slightly behind the model and on either side of the white background this is a standard 9 foot wide vinyl seamless I like the vinyl because it’s more durable and it wipes clean so it lasts long these shots were made with an 85 millimeter F 1 point 8 lens set at F 5.0 the shutter speed was one to hundreds of a second and the ISO 100 the color version of the image looks like this which some of you may like I don’t dislike it I just wanted these shots to be in black and white the final images require very little post-production beyond the usual color contrast and sharpening and of course removing of blemishes and as always I say this as a reminder of the importance of great hair and makeup the most important element to this set of images is obviously not the lighting in the setting it is the model and her ability to give you lots of personality when I do a session like this I shoot very heavy and my focus is on keeping things playful if you’ve watched many of my videos you should recognize this young lady as a model that I work with frequently you could do this shot with speed lights the placement would be exactly the same and you’ll want to sent them at full power also be sure to set the zoom setting on your flash head to its widest setting so that you get good coverage on the white background if you don’t have the reflectors or a way to make them you can achieve an almost identical look to this by using a third strobe and bouncing it into the ceiling in front of the model here’s the same setup with a bounce flash instead of the reflectors and here is the finished result it’s not quite as dreamy but very close I hope this gives you some ideas take this idea and run with it go create and show me what you come up with and don’t forget your best shot it’s your next shot so please keep learning keep thinking and keep shooting adios [Music]

49 Replies to “Studio Lighting Tutorial for AWESOME Glamour Lighting – Glamour Photography Tutorial”

  1. Spot on Joe, if you intend to produce Black and White images then shoot in Monotone. Why…it's simple, you cannot judge variations in tonality easily when you are viewing in colour. Thats the reason why when you adjust some of the sliders in Lightroom whilst pressing the Alt button the image becomes B&W. Differences in Micro contrast in particular are more evident when the distraction of colour is removed. Sure you can shoot colour then convert to mono later but often you realise that when the colour is removed its harder to define separation between objects/people in the scene. Sometimes it's beneficial to shoot colour scenes with your camera set to mono ( if shooting raw the image colour is still retained ). That way you can " see " where your 18% grey will be in the scene to make in camera spot metering more accurate ( tut tut you left your grey card at home lol ). The days of Black and White film might be over but the shooting process of mono is as useful as ever 😃

  2. I still have some Tri-X in a cartage loader. I remember paying $15 bucks for a bulk roll. Plus a few packets of D76 Del. Great video and thanks for posting.

  3. Hey Joe! Excellent video. I noticed part of that dreamy look you mentioned was that slight haze or slight flare look in the end results. Did you shoot with a lens hood attached or just shoot without it in order to get more flare?

  4. Your videos greatly contribute to my knowledge. I can say with certainty that I gain more knowledge from these focused short clips that 8 hour for pay photography courses.

    I understand you use Nikon D810 for your video presentations. May I please know what lens and lighting setup.

    Thanks

    Jamal Mubarik

  5. this is awesome. I just discovered your channel and have watched every video 3 times. so informative and so fun. thanks for doing what you do and keep it up!!

  6. Hi, love your work. I have small question thou. Do you have some suggestions how to simply transfer Picture Control (Nikon) settings into a lightroom preset or profile, so i can aply it on import or in tether shooting. Especially black and white like in this video. I tried creating a preset by looking on camera back and trying to recreate this in lightroom but maybe there is easier option for lazy people?

  7. It's no wonder Leica produced a digital camera just for B&W photography . Now by following Joe's advice on camera settings for B&W photography, you can achieve true analogue quality B&W images with any digital camera! Thanks Joe for the advice, it's these little things that make a difference, awesome work! Let's support Joe's Patreon efforts so he can continue to assist us in in creating our next best shot!!!!😎 👍

  8. Today I found out that you have crawled into my daily life. My girlfriend, who also watches this channel, said she was afraid my video-clip of a music-band will look amateur made. I said that I am also worried that might happen but if I don't start making videos, then I will never learn. She understood and responded with: "Your best shot is your next shot".

  9. These are pretty cool ideas if you know for a fact you don't want to shoot color. But sometimes even if I want to shoot black and white I like the ability to decide after the fact because every so often i end up liking the color more.

  10. Great video and thanks for the tip at the very end bouncing the flash off the ceiling. Can't wait to try this one. Love your videos.

  11. Thanks Joe, you are an inspiration, love you work , your style, and most the love for others like (amateur) to get inspired and to have the confident that we can do IT. love B&W. i do love color image, but B&W seem to be more interment and they some how speak to you, (the images of course). my thoughts.

  12. Hey Joe! Another fantastic video!
    I have a question for you.

    When sony a7 came out i sold my 7d and bought a7
    Now I would like to purchase another dslr
    What would be good option now days for price range of 13-1500?
    In advance thank you!

  13. Interesting. And I remember reading about that shoot when I was in photojournalism school. And Tri-X!!!! Best film ever!

    So you mentioned a link to reflectors from Walmart? Didn't see the link there. Are they LARGE panels like she show in the lighting diagram?

  14. Once again, solid and good quality video. I have had a "artistic break" for a while. I have not shot that much lately. Your video sparked a photo idea and I know just the right model for it. So thank you again and please keep the videos coming. They take time to do (especially this well done) so keeo up the good work 👍 Ronnie / Finland

  15. Thank you for this tutorial, love the Marilyn Monroe photos, now I know how to recreate the look. Thank you again it is much appreciated.

  16. I have been following so many photographers on youtube for so much time and I have never seen you before @Joe Edelman , it's so much fun I just can't stop watching, your videos are so captivating. Congrats, subbed with notifications! 😀

  17. I've only watched TWO of your videos and I've already learned more than I have in the past two years! Set your camera to B&W with the contrast cranked up? Game changer!

  18. another great video Joe, Many thanks. I have added you to my go to presenters. you have joined Tom Heaton, Steve Perry and the bald fat guy.:-D
    great shirts too….!

  19. Hi Joe. In the video you have the V flats with the Black Side facing the model. I thought that would suck up the light. Not reflect. Please correct me if I am wrong.

  20. thank you so much i learned amazing technique and finally found the answer to the question of the decision-making process for making black and white pictures

  21. Thanks for sharing this knowledge. I love your style of teaching. You keep your explanations informative but lighthearted enough to keep it from being boring. In the diagram the reflectors are black facing the model. Are they used to reflect or to dampen the light? What program do you use to make your diagrams? Keep up the great work! In addition to learning more about lighting, thanks to you I have already built my portable background and will soon be building some led strip lights.

  22. Great tutorial . But what about using one black reflector and one white reflector to play with the contrast ?How much do the reflector panels cost and where to get them?

  23. ok… the only part not mention is, paulcBuff are build like tank, they don't sell those in canada, but they have service point here. what about the build quality of the HonnyBadger ? thanks

  24. Hey Joe, at the end you show an image using speedlites and the third one was facing up to bounce off the ceiling. How did you get the light hitting her from the front?, surely you had your white card from the speedlite up. I say this for otherwise, wouldn't the light just bounce back down on top of her head and not light up the face. Just curious.

  25. I love finding these gems! Great tutorial! I'll try changing my settings for b&w before a shoot instead of the b&w conversion being an afterthought. That way I can expose for b&w and get the desired look I'm going for. Thanks, Joe!

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