Specialist Technique and Process 3 – Test Shoot 10


The aim of this shoot is to test location lighting techniques in order to discover the style of lighting I want to photograph my project with. I will be examining the lighting style of portrait photographer Joel Grimes.

Within this shoot i am going to re-create the set up from ‘test shoot 9′ within my home made studio using 3 speed lights and umbrellas.

I am hoping that this experiment will also give me a greater understanding of softer lighting in comparison to harsher lighting upon the model in order to determine which lighting affects I want to use throughout my project.


Cannon 650D DSLR
50mm lens
3 speedlights
3 light stands
3 Triggers
3 Umbrellas


  1. Photograph model using 3 point lighting set up with umbrella close to camera and away from camera with and without reflectors to evaluate overall effect


(inspired/researched by https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHw0OyT8Nv0)


The plan for this shoot was to photograph using a 3 point lighting set up, however 3 point lighting is becoming an old trend within the industry. However I still wanted to test how umbrellas light up the subject in comparison to the soft box. This is due to using this kit upon location shoots and making sure i am aware of what they can do.

I have borrowed the Nikon D310 to use instead of my Nikdon D320 which I have been having trouble focusing with. I used my 50mm lens and shot landscape portraits shots using 3 different umbrellas.

From the images I have above I have discovered that the white umbrella produces the brightest light and also the most flattering. The Silver and Gold umbrellas cast much darker light and also add darker shadows upon the subjects face. The silver adds darker shadows than the white however is still slightly flattering however the Gold is dark and also adds a warm glow over the images. I found it harder to photograph with the silver and gold umbrellas as not as much light was cast out therefore you would need use of another flash.

I would usually use the white umbrella upon a location job and may also add in the silver to add some depth. However I would use the gold if I was after a warm glow across the images.


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Olivia Bates

My aim is to delve in to the alliance between fashion and people so I can explore the link between the subjects in order to communicate my image I have the ability to approach any difficult situation and solve any problems to find resolutions in order to work efficiently. I can manage situations, communicate honestly and have a trustworthy manner as I am expressive and take no nonsense which allows me to get the job done. Please contact me at; livbates93@gmail.com and visit my website; www.oliviabatesphotography.foliohd.com

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