Fstoppers Lighting Diagrams- Retro Fashion Shoot

A couple weeks ago I was fortunate to work with Tina Hughes, a talented local clothing designer. Her latest collection blends vintage and modern elements. I thought that my friend's modernist house would be the perfect location for the shoot. We were limited to doing the shoot during the (bright and sunny) day so I used speedlites, a polarizing filter and orange gels to add a moodiness to the images. You may note the I used a fairly wide open aperture in the images. This allowed me to blend the lights evenly with the available light. Watch the behind-the-scenes video to get a better look at the shoot.

Nick Fancher columbus, ohio photographer

lighting diagram

Nick Fancher columbus, ohio photographer

lighting diagram

Nick Fancher columbus, ohio photographer

lighting diagram

Lessons similar to this one as well as 25 other lighting diagrams are available in my new e-book, RGLR, The Run & Gun Lighting Resource for $10.

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Great work :)

Why did he use a polarizing filter? For the window?

To darken the sky and reduce reflection in the windows.

Btw, can I ask you which polarizing filter did you use?

Presumably to eliminate reflections on the glass. Great work as always, Nick. The orange gel / crazy blue exterior was a nice touch.

great has always !

Doesn't look very retro.

Very nice Nick

Awesome work!

Great work :-)


Minimalistic photo equipment, everything is simple and final results are staggering. Great ;)

I think we are all in agreement that this is solid work without tons of equipment.

Your the man ! I seen u standing on your pelican case i do that all the time and sit on it ... Which insert do you use in your i destroyed my foam

Christer Svedle's picture

I think this is a good example that gear isn't everything. No critique to the photographer. The images are really great but in this case I also really think the fantastically beautiful model and that awesome house has a lot to do with the end result.

David S Kalonick's picture

Not impressed with the light, or the poses. Same shoes in every shot? Why is everyone freaking out over these?

Stuart Holden's picture

I hate smoking ughh so gross, I really hate the glamourising of cigarettes in imagery but I understand it adds to the retro look, I must admit I smiled at the end when the model pulled it out of her mouth and made a face at the taste - gold! Again Nick, solid work - I think being minimalistic in terms of lighting and equipment can actually be quite liberating! Thanks for sharing :)