Behind The Scenes With Joey L: Shooting And Lighting Female Models

Behind The Scenes With Joey L: Shooting And Lighting Female Models

Joey L, who is widely known for his both compelling photos of quickly-vanishing lifestyles and visually engaging advertising work, recently put together a very informative BTS post on his blog which goes into detail about his lighting setups and approach to working with female models. Joey admits that while he does not regularly work with female models, he feels confident with his skills in that department, but it is important for clients to be able to see this as well. As a result, Joey arranged this personal shoot in his apartment and goes over every juicy detail with us.

Joey touches base on everything from arranging the shoot, to his gear choices for each shot, lighting each shot for photography and videography (including handy lighting diagrams), and interacting with the model. He also briefly speaks about retouching, and mentions that Fstoppers' very own Pratik Naik retouched the shots. Nice work, Pratik!

I've attached a few of the photos to this post, but to see the entirety of Joey's post, you can head over to his blog here. And if you haven't, I highly suggest taking 30 minutes or so to check out his personal work, which is nothing short of stunning.

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Michael Murphy's picture

Joey L. jeez, he's got to be what? 18 now? lol. seriously. his work is sick! been a follower of his work for some time. check out the blog, notice he's lighting with an ARRI. hmmmm. Is young Joey making a transition?

Nicholas's picture

Wonderful work. 

J Dreier's picture

really like Joey L's work and I really like the last setup with the ARRI hotlight. 

Kyle Sanders's picture

those lights are fun to work with but do they ever heat up the room!

J Dreier's picture

I'd much rather light a set with some ARRI's than the crap fluorescent continuous lights that usually get pawned off to photographers. 

Kyle Sanders's picture

I have never used fluorescent bulbs - just Arri's and Chimera's - do you have to be careful with your shutter speed to avoid flicker? Oddly enough, DSLR's have been a limiting factor on many of the shoots I've been on. The downsampling of a 5d2's sensor to 1080p tends to accentuate moire patterns on fine meshes. :/

Michael Murphy's picture

hell yeah they heat up a room. i've recently been working as a BTS photog on a movie set. there was a scene being shot in an old (no air conditioning) church, lit all around with ARRI lights. i was wiping sweat from the camera more than i was shooting. lol. there was also a scene were they were using an ARRI 4K. Holy crap! Talk about bright. Think I was shooting at 1/1,000,000 , ISO 1 at f/166 and still getting clipped highlights! haha.
it was actually quite the learning experience to see how the scenes were lit with these large powerful lights, covering big areas. The DP was no joke.

Kyle Sanders's picture

The toys and techniques they use in the movie industry are amazing. On one of our small sets, the DP set up this theater style light which had a gobo holder and lens elements, so that it projected a pattern that very much resembled light coming though window blinds. And a dozen+ white/black flags of all sizes... 

Mike Folden's picture

That textured wall is incredible. Very nice shots here. 

Fabian Pourmand's picture

Where do you guys see the Arri light? I believe its a profoto head and its jus a behind the scene type of shot... Also for an Arri that puts out that much power 2-3k that Rotalux wouldn't be able to handle the heat..

J Dreier's picture

Fabian, click and read Joey's whole blog post... you'll see the ARRI light setup. Fstoppers didn't highlight any of the hotlight images... even though those were my favorite. 

Rob C's picture

I am not sharing the love, and no apologies either, it simply was not worth checking out.

I am further put off that he has "Tutorials" on DVD for sale.

For an example of better work you do not have to look very far !

The next Link (at the bottom of this Page) shows much better talent (with less equipment):