LeBron James Photographed For GQ Magazine

Recently LeBron James was photographed for GQ Magazine. The video below is really just a promotion for that magazine but if you keep a sharp eye, there is some really good information to be learned. The lighting for most of the shots appears to be pretty simple; a single light above the camera. The size of the light changes from shot to shot from a huge parabolic reflector to a simple bare bulb held by an assistant.



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LOL this wasn't recent. Good find though

Lee Morris's picture

heh, well the video is recent :)

yeah I remember buying this issue and wondering how Gucci actually made sweaters in his size. Most of the clothes said "his own" on the pages. This shoot is from 2009. I liked seeing it though. If it has anything to do with commercial fashion, I'm all in.

Not only is this NOT recent...there isn't one single shot that is a simple "single light above camera".

Might want to sharpen your alleged "sharp eye".....

Patrick Hall's picture

does all knowledge to be learned have to deal with light positioning?  Just saying :)

FSTOPPERS is no substitute for figuring out how to make your equipment work for you. What I like about Patrick is that I think he gets it. This shoot actually was not technical at all and what you will find is that many of the TOP photographers don't do crazy lighting setups, they have a style and that style normally doesn't require they do anything outside of what they do best. I also use a parabolic with almost all my work because I have a style. Anne Leibovitz almost always shoots with a canon 24-70 f2.8 and a very cheap light modifier on a boom arm. She uses this on EVERYTHING, all the Disney work, all the Louis Vuitton work, all her Vanity Fair work.

I gave up on worrying about equipment and crazy lighting a long time ago.

I think as well that people get so hung up on equipment and what light goes where that they sometimes forget to interact with their subject. You might end up with really well lit shots but no chemistry between the subject and the intended viewer. 
Just something to think about.