Aston Martin Photo Shoot: Lighting Set Up

Those of you that have followed this blog for a while or maybe connected with me on social media, will know that I’m really into shooting as many Personal Projects / Self Assignments as time permits; their value to your continued development as a photographed is priceless!

Anyway a couple of days ago I arranged such a shoot with a friend of mine, John Ashford, who just happens to own a beautiful Aston MartinV8 Vantage. I’ve photographed John and his car before, but this time I had a completely new look that I wanted to produce which from the outset was going to mean a Black & White final picture.

Now when it comes to a suitable location, this is where another of my dear friends generously allowed us to shoot on his farm which houses a disused airfield including runway and taxi ways…

Here’s one of the final images from the shoot and below I give you a run through of the lighting set up…


So breaking down the lighting set up, here’s a  BTS (Behind the Scenes) picture…


The photo shoot was at around 4 o’clock in the afternoon and despite what the BTS picture above looks like it was still quite bright. I wanted to shoot wide open at around f/2.8 so that the background was well and truly out of focus and John and his Aston would really stand out.

To allow me to do this and to get a slow enough shutter speed (around 1/125 sec) I ended up using some ND (Neutral Density) filters to darken things down a few stops. (See picture below)


Obviously using ND filters would reduce the power of the light from the flash an equivalent amount of stops too. So to compensate, however many stops the ND take out is how many stops up in power I bring the lights…does that makes sense.

My reason for using the Silver California Sunbounce Mini as opposed to just using a light directly on John, is because I really like the metallic look the silver reflector gives. This is something I like to do when shooting for images that are going to be converted to Black & White; I just feel it gives the subjects more impact. Those of you who saw the posts last week of Fitness Physique Champion Glenn Richardson will remember that I also used the silver reflector then. Oh and as is always the case, I also set the Picture Style in my Canon 5D MkIII to Greyscale so help me see a more ‘realistic’ representation of what the final picture was going to be like as a Black and White.

John’s 6 month puppy came along for the shoot too, so we just had to grab a shot of them both together:)


Ok so if there’s any questions/comments you have about this shoot then as always, feel free to make use of the comments section below and I’ll get back to you asap.

BTW…thinking of recording the retouch of this image as a new episode on my YouTube channel…what do you think?

Hope this is useful
Catch you tomorrow,

  • May 4, 2015 - 8:26 am

    Peter - Hey Glyn,

    Love the tone of this shot, the B&W is perfect. I would love to see the post process on this image :) Great work again, and thanks for sharing

  • May 4, 2015 - 9:25 am

    Samet - Hi Glyn i really like the way that you’ve done this picture. Please make a video of this retouching step by stepon your youtube channel. Thank you very much and keep doing an amazing Artwork !

  • May 4, 2015 - 10:45 am

    srinath pm - nice work mr.glyn…impeccable picture,,,waiting for the btw video..thanks for sharing

  • May 4, 2015 - 2:19 pm

    Jon Erlien - Great work Glyn, it looks like you were using Lee series ND filters…which ND filter were you using? Also, I’ve never used that type of lens hood, did you use it because of the ND filters connection? Hope that makes sense. Yes, please consider this as a video tutorial. I’ve become more interested in the lighting setup, and always appreciate the way you explain you reasoning why you setup the shot the way you did. Cheers mate!

  • May 4, 2015 - 5:29 pm

    Dennis - Interesting comments about the sliver reflector. I will need to try this out. Also, setting the camera to monochrome, get idea. Yes, I too would like to see the post on this. Your the best.

  • May 4, 2015 - 8:07 pm

    Sean Concannon - Brilliant stuff as always Glyn.I love the way you process these B&W images.
    Please,please do a tutorial on this.

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Male Fitness Physique: More Pictures of Glenn…

Hey Everyone

As promised here’s a few more of the pictures from Tuesday’s photo shoot with Pure Elite Male Fitness Physique 2015 Champion, Glenn Richardson.

Again as with yesterday’s post all of these pictures are taken with available light; some with the use of a reflector and some without, so I’ll point out each and have also included another lighting diagram for you…


For the pictures above we used an open door leading into the gym. The dip bars that Glenn is using were right next to a door that lead to the outside, so we opened the door, and I stood outside shooting into the opening…


The following 3 pictures were taken using the same lighting set up as I covered in yesterday’s post using the sunlight through the window, a silver reflector and ceiling lights…


Taken using window light in the upstairs area of the gym…


So there you go, just a few more pictures from Glenn’s photo shoot with all images edited in Adobe Lightroom with a few areas tidied up in Photoshop.

Hope the posts have been helpful but as always if you have any questions/comments feel free to make use of the comments section below.

Catch you tomorrow,

  • April 30, 2015 - 6:00 am

    Ann Fischer - Oh Glyn, as always your work is masterful .If i did not give birth to this brute then i truly would not recognise him the photo’s are just superb. I would love to be able to purchase can you let me know how ? Thanks Glenn’s Mum X

  • April 30, 2015 - 4:05 pm

    Glyn - Ann…Thank so much for dropping in and for commenting; great to know you like the pictures of Glenn :)

    As for prints…no worries…I’ve spoken with Glenn and it will be sorted.

  • April 30, 2015 - 7:23 pm

    Adrian Hyde - great work. Love the lighting. Thanks for sharing

    All the best.

  • May 1, 2015 - 5:51 am

    Glyn - Adrian…You’re welcome; cheers

  • May 3, 2015 - 6:26 pm

    srinath.p.m - nice work,,,,mr.glyn…one of your masterpiece..thanks for posting

Gym Shoot Behind the Scenes: Lighting Set Up

Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing Glenn Richards; newly crowned Pure Elite Physique Champion, Bodyzone Gym in Bracknell, Berkshire.

I’ll be posting some of the results from the shoot later this week, but yesterday I posted one of the images on social media asking what folks thought the lighting set up was…


The gym was packed with equipment, had low ceilings and due to being open for business as usual, was becoming quite busy at times, so the key here was to keep it simple. We’d tried a few lighting set ups when the gym wasn’t quite so busy but decided to opt for natural light when it started to fill up.

As luck would have it, a shaft of light from the sun, coming in from windows high up in the end section of the gym came through, so with the use of one silver Lastolite reflector positioned on the floor in front of Glenn, we had a great light kicking up onto him giving great contrast and the metallic look I favour when shooting for Black & White. As I knew that I wanted the final images to be Black & White I shot my Canon 5D with the Monochrome picture style selected; I like to do this so that I can see exactly how the contrast affects the look of the Black & White…does that make sense?


As for the reflector it was positioned to the front of Glenn with the furthest edge raised up about 6 inches so that it was angled towards him, by resting it on a dumbell. Highlights on Glenn’s shoulders came from the ceiling lights in gym, and as for lens choice I used my Canon 85mm f/1.8 and shot in AV Mode at f/1.8 and iso 1600 which gave a shutter speed of 1/400sec.

Hope that all makes sense.

As always if you have any questions/comments then please feel free to make use of the comments section below but in the mean time, have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.


  • April 29, 2015 - 9:37 am

    Mike Gray - Boy i hate you Mr Dewis lol you make things look so simple and here was me thinking you had used flash from below.

  • April 29, 2015 - 9:43 am

    Graeme - WOW, thanks for posting this Glyn.
    I thought there was a softbox in front on the floor, and I thought there must have been a second light behind due to the highlights on his shoulders and the top of the dumbbells.
    Never expected that the main light was a silver reflector!

    Did you need to flag the ceiling lights to stop any spill coming to far into the shot (hitting his arms etc)?

  • April 29, 2015 - 10:06 am

    srinath pm - nice work …mr glyn…..the final image is after retouching or its a raw one?

  • April 29, 2015 - 12:28 pm

    Susan Mueller - Thank you the helpful insight, love the image results!

  • April 29, 2015 - 7:48 pm

    Glyn - Thank you Susan

  • April 29, 2015 - 7:49 pm

    Glyn - srinath The B&W image is after retouching

  • April 29, 2015 - 7:50 pm

    Glyn - Hi Graeme, thanks for looking in an the WOW :)
    As for flagging off the ceiling lights, no mate, didn’t need to.


  • April 29, 2015 - 7:50 pm

    Glyn - Mike…I need to keep things simple for me…keeps me sane…just :)

  • April 30, 2015 - 3:04 pm

    Jonathan Thompson - I love the simplicity. It takes a skilled eye to see what you can achieve with such a setup.
    Nice work as always.

  • April 30, 2015 - 6:16 pm

    Snuffy Sims - Thanks Glyn, great info as usual!

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