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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This email left me Speechless!

Just wanted to share this email with you that came through yesterday evening.

Reading it through left me speechless and feeling both incredibly happy and incredibly sad both at the same time; something I wouldn’t have though possible but when you read it you’ll likely see what I mean.

I guess the message here more than anything is none of us should underestimate the positive impact what we do can/could have on someone; that alone is reason to never stop!

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.


  • April 24, 2015 - 10:55 am

    Nathan Wolf - That is a wonderful thing for him to have done. He is quite right too. I don’t think you realise that you do make a massive difference to people al over the world.

    I won’t bore you with lots of stuff but I was going through a very rough patch after our business was hit by the recession. I was in a very dark place for a while and didn’t have anything to lighten my day.

    I was bought a Nikon 5300 by a very kind friend. He thought it might give me and interest but I was stumped by so many aspects of photography and Photoshop that I gave up using it. Then someone else suggest your site and Aaron Nace’s Phlearn.

    Between the two of you I started to learn and to get an interest in things again. I love the work you both do and look forward to seeing your videos on YouTube.

    Thank you Glyn for giving me some motivation again. Other things have started falling back into place and I am starting to get a new business off the ground, producing t-shirts, caps, promo material and embroidered items.

    I think you taught me I could learn new stuff and enjoy doing it. You won’t have realised it of course but you do make a difference to people’s confidence and that has a knock on effect.

    Keep doing what you are doing. You do it very well indeed and to teach others is a great thing. I hope one day to book onto a workshop or see you at an event. In fact, I have my 50th coming up, so I may twist a few arms. ;)

    Kind regards Nathan

  • April 24, 2015 - 1:28 pm

    Tauratinzwe - Great letter and demonstrates great character of the author.

    AND well deserved by the recipient. You do enrich the lives of those of us who are older and love learning to be creative in PS.

    Thank you!

  • April 24, 2015 - 6:03 pm

    Kelley - That’s wonderful. I’m sure one speaks for many.

  • April 25, 2015 - 6:16 pm

    srinathpm - its entire credits goes to mr glyn..hats offf

Frank & Nadine Back in the UK

Hey Everyone, if you didn’t already, I just wanted to drop in and let you know that my buddy and top photographer Frank Doorhof (along with the wonderful Nadine Stephan) is returning to the UK with his Mastering the Model Shoot Tour.

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Tricky Cut Outs made EASY and FAST: PHOTOSHOP #76

Today I’ve a brand new episode of my weekly YouTube Podcast for you and this time we’re looking at selections and cut outs.

Those of you who have been following my videos for a while will know I have a bit of a thing about selections and cut outs; so whilst recording a new full length video tutorial yesterday I thought I’d put this one together for you.

The video is just around 5 minutes long and in it I show you how to make light work of a tricky cut out…a tree, PLUS there’s a few other little tips/tricks in there too.

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Take care out there and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.


  • April 22, 2015 - 7:24 am

    Michael Glover - That was a great quick tip! I love all of these little tricks!

  • April 22, 2015 - 7:33 pm

    Glyn - Cheers Michael; glad you like it :)

  • April 23, 2015 - 1:03 am

    Mik - Very effective, cutting out stuff is always been a pain for me so this I will try out.

  • April 24, 2015 - 7:31 pm

    bob carter - Great video… this old PS guy learned some nice tricks with this video. Many thanks… Bob