Head-shot lighting setup

 

 

 

Gradusky, M., Walker, D., Scoblete, G. and Scoblete, G. (2017). The Perfect Portrait Formula: Peter Hurley’s Flex LED Lighting Setups for Men and Women | PDNPulse. [online] PDNPulse. Available at: http://pdnpulse.pdnonline.com/2015/07/the-perfect-portrait-formula-peter-hurleys-flex-led-lighting-setups-for-men-and-women.html [Accessed 13 Mar. 2017].
Peter Hurley – (Gradusky et al., 2017)
For my headshot lighting set up, I wanted to replicate the famous American headshot photographer Peter Hurley. Even before embarking on my HND course I had heard about Peter and watched many of his videos and tutorials on the art of the headshot. With the limiting resources that college affords I compromised with a five head shoot, three upfront arranged in a triangle and two at the rear lighting the backdrop.

 

 

 

 


 

With the use of the online lighting diagram creator

I designed this as a basic idea for my setup.  Due to the limitations of the software I could not place the strip banks exactly where I wanted them but this diagram along with some notes served as a basic set up guide for the day of the shoot.

 

 

 


The power settings for the studio strobes were

Strip banks: Two stops

Lower soft box: One stop

2 x open reflector strobes (rear): Three stops


This photograph was taken on my phone during the shoot by my wife Helen Andrews.  It shows exactly how I wanted the strip banks set up to create a nice soft light evenly around the face. I did find through experiment that the lower softbox needed to be a stop lower than the strip banks. Any higher and the image was very much over uplight making the face look unnatural.

 

 

 

 

 


To the left is a copy of my EXIF data taken from one of the images in Lightroom

 

 

 


My final four images

 

 

 

Bibliography:

Gradusky, M., Walker, D., Scoblete, G. and Scoblete, G. (2017). The Perfect Portrait Formula: Peter Hurley’s Flex LED Lighting Setups for Men and Women | PDNPulse. [online] PDNPulse. Available at: http://pdnpulse.pdnonline.com/2015/07/the-perfect-portrait-formula-peter-hurleys-flex-led-lighting-setups-for-men-and-women.html [Accessed 13 Mar. 2017].

Peter Hurley Photography. (2017). Peter Hurley – NYC Headshot and Portrait Photographer. [online] Available at: https://peterhurley.com/ [Accessed 13 Mar. 2017].

Quoc-Huy, N. (2017). Creator / Home – Online Lighting Diagram Creator – Tools for photographers. [online] Lightingdiagrams.com. Available at: http://www.lightingdiagrams.com/Creator [Accessed 13 Mar. 2017].