Lighting strategies when photographing the male body

In today’s video I am going to share three lighting strategies when photographing a shirtless male model.

We’ll start off with hard light, then well create shadows with a softbox and finally we’ll use cros lighting to sculpt our model Danny”s body.

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00:00 Introduction
00:11 Hard Light with an optical snoot
03:47 Softlight from the side
09:33 Cross Lighting creates even more definition
12:22 Conclusion


Further Viewing



Camera Gear:
Canon EOS R5
Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM
Canon RF 28-70mm f/2.0

Tether Tools TetherPro Right Angle Adapter USB 3.0 to USB-C Pigtail Cable, 20″, Orange

TetherPro USB-C to USB Female Adapter (Extender), 15′ (4.6m) (High-Visibility Orange)

Lighting Gear:
Elinchrom FIVE

Elinchrom ONE flash

Elinchrom Indirect Litemotiv Strip Softbox (13 x 69”)

Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478DR-U-EL Series Light Meter for Elinchrom EL Skyport System


Studio Titan Camera Stand STA-01-360 MK2

Studio Titan Sidekick stand

Kupo offset arm

This video was shot with a
Canon Cinema EOS C70

Canon C300 MK 2

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens

DZOFILM Pictor 20-55mm T2.8

and lit with a

Nanlite Forza 720 LED Spot Light

Music: Evolution and Going Higher and Birth of a Hero by Bensound

In this first video were going to use hard light to show off Danny's muscles.
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