Mikelo_ 4:52pm, 17 November 2012

How does he "normally" do his lighting for his environmental portraits? I'm in love with his work. I have minimal experience with photography and no experience with strobes. I understand that he uses top-end stuff but I figured that understanding his lighting will help me make informed decisions in my future lighting purchases.

It looks simple, but sometimes looks can be deceiving. I think I read that his lighting is usually simple: A large octabank.
Don Giannatti (aka wizwow) Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Don Giannatti (aka wizwow) (member) 5 years ago
To try to tack DeMarchelier to a single way of lighting would be kinda tough.

Most of the shots I see in the link would be natural light in my somewhat educated guess.

He will also use a large box outside... but rarely.

Outside can be a bare strobe or a small BD.

Demarchelier is usually quite simple in the presentation of the light, but that can also be a technical challenge as well.

The flash shots look like bare or slightly modified flash.
josh.r Posted 5 years ago. Edited by josh.r (member) 5 years ago
You don't need to worry about specialized gear. Any strobe solution will get you what you need as far as gear.
Easy Mark 5 years ago
I would echo what and said.

I think the main factor in his work is that it is in black and white, and that he keeps things simple, in terms of composition and lighting.

Having a beautiful model who is 5 foot 11 and 119 pounds probably doesn't hurt, either...

(Wikipedia says she is a size 8, but in the photos from the shoot you linked to, she looks closer to a size 6 or maybe even a size 4 - she is SLIGHTLY broad in the shoulders when compared to her hips)
Bret Doss Photography Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Bret Doss Photography (member) 5 years ago
Thanks for sharing a link to these images--had not seen these yet.

I agree with Don, Josh. To me, the outdoors/day shots look like overcast days and/or open shade, perhaps at twilight. Maybe a bit of soft reflector usage, single small-ish modifier strobe if any...

The night/bridge shot does look like it has a strobe just off to camera right (judging from the light on her and on the bridge wall features.

Some of the interior shots seem mostly like big window light, which could also be a big softbox. Others seem to be using a smaller strobe.

Again, thanks for posting this. I love his work, love these images.
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