Lighting Setup - hair model photo shoot

One of the first test shots from a session with a Swedish model. The client wanted to show their hair styling products and tools, so I set up for a very white and soft light with light shadows.


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Lighting info

Main light from a Profoto ComPact 600R fitted with a Softlight Reflector camera left angled down towards the model's face. Below flash and in front of camera is a Photoflex LitePanel (white) to create some fill. On both sides of the model I placed large paper walls to reflect some light. Behind model there are 2 Profoto ComPacts in Striplight softboxes (one with grid, one without) for lighting the background and act as both rimlight and hairlight.




  • Stefan Tell 6y

    Test photo, hair model photo shoot
  • Gregg 6y

    You are a true gentleman for providing this level of detail.

    Thanks so much!!!
  • Vasiliy Chizjov 6y

  • yonsu 6y

    beautiful model, excellent photo result, much appreciated information on the setup.
  • Stefan Tell 6y

    Thank you for your kind words, enough for me to continue with the diagrams. Glad to be of some help.
  • [lix] 6y

    be cool...please keep posting
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  • Matt Palmer 6y

    Thanks so much for these diagrams! Great photos. I had a question... what power level were you shooting at for each of the lights behind the model? Was there much of a difference in the output from each? I have a dynalite pack and head system and I'm trying to figure out if I will be able to achieve similar lighting results without having the same amount of power output control for each individual light. Thanks for any help!
  • Stefan Tell 6y

    mattjp18: I'm not sure, but I tend to use the Compacts at their lowest effect, have a look at Profotos web site to see what that would be in Ws.

    My main problem with the Compacts in my very small studio is to get as little light out of them as I can, so I experiment with ND-filters on the lens and sometimes ND-filters on the flashes.

    Hope this helps.
  • Matt Palmer 5y

    Cool thanks for the info, that helps a lot. Look's like I'm going to need to purchase some ND filters... too much power is the same problem I'm having in my tiny basement studio.
  • Stefan Tell 5y

    No problem.
    Just watch out so they don't get too warm. But, without the modeling light on, it has never been a problem for me.

    You can always add another layer if the light still is too strong.
  • spx2000 5y

    Thanks for sharing your setup.
  • Decio Vianna 5y

    Congratulations, a real education.
  • Mustafa Digital Arts 5y

    Excellent setup. Thanks for sharing.
  • Cicarelli Photography 4y

    you have inspired me deeply. It is a pleasure to see someone who is willing to share this level of knowledge and detail with the public. Thanks to people like you people on a budget can move forward with their photography. Good job!
  • Paweł Mazurkiewicz 4y

    Stefan, I really enjoyed reading your blog - great amount of tips and tricks ! Thanks !
  • Z. Zubar 4y

    i am a amateur just starting out. you just dont know how much you just help me. thank you forever
  • Stefan Tell 4y

    Thank you all, once again, for writing all your kind comments.
  • Anthony Louis 3y

    Steven, I just recently used this set up for the first time with some very slight variation. I think the results were pretty good too. Thank you so much for the help!! please feel free to look at the shots I took. See class pictures blue suit. Thanks again!
  • photography MariajosephRaj 3y

    Thank you all,
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