Nadav Kander lights Spike Jonze for GQ and throws in some nifty illustration

August 13, 2010 — 3 Comments
nadav kander's photo lighting of spike jonze on guess the lighting blog

ted sabarese photo lighting diagram of spike jonze on guess the lighting blog

copyright, Nadav Kander

A contemplative Spike Jonze for GQ was created with, I’m guessing, 5 heads. The cool berry/flower/weed design was done in post. But you knew that.

Camera: Hasselblad H4 with 120mm macro lens and 50MP Hassy digital back, hand-held, 8 feet back. Shot at 1/125, f8, ISO 100.

Lighting: The key light is a white beauty dish at f8 boomed high behind the camera and pointed down. Two normal reflectors, both at f5.6, are shot through white, translucent umbrellas 5 feet camera left and right for the fill light. To light the background, one normal reflector at f5.6 was bounced into the white side of a v-flat on both the left and right sides of frame. This allows the background to fall off from true white and match, more closely, Spike’s skin tone.

Comments: To get this visual reaction from Mr. Jonze, Nadav asked him to try to think of ten other famous Spikes while everyone on set just stared in silence and waited for the answer.

  • Gu

    Nadav shoots with older H1/H2 body with a Phase One back, most likely a P45+ at the time of capture since P65+ wasn’t available.

  • Aico

    Hi there I’m a big fan of your blog! Do you really think the background was white? Then how did he create the gradient going from pink/yellowish to gray/blue? Or did he (as he often does) use color gels on the flashes for the bakground?


  • Roi

    I read your blog more for your comments than for lighting, they are very funny