Achim Lippoth’s punchy photo lighting for a French Fry ad

August 20, 2010 — 5 Comments
achim lippoth's photo lighting of girl on guess the lighting blog

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copyright, Achim Lippoth

This cute, but punchy, shot of a little darling getting the age-old squeeze from Grandma is from an ad campaign for Findus Fraich’ Frites. This image was created with 4 lights.

Camera: Hasselblad H1 with 150mm lens and Leaf Aptus 75 digital back, set on a tripod 8 feet back. Shot at 1/125, f8, ISO 50.

Lighting: The key light is a small softbox at f8 (with outer baffle removed) above and five feet to the right of camera. A second, small softbox at f8 (with outer baffle removed), high out of frame camera left and slightly behind the girl provides the highlights on her hair and cheek. The highlights on the top of her head are created with a small softbox at f11 boomed above and slightly behind her. The directional light on the back wall is shaped with a final, small softbox at f5.6 (feathered so the light fades off to camera right).

Comments: After the 42nd take, the girl karate chopped the elderly model in the stomach and stomped off set screaming “Sie zahlen nicht genug für mich diese alte Dame.” The final image, here, was take 41.

  • Alex

    just wondering, do you have permission from the photographers to reproduce their work..?

    • DP

      He is editorializing, commenting. It falls under Fair Use. You should look it up, it’s a really important part of copyright protection.

  • So what was it that clued you in to this involving soft boxes with outer baffle removed???

    • the light is softish but has a bit more punch than a normal softbox.

  • Jacquelyn Robinson

    I LOVE your blog. exposing the lighting secrets of these stunning images. I am a huge fan of the comments, something unexpected always happens at a shoot. This one is great !