Steven Meisel’s decadent lighting for Italian Vogue

August 23, 2010 — Leave a comment
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Part of a bigger fashion story, this visually decadent shot for Italian Vogue was made with 2 lights.

Camera: Hasselblad H2 with 80mm lens and Phase One P45 digital back, set on tripod secured to a cherry picker 12 feet above the model. Shot at 1/125, f8, ISO 100.

Lighting: The key light is an Elinchrom Octabank at f8 boomed six feet above the model and slightly behind her. The fill light is a medium strip light at f5.6 positioned horizontally six feet to camera right. The overall effect is relatively flat, but glamorous. The draped fabric looks as good as the model.

Comments: Steven and the crew played six card cribbage while a frustrated tattoo artist painted the model’s body with a brush instead of an electric needle. The set was closed on all sides and guarded by Doberman Pinschers.