Steven Klein Lights Amber Valletta red for Italian Vogue

September 14, 2010 — 4 Comments

steven klein's photo lighting for amber valletta on guess the lighting blog

ted sabarese photo lighting diagram of amber valletta on guess the lighting blog

copyright, Steven Klein.

Steven Klein’s work usually tends toward the dark – from his lighting to his provocative narratives. This image of a caged Amber Valletta wearing, i believe, a horse bridle (and isn’t that a mountain lion I see directly behind her?) was created with 3 lights.

To get a better look at the pic, click here.

Camera: Canon Powershot G10, handheld 8 feet back. Shot at 1/125, f5.6, ISO 200.

Lighting: The key light is a white beauty dish at f5.6 with a red gel seven feet to camera right. Another white beauty dish at f4 1/2 (- .5 stops) is four feet directly above camera, serving as the fill and helping amber’s skin to not look completely demonic. A standard reflector at f8 (+1 stop) is positioned high, out of frame to camera left (outside the fence), ten feet behind Amber.

Comments: Though Ms. Valletta is not afraid of oversized cats, she is allergic to them. Next to the M&Ms, Twizzlers and Cool Ranch Doritos, the person in charge of craft services had an assortment of antihistamines. The mountain lion, conversely, was allergic to sugar and went into anaphylactic shock when the third assistant unknowingly tossed him a Lifesaver.

  • DP

    Thanks for the hi-res. Much appreciated!

    • de nada. Yeah, some shots you really need to see the detail.

  • Jeff

    Those darn lifesavers….

  • z

    did he really use a Canon point and shoot for an editorial shoot? This is rad.