Guess the meat couture: correct answer

September 22, 2010 — 4 Comments

*SPOILER ALERT* Don’t read any further if you’d still like to try to guess who the two photographers are. If you have already guessed or have no idea what I’m talking about, read on.


terry richardson meat skirt lady gaga

ted sabarese photo lighting diagram of terry richardson lady gaga meat skirt on guess the lighting

ted sabarese photo lighting diagram of hunger pains on guess the lighting

copyrights, Terry Richardson (left), Ted Sabarese (right)

So there you have it. Terry shot the meat Gaga and I shot the meat skirt with potato skin top. But how?

GAGA: This Japan Vogue cover inspired the Lady’s full-on beef evening gown at the MTV Music Awards. Terry created it with one, on-camera speedlight.

Camera: Nikon D3x with 50mm lens, handheld. Shot at 1/60, f5.6, ISO 100.

Lighting: One on-camera flash. Lots of assistants watching.

Comments: The meat dress was originally more filled out, but Lady Gaga snacked on the mid-section when craft services ran out of Goobers.

MEAT SKIRT: This image from my “Hunger Pains” series is one of five outfits representing a meal that the model was craving. It was created with two lights. And this isn’t a guess.

Camera: Hasselblad H1 with 80mm lens and Leaf Aptus 75 back, set on a tripod 12 feet back.

Lighting: The key light is a gridded, white beauty dish at f11 six feet to camera left and eight feet high. The fill light is a large strip bank at f4 1/2 (-2 1/2 stops) with the bottom half flagged to keep the focus on the model’s face. It’s set six feet to camera right and slightly in front.

Comments: Watch the behind-the-scenes video.

  • I know the D3x has replaced Mr. Richardson’s T5 as his camera of choice. The thing I am wondering about is how he places his flash on his camera. I’m guessing he uses some sort of bracket because the light is coming from above and slightly to the left of the lens. If you just put the flash on the hotshoe of a D3x and shoot in portrait mode, the shadow would be to the right (or left if you hold the camera upside down).

    Either way the shadows on the wall are suspiciously small, which suggest the flash was closer to the lens than it is on a regular D3x hotshoe.

  • @David. Yes, he uses a bracket, you can knock it off with about 2 dollars worth of parts from a hardware store. check out some of the older pics and videos from his blog for an idea of how he has it set up.

    • Thanks. I googled it and learned he uses a CB Mini-RC bracket by That’s interesting because I made my own bracket from hardware store parts a while ago and use it all the time. It puts the flash above and slightly to the left of the lens in portrait mode, and also puts it closer to the lens for a smaller shadow. Guess mr. Richardson had the same idea.