Eric Doggett guesses the lighting on my bio pic

February 29, 2012 — 8 Comments

guess the lighting blog's ted sabarese bio pic

Doggett's lighting diagram of ted sabarese bio pic for guess the lighting blog

Ted photo, copyright, Ted Sabarese. Illustration, copyright Eric Doggett.

I always appreciate all the comments, recommendations and props I receive from GTL fans. But today in my inbox, Eric Doggett blew my mind.

Hi Ted -
I love what you’ve done with GuessTheLighting, and I always enjoy each post.
However, I felt that while you were great at giving out the lighting love, no one was returning the favor. So, I decided to break down your profile image myself.

Here’s what Eric had to say on his blog.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out GuessTheLighting.com, I recommend you give it a look (especially if you are into lighting like I am). Ted Sabarese runs the show over there, where he dissects images and offers his take on how he thought the lighting for an image was done.

Always entertaining and informative, it will give you a good primer on lighting if you are new to it. If you are a veteran it will offer you some great ways to think about how to light your next shoot. In any case, you will get a laugh with each post as Ted pontificates on the behind-the-scenes drama of a particular shoot.

So, in deference to Ted, I offer my own “Guess The Lighting” post to breakdown his bio picture:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark 2 with 50mm lens, on a tripod, remotely triggered from 5 feet away. Shot at 1/100, f5.6, ISO 800.

Lighting: Tungsten light bulb, camera right, 10 feet off the ground. Otherwise known as ‘porch light’. Ferrari headlight, camera left, 40 yards back.

Wardrobe: Nike hunter green parka with matching hoodie, 2006 (discontinued).

Comments: This image was taken at the winter home of Sean Connnery. On this rainy day, Ted was tasked with walking Mr. Connery from his house to the photo set (which involved a 2014 Ferrari concept car and a Louis Vitton bag). Ted managed to keep Mr. Connery dry for the 7 minute walk to the car (and its pre-activated heated leather seats).

Thanks again, Eric, for taking the time to post this (badass sketch, by the way).

So how do you think he did? Anyone care to comment?

  • Sterling

    Haha, sounds pretty good.  Before reading his assessment, I was going to guess bare speedlight kicker from back left. Gelled speedlight with possibly a lumopro softbox, or something relatively small coming from front right.

  • http://www.doggettstudios.com/blog/pin-the-tail-on-the-tos/ Eric Doggett

    Ferrari’s throw a pretty distinctive light pattern. You can almost smell the fine leather in the shadow detail of the light.

  • http://www.decorpiel.com/ Sofas

    I do not see the light that spans the foreground would have been better softer light, the figure would have been better.

  • yafucks

    where are the updates?

  • http://www.ara-photo.org/ Mahmoudi

    thanks for your great content …

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    He’s got a Ferrari concept car?? Very nice!

  • Raquel Dennett

    I love this blog. Would love to see some recent posts.

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    brilliant blog, im a new fan