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mario testino's photo lighting of giselle bundchen on guess the lighting

ted sabarese photo lighting diagram of giselle bundchen on guess the lighting blog

copyright, Mario Testino

I guess I’ll stick with Gisele for another moment and guess how Mario lit this seemingly sun-soaked image for the Pirelli calendar with 3 lights. I’ll even throw in my thoughts on how he lit maid arranging the flowers.

Camera: Pentax 67 ii with 100mm lens and Kodak Portra 400vc film, on a tripod 8 feet back. Shot at 1/30, f5.6, ISO 400.

Lighting: The room is obviously getting a decent amount of sunlight from the large, open window in the back left (subsequently, that’s the only light illuminating our diligent maid), but that’s not what’s making Gisele pop so strongly from the dark background. The key light is a small, white umbrella at f5.6 four feet to camera left, waist-high to Gisele. Mario covered the bulb with a Rosco pale yellow gel to add a sunny, Rio de Janeiro glow, indoors. A normal reflector with grid at f11 is positioned behind and to camera left of the model, adding a nice glow to her hair and highlights on her outside torso and leg. Another normal reflector with grid at f11 sits behind, low and to camera right of Gisele, creating the highlight on her left leg.

Comments: This shot was originally scheduled outside on a vintage, wooden, Chris-Craft triple-cockpit speedboat. Unfortunately, Mario came down with the whooping cough and was laid up for a couple days. This is his hotel room where he rolled out of bed for the shot. Gisele isn’t intentionally covering her breast, but wiping off the remnants of a Mario sneeze.

annie leibovitz's photo lighting for disney on guess the lighting blog

ted sabarese photo lighting diagram of disney ad on guess the lighting blog

copyright, Annie Leibovitz

This image featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov as Peter Pan, Gisele Bundchen as Wendy and Tina Fey as Tinkerbell is part of the “dream portrait” series for Disney theme parks. My guess is that Annie used only 2 (albeit, big-ass) lights for this shot.

Camera: Hasselblad H1 with 50mm lens and Phase One P30 digital back, on a tripod 10 feet back. Shot at 1/125, f11, ISO 100.

Lighting: The drama created with the lighting is achieved by the “less is more” philosophy. One Profoto 6 foot giant parabolic umbrella reflector at f11 is boomed over Mikhail and aimed down towards his head. Another one, also at f11, is boomed over and slightly behind Gisele and pointed down at her head. This setup allows for beautiful, soft lighting on the faces while letting most of the room drop off. The scenic skyline out the window was put in in post. As was tiny, glowy Tina Fey.

Comments: This was a tough shot to pull off. For authenticity’s sake, Annie set a 3:30AM call time and required the entire crew to wear bedroom slippers. Plus, Tina kept making fart noises from behind the window just as Mikhail “landed” in the room.