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tony duran lights emily ratajkowski for guess the lighting

 

 

ted sabarese lighting diagram tony duran

Copyright, Tony Duran

If a year ago you didn’t know Emily Ratajkowski, I wouldn’t hold it against you. But ever since starring – nearly nekkid – in Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines video, Emily has blown up. Way up. Her body was barely painted for this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and it seems like she’s being photographed for multiple magazines. Every. Single. Month.

This image is from a series shot by Tony Duran for an Ocean Drive Magazine interview (where Emily chats about loving humidity, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts and the androgynous looks of rocker Patti Smith). It’s nice to see that Tony takes a more classic approach to styling and lighting such a “double-take-inducing vixen.” He used 1 reflector and 2 lights, in conduction with a highly reflective background, in this image.

And for all you expensive bracelet fans, that’s a $46k white gold and diamond Cartier on Emily’s wrist.

Camera: DSLR with 24-70mm lens handheld 8 feet back. Shot at 1/125, f5.6, ISO 100.

Lighting: Tony is a big fan of natural light and reflectors, but he needed a little strobe help to achieve this particular look. The key light is a white beauty dish (+1 stop) 9 feet to camera right and just above head height. This throws the nice white glow on Emily’s cheek. A small silver reflector (+1.5 stops) bounces sunlight from low, camera left onto her arm and chest. A magnum reflector (-1 stop) positioned just above and directly behind camera nicely fills her face and body.

Comments: For the past decade, Emily has studied advanced yo-yo mechanics and has multiple patents pending on a new design. During wardrobe changes, she showed Tony some of the latest tricks she mastered: the Takashi Boing and the Double Suicide.

Victor Demarchelier's photo lighting of Constance Jablonski

Ted Sabarese lighting diagram of Victor Demarchelier shooting Constance Jablonski

copyright, Victor Demarchelier.

When your pop is Patrick Demarchelier, you’ve got some photo juju at your disposal. After assisting his dad for a bit, young Victor went out on his own in 2009 to shoot mostly models of the fashion variety. And if you’re up on your models, you know Ms. Jablonski is pretty big. Which may explain (or not) the 50-gallon hat she’s styled in for this September 2012 Harper’s Bazaar Australia cover. Vincent lit this image with 2 lights and a hat wrangler.

*Thanks to Dennis Zeitz for sending me this image.

Camera: Medium format, digital, with 100mm lens. Set on a tripod 10 feet back. Shot at 1/125, f11, ISO 50.

Lighting: To achieve this extremely flattering, soft light, Vincent pulled a page from his dad’s playbook. The Key light is a medium octabank at f11, just above head height and 6 feet to camera right. You can see that the light is not very high since it Constance’s hat doesn’t cast much of a shadow on her face. A 7-inch grid reflector with 30 degree grid at f8 (-1 stop) is low and behind Connie to camera right. It’s aimed up at the center of the seamless to create the slight glow behind her. A black v-flat is just to camera left of Constance to create a strong shadow on that side.

Comments: Unbeknownst to many, Constance is quite the card. She arrived on set speaking not with her native French accent, but with a full-on Aussie one. She proceeded to teach the entire crew how to speak Australian and told Victor that she almost “chucked a sickie” because she was “chundering” all morning after a “cobber” fed her a few “icy poles” made with Vodka.

Kate Upton on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover for guess the lighting blog

ted sabarese lighting diagram of kate upton on sports illustrated swimsuit cover

copyright, Walter Iooss.

Over the years, Walter Iooss (pronounced “yose”) has captured just about every famous sports photograph to grace the pages of Sports Illustrated. His volume of work borders on the ridiculous. Check his website. Then pick your jaw up off the floor. And since bikini-donning is most definitely sport, it makes sense that SI tapped him (once again) to shoot this year’s models. Kate Upton did not break into swimsuit modeling through the normal channels. She posted a youtube video with her doing the “dougie” and over 4 million views later, she squeezed into what may be called a bikini for SI’s cover shot. God bless the internet. Oh, and in case you were wondering, Walter lit this with no lights other than the hot, Australian sun.

Camera: Nikon D3x with 70-200mm lens, handheld from 14 feet back. Shot at 1/400, f11, ISO 100.

Lighting: Since it was early in the morning, Walter positioned Kate with the relatively low sun to camera right. An assistant held a 6×6 silk to help diffuse the hard light. At least twenty three stylists, makeup artists, hair stylists and random Sports illustrated employees are just out of frame to camera left.

Comments: After this shot was finished and the team was setting up the next one, a mature, female Great White was spotted just offshore. Kate’s natural instincts kicked in when she noticed a teenage boogie boarder unaware of the danger. She picked up a nearby shark harpoon and flung it at the White. She missed, but the teen did paddle in to safety to see why the “bikini hottie” (his words) was “getting all agro on such a chill morning.”