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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.”

bjorn iooss' photo lighting of irina shayk for si swimsuit cover on guess the lighting

ted sabarese photo lighting diagram of irina shayk swimsuit on guess the lighting

copyright, Bjorn Iooss.

Many, many, many people get excited for the annual release of the S.I. swimsuit issue. But this year, no one is more excited than Bjorn (son of famous sports photographer, Walter). This shot of Irina was an add-on: an image possibly for an advertorial. Never intended for the cover shot. But some early morning sun, a little lycra, sand and a Russian supermodel earned him the honor. No lights were used, only one silver reflector.

Camera: Canon 1Ds Mark III with 24-70mm lens, handheld six feet back. Shot at 1/60, f5.6, ISO 100.

Lighting: The Hawaiian sun has just risen over the horizon to camera left. Bjorn cuts back on the contrast with a large silver reflector placed just out of frame to camera right. The horde of people standing around aren’t there for him. They’re all for Irina.

Comments: Though located on a secluded beach, this shoot wasn’t without incident. While Irina was changing bathing suits, a junior stylist noticed a man hiding in a garbage can trying to take pictures. She immediately called security and covered Irina in a towel. When the police arrived, the culprit turned out to be Mel Gibson. He was researching for an upcoming role as a desperate paparazzo needing $1M to save his estranged daughter from kidnappers. The mixup was quickly straightened out and Mel, Irina and Bjorn laughed about it over a friendly, three-way game of Kadima. No charges were pressed.

rineke dijkstra's photo lighting for beach girl on guess the lighting blog

ted sabarese photo lighting diagram of beach girl on guess the lighting blog

copyright, Rineke Dijkstra.

Sometimes compared to Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” this awkward, yet beautiful, seaside portrait from Rineke’s Beach Portraits was created with only 1 light and the sun.

Camera: Linhof Master Technika 4×5 with Rodenstock 150mm lens and Fuji Pro 160S film, set on a tripod 8 feet back. Shot at 1/125, f16, ISO 160.

Lighting: The key light is a Lumedyne light with standard reflector at f16 just to camera right. The sun is up to camera right also at f8, but pretty diffused due to the overcast skies. The extra stop of light on the model helps draw our eye to her and separates her from the background.

Comments: The girl is intentionally arranging her hair to cover the fresh hickey her boyfriend just planted on her while they were cavorting under the nearby pier (her mom wouldn’t mind but her dad would kill her and take away her iPod). Rineke cheered her up, though, with a few tips on how to not only hide, but remove it.