Backlit Elvis

Here is Elvis in all his sculpted glory using another 2 light setup. Nikon strobes on a Nikon camera make it a little too easy.

The hardest part was placing the lights to avoid lens flare and adding unwanted light to the black background. The exposures were all automatic.

The modifications (a/k/a creative aspects) were to place diffusers on both lights and a warm filter over the back light. The front light was through a Gary Fong plastic dome and the back light was through a Lumiquest Promax Softbox III.

You might notice the back light isn’t hitting in exactly the same place on Elvis in the bottom picture. I eventually moved it to the right and also raised the background about a foot to block spillover light causing a little lens flare. I think the base and Mr. Presley’s hair look better with more of the warm back light as well.

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6 Responses to Backlit Elvis

  1. katie o. says:

    looks like you’re doing as good of a job blogging as i am. πŸ™‚


    • louster says:

      nope, not as good as you, although i see you’ve eased off on daily posts a bit. i’m finding that content and free time are getting harder and harder to generate. easier just to post photos to flickr. you shooting lots of pictures?


  2. louster says:

    Thank you, m’am. It has been a good day, for a Monday anyway.

    I’ll have to think of a whole bunch of gadgets that you can’t live without. You prepared to take out a bank loan?

    Just kidding, there are lots of ways to light things nicely without a lot of overpriced doodads. Let me give it some thought.


    • katie o. says:

      Right now I’m working with white foam board and posters. Probably need a light box, but want lenses…and I need about 3 more jobs to support this habit.

      So, yes, share the doodads information. I spend a lot of time salivating over lenses I want, but probably don’t really need. πŸ™‚


      • louster says:

        It just occurred to me that I’ve let the blog site slide for a while and I haven’t followed up on lighting.
        There’s another blog site that is very good and I’ve learned a lot from it, called Strobist. You might have already seen it. They have a group on Flickr, although not that many food pictures are posted there.

        Anyway, the site is

        On the lower right hand portion of page is a pull down menu for some basic lighting. Also, some not so basic. You surely don’t need everything he’ll eventually mention, but it might give you an idea of what’s available and what to be looking for.

        Main thing is a flash you can fire off camera and possibly modify with some kind of bounce/softening device. A white poster board often works just fine. A long sync cord will usually do what a more expensive wireless transmitting trigger will do.
        Easter basket colored paper might do what more expensive colored photographic gels will do (although I have to admit, I’ve never done that). Also, just bouncing light off a colored wall or poster will give a color cast.

        More later as my old self remembers stuff.


  3. katie o. says:

    Alright, this is incredibly cool. I just have zero equipment to even attempt to replicate this process.

    Maybe I should get you to do a checklist on what equipment is best for certain photo shoots.

    ps. Happy Monday!


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