Apr 01, 2013

Behind the Scenes Shoot With Phlearn: Man Cave

Behind The Scenes Concept

Since the dawn of time the man cave has been revered as a place of masculinity and strength. Our goal was to bring this subject out from the depths and get to what man caves are really made of.


The lighting for this shoot had to be extremely specific and thought out. This was no ordinary shoot, and no ordinary light setup would do.

We start off with a parabolic reflector camera right behind the subject to bring in maximum rim lighting and really accentuate the shape of the cave. Next we added a beauty dish camera right behind the models. The light falloff from a beauty dish really is amazing, you get the quality of a hard light source but with somewhat soft shadows as well. An amazing light when you really want to make your subject stand out. Next we added a hair light on an 8ft boom to the mix to bring out the finer details on the top of the cave entrance. Next we added another hair light pointing straight up. This light is straight up cool yo. We then pulled in a key light using an 11″ long throw reflector camera right to really carve out the shadows and highlights.

For maximum effect in this shot we used the stand-on-stand technique. Mastered centuries ago in ancient China, this technique is only used when you really need it. It may look a bit confusing, but the results don’t lie. Beautiful man caves every time.


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