As most of you already know, John P and Cali have spent the past 11-12 weeks working out as part of their “GeekFit” fitness program. And since they’ve been so committed to sticking with the program, they are seeing incredible results. Because we know a lot of you are being inspired by their journey, we decided to take a few pictures of John last week so we could share them with everyone.
I originally shared the image in this post socially on Facebook and Google+ and had a lot of people get in contact with me to learn more about how I captured this shot. So I decided to make a layout diagram and write a quick post that goes into some of the details as to how I setup my photography studio. (The diagram is shown towards the end of this page.)
To begin, I rolled down some black seamless paper and extended it on the floor for about 10 feet. I had John stand towards the center of the black paper, facing to his right.
The lighting consisted of one key light, which was a small softbox with a speedlight inside of it as the light source. This is the light which was lighting most of John’s upper body and face. I placed the softbox very close to John at about a 45-degree angle on camera-right.
Cali stood on camera-left and held a small white reflector panel, which bounced the light coming from the softbox onto John’s chest, a little bit onto the outside of John’s left forearm and a bit more onto the inside of John’s right forearm.
To add some separation to John’s hands, which was where I wanted the viewer’s eyes to be lead towards, I placed a speedlight on a light stand about 3′ up off the ground. I placed the speedlight/stand on the side of John’s torso that is hidden from view and aimed it towards his hands and the right side of his face.
All flashes were triggered using PocketWizards, with each speedlight set on “Manual” mode. (I don’t remember the exact flash settings I used because I experimented with several different flash exposures.)
The original image was shot in portrait mode but was later cropped to the version you’re seeing in this post. If you’d like to see the un-cropped version, click here.