Over the course of 2017 I’ve taken plenty of photos that have been fun, challenging or fortunate. For each of the 12 days (of Christmas) I’m sharing one of my favourite pictures from 2017.

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#10 – Bill

Bill was made to be photographed; cameras simply cannot fail to capture him in the best light.

This picture is one from a set I shot with the creative folks of the Dream Project at Beltcraft Studios in London. The brilliantly organised group brings models, photographers, stylists, designers, hair and make-up artists to a location to work with a predetermined theme. Each of the photographers gets some time to photograph each of the models individually for short periods of time. You need to know your gear, and be able to create results quickly.

I’d done some thinking and reduced the kit I took to this shoot. I took the EOS 5D Mark IV, a 24-70mm f/4L IS USM, 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, 50mm f/1.2L USM and the 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM used for this shot. Lighting modifiers were the Lastolite medium octa, an Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 some grids and a few gels.

Lighting for this picture comes from three Speedlites; two fitted inside a Lastolite Ezybox Pro medium octabox with a grid on the front, as the main light. The third Speedlite is behind Bill and has a blue 1/2 or 1/4 CTO gel on it. The backlight was set to manual and the main light on Bill’s face is controlled by the camera in E-TTL. All settings for the flash were controlled by the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT on my camera.


Camera settings

  • EOS 5D Mark IV
  • EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens
  • 1/200s, f/2.8, ISO 200
  • Speedlite flash

See you tomorrow for another picture…


About the author

Full-time photo tutor and photographer. I love to share my knowledge and skills to make photos, videos and teach others. I write books and articles for photo magazines and I always have at least one Speedlite flash in my camera bag