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Simple Corporate Portraits: A Lighting Tutorial

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Sign up for a free business coaching call with Jay P. on March 3rd: http://bit.ly/1O0rCtY This is a simple look at how to shoot very basic corporate portraits. When you take a job on to shoot an office full of people where do you start? What background do we need? Where do we shoot? What is the schedule and how do I light everyone? These are a few of the questions that are answered in this look at shooting simple corporate portraits. Our Thanks to Milam, Knecht & Warner, LLP - Glendale, CA. Get your Keep on Clickin' T-Shirts: http://bit.ly/1IBecn9 Products used in this lesson: Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 Lens: http://amzn.to/20sLdu2 Kessler Cineslider: http://amzn.to/1TguMlv Dynalite MP800: http://amzn.to/241hMnw Small Photoflex Octodome: http://amzn.to/1TXbGAe Glidecam HD 2000: http://amzn.to/1Tgv8Zj http://www.kesslercrane.com/ http://www.tamron-usa.com/ http://www.dynalite.com http://www.photoflex.com http://www.niksoftware.com http://www.azdencorp.com http://www.glidecam.com http://triplescoopmusic.com http://www.rosco.com
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Adrien Gremaud (1 month ago)
This video is so Old school ^^
Adrien Gremaud (1 month ago)
​+The Slanted Lens even for 2012.. its so 80'
The Slanted Lens (1 month ago)
Well, we did make it in 2012 :p
Rod Allsopp (1 month ago)
It's a nice tutorial on the process of setting up your lights, starting with the key then adding one more and flagging light where and when you need to, but this is not a simple corporate portrait setup.
Rod Allsopp (1 month ago)
+The Slanted Lens I certainly enjoyed it for what it was. Its nice to see methodical approaches being taught. I need to slow myself down when setting up lighting as I'm still quite new to it and don't get the amount of opportunity to shoot as I'd like and learn from lots of repetition. Thanks for the reply.
The Slanted Lens (1 month ago)
Yeah we realized it's definitely a lot more setup than most people have the equipment for. We hope it was still helpful though, even if you don't have all the same gear we do!
Julie Whelan Photography (2 months ago)
This was an extremely helpful tutorial! I loved the ideas of making a schedule, having a mirror, and setting up a C-stand for people's extra clothes. I've noticed a lot of comments on how this wasn't a simple setup, but I believe it was. You started with one softbox, then built from there to solve problems like separating the subject from the background and blocking the light off light-coloured clothing. Well done!
The Slanted Lens (2 months ago)
Thank you! We are so glad that it was useful for you. If you haven't subscribed for our newsletter, you can do so by going to our website theslantedlens.com for even more helpful tips.
Samuel Magana (3 months ago)
Simple = maybe 1 assistant and 1 light and a reflector.
Joedy Barnes (4 months ago)
5:12 so we're all going to ignore the Illuminati eye for photoflex? And 4 lights as appropriate. He just shouldn't have said simple. Main, fill, rim, and background.
Joedy Barnes (4 months ago)
Depending on where, you can do with some natural light as a rim or full from a natural light source. Reflectors can accomplish fill. A more expensive backdrop can give the illusion of a background light. But the basics are the basics.
Y q LIM (4 months ago)
waste my time watching,. wat the f la.
The Slanted Lens (4 months ago)
Thanks for wasting time with us!
tony knox (5 months ago)
really good video
The Slanted Lens (5 months ago)
hey tony, thanks for checking out the slanted lens!
The Two Perspectives (6 months ago)
He said basic setup for two reasons. You subscribe for a "pro setup" video and his clients will think about paying extra for that pro setup which is similar to basic setup.
Camil Iamandescu (7 months ago)
Thank you for the very comprehensive video! All that little extra tips are gold ! And - yes - for a real pro, this is a besic setup. But with pro results !
The Slanted Lens (6 months ago)
thanks! hope you get some good use out of it and use some of the tips in the field!
Conon Barrett (7 months ago)
Sooo, what was the scenario for shooting? You had a 70-200, was it set at f5.6 or f8 etc. Did you meter your key light for the aforementioned. Then you had a rim light, did you meter that at 1stop under your key light power etc, and probably the same for the background lights! Was this a photography tutorial, or just showing what gear and staff you have!
H & S Photography (7 months ago)
Good results but not basic
TTG Travel (8 months ago)
Amazing Video!
Rob Crowther (8 months ago)
2easydesigns (8 months ago)
I feel like I could have gotten the same results with WAAAAY less equipment.
eyes shut (8 months ago)
A commercial in disguise.
Angel Osorio (8 months ago)
Holy crap. This is exactly what I needed three months ago! 😅
The Slanted Lens (8 months ago)
Better late than never?
Keith Casper (9 months ago)
Four lights? Simple set up? This is good work (and good work if you can get it).
Ron Del Debbio (9 months ago)
A lot of good points here. However all could have been accomplished with 3 strobes, reflector. Fourth light could have been omitted.
Baba Ghanoush (9 months ago)
What is the black flag/scrim? What you used to block the light for those wearing a bright shirt? A link would be cool please.
Scott Willis (9 months ago)
I think the loud background music should have been Black Label Society to give a more corporate feel.
Clarence Newby (9 months ago)
What if you don't have thousands of dollars in gear?
Douglas Williams (9 months ago)
good video except for the annoying "music"
Pocketmikey (9 months ago)
Queston--if you end up having a fill light at the end for the purpose of bouncing off the walls and filling in the shadows a bit, then what's the point of putting the grid on your softbox to prevent bounce light?
Jolonto khalil's work (9 months ago)
Sooooo creative!!!!!
irritating music it destroys the video make ya nerves!
Lukas (10 months ago)
4 lights simple lol
Christopher Gregson (10 months ago)
I know this is an old video, and you may not see this, but... How would you describe the difference in lighting between these corporate portraits and headshots?
thirteeneight (11 months ago)
simple setup he said...
R V (1 year ago)
Longest commercial ever....
donepearce (1 year ago)
Take a look at the amazing portraits Glyn Dewis makes with one light and a softbox, or at a pinch one speedlight and an umbrella.
Paul Langereis (1 year ago)
I forgot to mention that your videos always discuss those small details that can really make an image pop nicely, with good separation from the background. Thanks for all your hard work Jay. You are obviously passionate about what you do, and I really appreciate your tips and thoughts on shooting different styles of portraits etc. Take care.
Paul Langereis (1 year ago)
Another great video. I know some comments suggest this is complicated, and that you don't necessarily need expensive gear, but, hey, if you have the gear then why not use it! I use a combination of studio strobes and speedlites. They work fine, and I can do a 4 light setup easily. The only downside is my studio strobes need outlets. Oh well.
Tamás Szügyi (1 year ago)
Although this was uploaded ~5yrs now I just got here now and find some great tips, so thanks :)
The Slanted Lens (1 year ago)
Glad it could still be helpful to you!
erinxsjxriderx (1 year ago)
was not expecting rinse out jungle at the end of this video hahaha
Matthew Goldman (1 year ago)
What kind of settings did you use here?
John Dennis Macapagal (1 year ago)
Thanks you!
The Slanted Lens (1 year ago)
Thank you for watching, John!
Daniel Rolfe (1 year ago)
Great attention to detail, love your work, very helpful
Duphe (1 year ago)
the explanation is good, but the setup is far from budget or being simple.
André Guerra (1 year ago)
Amazing and very objective! Congrats
CCGtv (1 year ago)
I like what you doing, keep it up!! If you get the chance check out my channel, stay blessed!!
Carlos Cavaleri (1 year ago)
El tio se llama JP Morgan? bufff
The Slanted Lens (1 year ago)
¡Si! Me gusto mi nombre.
Antonio Rivera (1 year ago)
I learned a few things from the video such as a reason to use a grid in a small room and reasons to have lite brighter or darker due to clothing and hair color. Right now that set up is way out of my income level and expertise level but it was still good to know. Thanks JP!
The Slanted Lens (1 year ago)
Thanks for watching, Antonio! If you ever have any questions, feel free to ask!
Mike Morgan (1 year ago)
Basic? 4 lights, multiple assistants, columnater, huge backdrop. Nothing basic about this.
Clark Griswald (1 year ago)
Yes, very basic if you have $15,000 worth of equipment, five assistants, and all day to arrange the shoot - this is nonsense.
Daniel Camargo (1 year ago)
u995 (1 year ago)
Really usefull
Aziz Ghanim (1 year ago)
Many thanks for all the vids you are putting in your channel. The are very helpful and informative.
Lutch Media (1 year ago)
Love your videos but this is not a very simple set up so the title is misleading
Blake Bauer (1 year ago)
Thanks for the great video as always JP! Any tips for getting work shooting corporate headshots?
Branko Mitić (1 year ago)
I like how you advertise Tamron lens and then shoot with Canon :D
calizess (1 year ago)
$10k worth of light. Simple, very simple.
Mohammad Dabiri (1 year ago)
as a tutorial? - total overkill... too complicated and intimidating for beginners too brief and hasty for an intermediate to step-up their game and useless for advanced photographers Cool business ad though :-)
RE Marketing (1 year ago)
I'd say there's $25,000 of gear there.
Maizy Kalhoun (1 year ago)
Simple. Right. Stopped watching after about a minute. Felt more like a commercial than a tutorial.
Tony's Imagery (1 year ago)
Way too much work and way too much equipment for a corporate shot. Can achieve the same goal with 1 or 2 lights. That bounce back is still achieved due to the fact there's a ceiling right above them. For starting photographers to see this, you teach overkill. Please note im not hating by no means, but corporate shots can be done with a low cost set of newwer c180s around 1/32 or fully low and a 1/64 setting speedlight HSS setting or maybe even 2nd curtain. Like that first hot one you shot, that shot totally looks like a 1 light setup. I do love your accommodations for the workers though but 2-3 suits? They do have to work you know lol For the record, this was nothing close to "basic" lol
Jim Cummings (1 year ago)
Simple? Right:(
The Precise Developer (1 year ago)
wow, as useless as it could get. Call a spade a spade. It's an ad, not a tutorial!
Mark Rivera (1 year ago)
Thank you for not having your introduction music on blast like everybody else on YouTube.
The Slanted Lens (1 year ago)
You're welcome!
Paul Fitzgerald (1 year ago)
Hi J.P. I loved this video and picked up lots of great information including brining hangers! My goal is to pick up corporate shoots like this but I'd rather bring only the right gear that's needed and know where it goes. Can you recommend a combination of my gear & placement or should I get better heads for corporate shoots? 1 T800D 800 w/s strobe head, and a 6 x 4 softbox with honeycomb grid 2 strobe heads at 160 w/s each with a 2x3 softbox 1 strobe head. 180 w/s with 2x3 softbox 1 strobe head 150 w/s (umbrellas only, different mount- britek) have shoot through, reflective and black-backed white. My lenses Tamron 24-70 2.8, canon 70-200 F4, Canon 50 1.4, Rokinon 85mm 1.4 Manual lens (focus on live view always) canon 28-135 3.5-5.6
Agrajag68 (2 years ago)
Someone wanted some shots at her home for a dating website. Thank you for this reference. I used the lighting set up albeit with speedlights and tissue boxes I cut the bottoms off of and taped white paper towel to diffuse the light. She was very pleased with the outcome and it was fun to do. Thanks.
Karl Mullings (2 years ago)
What are you using for a flag! I like it
Rashad Almilad (2 years ago)
why does not anyone show how to take portraits without expensive equipment ?
Ls Lx (1 year ago)
Rashad Almilad anybody
David Boyes (2 years ago)
SIMPLE!? Are you kidding?
Ls Lx (1 year ago)
he was or perhaps he wasnt
Pablo V. (2 years ago)
"The room is small"
Cauf E. Bean (2 years ago)
I would love to know, for a full day shoot like this, 16 people, what would you bill? Also, I'm sure it was stated in the contract, but what are you typically delivering to the client - proofs, a digital package with various formatted sizes of each person, and what are the intellectual property agreements put in place on these photos? Are you turning them over with a limited use license, or do you provide a full use license, etc.?
Mark Bernhardt (2 years ago)
Cauf E. Bean Often it's easier to charge your day rate and give them full rights to use headshots.
Cauf E. Bean (2 years ago)
Anthony C - thanks. I can understand that: especially at my level (new business) where being undercut would break me. But I'd heard from many professionals with a solid brand that publishing your rates simplified customer acquisition. Nonetheless, your explanation is appreciated and I can see why I wouldn't get a response. I guess this is more open in the mentor/mentee relationship, perhaps.
Anthony C (2 years ago)
You will find it very rare, Cauf, for any photographer to reveal his or her rates publicly. If you are interested in hiring that professional, then that's where discussion of the $$ typically happens. Your question is understandable, but I think there will be silence. What the photographer might be more willing to discuss here, however, are your other questions: what they typically deliver, the format, the licensing, etc. Highly interesting without the photographer revealing how much he got paid.
Sha K (2 years ago)
Thank you very much! Very helpful contents!
margelatu24 (2 years ago)
WTH! at 0:19 is a tamron 27-70 and he is using a 70-200 to shoot... i'm missing something?
Paul Fitzgerald (1 year ago)
I have. the Tamron 24-70 and my version has a strange high contrast color cast. (maybe a coating came off) I recently fell in love with that lens again because I created a preset in Lightroom matching the color on a color chart through this lens to that of a canon prime 50. So despite I spent years debating if I can use it I really knew I'd come up with a solution and never let it go, it's super sharp!
Magnus Nyborg (2 years ago)
Well, he is getting paid by Tamron to include it in the video, which is pretty much the only reason why it ever appeared in this video I guess.
The Slanted Lens (2 years ago)
+margelatu24 Sorry for the confusion. I initially thought I would use the 24-70mm lens, but ended up going with the longer lens for the portraits. I did switch back to the first one for those group shots at the end of the session. Thanks for your question and for watching!
blackjohnny0 (2 years ago)
This place was huge compared to my home ateliere.
Kerwin Fernandes (2 years ago)
Great Video.. God Bless!! :D
Elaine (2 years ago)
This definitely isn't "simple". When you have 4 people setting up, it's not simple!
Brian DeSimone (1 year ago)
its all relative
Jen W (2 years ago)
And he said they got there at 7 and ready to shoot by 8:30?
Anthony C (2 years ago)
Agreed. That's a mini-crew for sure.
Kalai K (2 years ago)
Ya got me, I didn't realize I was watching a commercial. I want my 5 minutes back.
George Georgopoulos (2 years ago)
Simple 4 light set up lol. This is a comercial!!
Cameron Hood (2 years ago)
Great video, totally pro, thank you!
The Slanted Lens (2 years ago)
Thanks Cameron!
What is the flag for again and were do you get one?
Anthony C (2 years ago)
I'm not sure I understand though. The flag (semi-translucent or not) was not being held in front of the light to cut down, but way. Perhaps I need to watch it again.
Opsproclan605 (2 years ago)
It's used to help dim down the light, but just on the bright shirts. Because they set up for darker clothing, the white shirt would overexpose or reflect bright lighting back, so they use it to stop that. I believe (I could be wrong) it's semi-transparent so it doesn't totally cast a hard shadow across their shirt, but just dims it a little bit. I'm not a professional though, so I could be wrong.
Josef Cross (2 years ago)
If you have all the gear used here, do you *really* need to be watching this tutorial??????
Jonathan Rodríguez (5 months ago)
Good point.
Kit Tran (8 months ago)
no, this guy is a hack
god563616 (1 year ago)
Josef aExactly
Gavin F (2 years ago)
yes. It's a great reference and refresher if 'Corporate' is not your day-to-day business. Well done JP, keep 'em coming
vanrajsinh chauhan (2 years ago)
so good
izauCabra (2 years ago)
Great photos, but definitely not "simple." The equipment used in this shoot runs in the thousands, and it takes a whole team to put together a shoot of this size.
JRH (2 years ago)
If you don't mind working on a budget & with speedlites, I have recently got a set of godox soft boxes (around £30 each) from e-bay. They are speedlite kits & the brackets that they come with are cool as you can use them to fit flash attachments from elinchrom, bowens etc. Flash transmitters & receivers are cheap if you don't mind individually controlling each light. You can easily get a similar setup as this for a fraction of the cost.
HJB Productions LLC (2 years ago)
Gr8 tutorial. Any lead on how much is a reasonable fee for this type of jobs?
The Slanted Lens (2 years ago)
+HJB Productions LLC Thanks. It varies, really. If you're interested in more info you can sign up for my business coaching class. I have lessons that will help you figure out how much to charge, plus I'm available for four monthly calls where you can ask me questions directly if you need more in-depth help. http://theslantedlens.com/businessclass
Christopher Dasconio (2 years ago)
BASIC set up ? Are you freaking kidding me ? 4 light set up ? Cineslider ? GTFOH.
Malik Martin (11 months ago)
god563616 I completely agree. This video is clearly redundant and an OVERKILL. 1/2 Umbrellas will suffice. Hell, one speedlite will work just fine. In today's photography so called photographers are substituting their lack of skills, creativity and thoughtfullness (aka TECHNIQUE) With Technogology. The appropriate heading for this video would have been ".....hey look at all the gear am using, am better than you" Sad and Stupid. White House Photo Journalists and Photographers are only permited to bring in one camera, 1 lens and 1 speedlight- THATS IT! Yet they shoot resoundingly great photos. Read up on presidential photographers: They are Masters of Technique they can shoot with a disposable camera and produce a Masterpiece. Again: THE TYPEWRITER DOESNT WRITE A BOOK ONLY A GREAT AUTHOR DO. Sad that photography has DEVOLVED To Technology rather than Technique or Technic.
ILC Buy and Sell (11 months ago)
Agreed, while I might have chosen more diplomatic wording that the OP, this just strikes me as overkill
CraftedPixel (1 year ago)
If you want basic. Use your phone. :D
Joe Underbakke (1 year ago)
Haha, my thought exactly man!
god563616 (1 year ago)
Christopher Dasconio Yes I was thinking the same thing all 4 lights are not nesscary I've shot portraits for masters graduating class of 48 people with two umbrellas ONLY, no grids, no background light, and it came out beautifully.
RandomVideoNut (2 years ago)
Thank you so much for making this video!!
Marcos Amaro (2 years ago)
This video is great, thank you for sharing all those great tips with us.
mc sabai (2 years ago)
sir how many strobes do u using in video?? 3 or 4 I got a little bit confused ??
Mike Morgan (2 years ago)
Not really a "simple" shoot. Multiple photographers, assistants and thousands in equipment.
rbp917 (2 years ago)
Thanks for posting, very informative and concise
Steve Jurkovic (2 years ago)
I enjoyed this. Obviously there are many ways to shoot a portrait, this is another data point - things to consider when designing my set up
The Slanted Lens (2 years ago)
+Steve Jurkovic Great to hear! Keep at it, and send us a picture of your setup and portrait subject when you get it done. Send it to [email protected]
Baidu Inc. (2 years ago)
Hi. Could you tell me where I can buy the background light you used in the video?
The Slanted Lens (2 years ago)
+Baidu Research Hi there, we use Dynalite. This is the powerpack http://amzn.to/20FJOpl, and this is the head http://amzn.to/20FJUxe. We used a Photoflex softbox - http://amzn.to/1Xe3IlV. Thanks for watching!
Alex (2 years ago)
>When a newbie watches this video
Quintin Mills (2 years ago)
Do you have a preferred f-stop for these types of shots?
The Slanted Lens (2 years ago)
+Quintin Mills Something that will keep your whole subjects face in focus is generally good to use for corporate headshots. So depending on how far back you are, f8, f11, or higher, will be good.
james Holmes (2 years ago)
on average how much would you charge for something like this.. I'm a free lance photographer in sc and trying to get my prices just right..Thanks
Claudio Romero (2 years ago)
Marca illuminati.
Fresh Fresh (2 years ago)
what is the point to buy whole camera shop to make portraits, try to do this alone? with gear decreased to minimum
Elysion B (2 years ago)
anybody know where to get those black flags that he used during the shooting?
Jerry Cargill (2 years ago)
+Chris B. I think you could find them at almost any photo supply store. Do a search at Adorama and dozens of black flags will be listed.
Chris Gilloch (3 years ago)
Thanks - A very well thought out video and some things that I didn't think about - thanks for taking the time to make the video!
livin kitten (3 years ago)
i am curious about what happens behind the scenes because i plan to take some corporate photos. i liked your results, which is why i watched your video. you and your team are very prepared. thanks for sharing. best...
DL6UK (3 years ago)
Thanks! Makes sense.
Jeff Blankenship (3 years ago)
Good information.  A couple suggestions from the video production point of view; I thought you over-used the timelapse; redundant and went beyond it's value and purpose. It started to feel like filler.  The sound track was too intense for a tutorial; it creates tension.  you want your viewer to be relaxed and learn, not feel tense and uptight.  The combination of the two made the video more difficult to absorb.  thanks for the information; it is valuable.
Joe Jackson (3 years ago)
Solid advice for anyone.. Nice video J.P.
Khalil Oubaaqa (3 years ago)
can we get the same backdrop motion & color , after keying a green screen ? because i painted the wall with green , so how can i edit it to this background in photoshop ? and get the same naturalisme ???? thank you
Craig Volpe (3 years ago)
Thanks for making a sharing this! I especially liked the tips of extra stuff to bring at the end.

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