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Behind the scenes Fitness photoshoot

Feat. Michele Juan and the Godox TL 120


I kept on pushing, and pushing but here we are, It's finally here ! You have seen them in multiple videos already, especially if you are a premium member of the blog. I’ve shared a couple exclusive BTS videos of sessions where I only use them:

Home studio boudoir with RGB led lights II
Home studio boudoir with RGB tube led lights III

So how do I use them now? Before I answer this question, lets dive into one of my latest fitness photoshoot, where I used these lights extensively.



You might have seen Michele in the past, and if you haven't, this our 3rd time working together.


A boudoir session with a fitness athlete
A creative fitness photoshoot

I brought a couple flashes with me for this session with 8 TL120 RGB tube led lights. I ended up only using one flash: My favorite light modifier of the moment, the GODOX P158 paired with the AD1200pro.


During this session I wanted to stick to colors and play with light temperatures. With led lights you can test things a bit faster, especially with the mobile app. You change your settings, and see the effect on your scene right away. When possible, I prefer this method.


I’ve shared my thoughts on other RGB tube led lights in the past. You’ve seen the NANlite Pavotubes (1st ones) a few times… But I’ve switched to the TL120s by Godox and got 2X Godox TL120-K4 kits.


Simple colourful portraits
Improve your lighting with colours

The TL120 K4 kit is delivered in a beautiful sturdy case, and it contains everything you need. Your lights are safe in there, trust me! I also use them for video, which makes them really versatile. I got the grids (optional) for more control and used these tubes solo, in pairs, or in groups of four. I said it earlier, I’ve used them as props regurlarly now, especially during home sessions. For this fitness photoshoot things were a little bit different because we were not stuck at home!


Michele Juan (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF50mm F3.5 R LM WR

1/125sec f/3.5 ISO 100 at 50mm



Michele Juan (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 80mm f/1.7 R WR

1/200sec f/1.7 ISO 50 at 80mm



Creating with colour temperatures, is probably my favorite exercise. Usually I only use 2 light sources. One is set at around 5600K and the other one 3200K. With my TL120 grouped in fours, I had just enough coverage and power.


Michele Juan (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 80mm f/1.7 R WR

1/200sec f/1.7 ISO 50 at 80mm



I now always bring my fog machine with me. I have it just in case in the back of the van. I like to add texture on a scene or create thick clouds around my model. Down below are the 2 versions we kept. Michele chose to keep the one without smoke. What do you think?


Michele Juan (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF 80mm f/1.7 R WR

1/200sec f/1.7 ISO 125 at 80mm



Did you know red is my favorite colour? And still I barely used that colour so far in my work (or did I?). So I had to make a few shots, but this time all 8 tubes were used behind her, and I used the Godox AD1200pro and P158 on the opposite side.


Why did I do that? I needed more power!


Michele Juan (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s +GF 30mm f/3.5 R WR

1/160sec f/3.5 ISO 160 at 30mm



One thing I didn't change during this session, is my love for shooting directly in the shadows. You can see in the BTS footage how I replaced my Parabolic 158 slightly behind her.


Michele Juan (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF50mm F3.5 R LM WR

1/160sec f/3.5 ISO 160 at 50mm



Michele Juan (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s + GF50mm F3.5 R LM WR

1/160sec f/3.5 ISO 160 at 50mm