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Behind the scenes test photoshoot

Portrait session feat. Laura M.

I have been working regularly with at least 3 to 4 lights the past year, and it was fun. But I jump on the occasion of playing with only one light every time I get the chance to.


By far my most used lighting setup and probably the easiest one to replicate for anyone starting out. I am only using one light so if you look closely at the shadows figuring out where it is placed should be a no-brainer.


I’ve done too many reviews recently, so let’s go back to the good old Behind the scenes videos. Laura, a model "in the making", came by for a few test shots. So I knew I wasn’t gonna blast her with multiple lights. This session took place during the time I was testing the GODOX P-128 .


This Parabolic light focusing system is really perfect for this type of session because you can change the quality of your light in seconds.


Gear-wise, I did the entire session with the Fujifilm GFX100s,the GF80 mm f1.7 and the Godox AD1200 pro.



You will see it in the behind the scenes videos right away... I’ve reached the limits of what I can physically do in such a tight space. On top of that, my model, is quite tall, so I had to do a few background extensions in Photoshop and use a few tricks to make the session work. Doing all this work in post is something I try to avoid as much as I can. The less photoshop, the better!


Laura M. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s and GF 80 mm f/1.7 R WR

1/125sec f/1.7 ISO 50


The GODOX P-128 and the AD1200 pro were placed camera left. When I see that little catch light in the eyes of my model I know I am not far from the right height for my light modifier.



If you are a bit of a control freak, using one light simplifies the process. Your model can move freely, less conflicts, no weird shadows, and you minimise messing up your contrast ratios between all your lights.


Laura M. (Toulouse - France)

Fujifilm GFX100s and GF 80 mm f/1.7 R WR

1/125sec f/1.7 ISO 50



I barely moved the light for all these shots, making easy to try multiple looks. Since it was our first time working together we also did this test shoot to get to know each other.