Deconstruct This Photo 5.0 – Tell Me How It Was Done

I still deconstruct the work of other photographers all the time – it’s a great way to expand skill sets and understanding. And I know from your previous feedback that you guys are fond of these posts, so let’s dig into another one.

I was asked to photograph the amazing and controversial Prince Manvendra of India last month in NYC. It was an honor. But tell me…

How did I make this picture?
Is it a snapshot?
If so, how?
The camera Settings?
The direction?
Post production?
Whatever details you think were needed to make this image.

We’ve done this lots before, but I thought this particular image would be a good one to dig into for a couple reasons. I’ll reveal how it was made in a followup post and give a signed book or something to one person who nails it in the comments below.

235 Responses to Deconstruct This Photo 5.0 – Tell Me How It Was Done

  1. Didier Kaade August 4, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    One Light Camera Left, With a barn door on it.

    Settings f11 1/250th

    No Ps, SOC

  2. Luis August 4, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    Maybe with a 35mm o 50mm. Main light on the left side, top, hard light, small softbox with grid. Two lights with small grids for the background?

  3. Shawn August 4, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    At a quick glance on my phone, I’m thinking this is a one light set up. Will look closer when back at my desk.

  4. Jonathan Martinez August 4, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    Is it a snapshot?no?
    Lighting? a dish to the left of the prince. since theres not a huge light fall off off his chair.
    If so, how? 2 lights.. one left as i said before one in the back also to light the speakers behind him which almost looks it has a grid
    The camera Settings? f5.6 200th
    The direction?idk
    Post production?almost looks raw. maybe little or no vignette.

  5. Matthew T Rader August 4, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    Great shot Chase! I really like it!

    Lighting – two stobes, one on his right and one behind the chair pointing to speakers
    The camera Settings – f8 – 1/250
    Post production – slight boosts in sharpening, contrast and saturation.

    • KpAustinWeird August 4, 2011 at 9:12 am #

      I’m with Matthew. I think he nailed it. And yes, great photo. Love the contrast of traditional clothes with the electronic world.

      • Matt August 20, 2011 at 5:40 am #

        Nah, If there was a second flash on the speakers you wouldn’t get the chair shadow on the speakers.

  6. glenn August 4, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    looks like a single gridded beauty dish on camera left, up about 1 foot above the subjects head and slightly in front of the camera.

  7. Raymond Hicks August 4, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Camera settings aren’t too hard…​?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fblog.​​p-content%2Fuploads%2F2011​%2F08%2Fchasejarvis_prince​-manvendra.jpg

    You have one light, approximately 30-45 degrees to our left of the camera.

    I’d have to say post involved tweaking the white balance just a bit either by sampling on his pants or a preshot with a white card. Saturation and Vibrance increased just a little (Nikons are always a little desaturated but that’s a D3s, what I’m planning to get next).

    Increased blacks and contrast. Finally, exported at full jpg resolution.

    • Will August 4, 2011 at 9:19 am #

      this bad taste man, it takes the whole fun out of it searching the metadata, thats having someone else do the work and you take the glory, not cool.

      The whole purpose is to try reverse engineer the lighting, camera settings etc, you’re taking all the fun out of it by cheating.

      • Ali M. August 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

        Why is this cheating? if Chase decides to include exif as part of his published photo, it’s fair game. EXIF is actually a great way to learn and I do it all the time. The artist always has option to include the exif during export.

        • James W August 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

          yes it is a good way to learn, but the post was asking to figure it out.

    • James W August 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

      Nice….do you go around telling all your friends the endings of movies they want to see? use a dictionary when playing scrabble? tell little kids there’s no Santa?

      You missed the point of trying to deconstruct the picture.

  8. Kris August 4, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    This picture sucks !

  9. Matt Brock August 4, 2011 at 8:52 am #


  10. Ben Walker August 4, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Looks like a very well composed snapshot, using natural light from a window with an added pop from a flash mounted to the left of the subject at ‘face level’. Appears to have center or average meter and autofocus on. Perhaps post processed with a little clarity and a vignette.

  11. mark rodriguez August 4, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    lighting: grided octobox to the the camera left and raised about 6′ above subject aimed down towards him and flagged on both sides to contain spill even further.
    aperture: f8
    shutter: 250 sec

    that’s what i see

  12. michaeltangen August 4, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Single strobe angled slightly more than 45 degrees, and probably a small shoot-through umbrella — the telling flash in the subject’s eye is pretty small and circular, so I’d say that it wasn’t that big of an umbrella.

  13. Yarrumk August 4, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Taken with an iPhone, 1 minute exposure, you running around wearing only a thong lighting the scene with letting LED lights and bring himself in to sit for the last 15 seconds when u pop a container of flash powder camera left. Oh, there may or may not have been mescaline involved, certainly horse tranquillisers.

    No need to let me know how close I am just yet, give the others a chance.


    • David August 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

      LOL … now theres an image I’d like to see.

  14. vonKlepper August 4, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Cool shot! f8 1/100, 1 overhead strobe with no post work done!

  15. Renè August 4, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    I Would Say one spped ligth wihit a octobox or an umbrella low iso, maybe maybe 1/100th anf f 11 or 13

  16. Wesley August 4, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Let me take a guess.
    It looks pretty wide let’s say 24mm and overall pretty sharp so f8-f11 range.
    I see 2 lights, one hard light camera left and high probably with a grid to avoid spill.
    Second light behind the chair aimed at the speakers, possibly snooted.

    I totally love the setting, with this kind of clothing i would expect some dunes or a palace, but you totally went the other way.. love it :)

  17. Gabi August 4, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    Single light source, possibly off-camera flash with snoot, coming from top left ca. 45 degrees in heigt and 15 degrees towards camera from subject; light source ca 6-9 ft distance to head of subject – alternatively a studio spotlight with flaps, ca 4-6 ft distance to head of subject.

    Camera at shoulder height of subject, lens somewhere in the range of 25-40mm (depending on sensor format – full frame closer to 40mm, cropped closer to 25mm), possibly tripod (or you kneeling down), ISO100, f/8 or smaller, rather fast exposure (1/125sec or faster)

    Minimal post processing; if at all, then a subtle vignette and some sharpening.

    Am I right?

  18. Ed Rode August 4, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    One light-45 degree angle-spot-with a happy accident reflection from behind

  19. Gary Hurley August 4, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    Hmmm… I’m stuck on the Fisher tweeter repeated on the scarf? Photoshop artifact?

  20. Rodbotic August 4, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    single light source, it’s pretty colimated so to flags or barndoors on the sides.
    but it is a touch soft. so maybe a beautydish.

  21. Ben F August 4, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    I think the way this photo was shot was unique and planned. Most likely not a snap shot. They were probably using one light with a beauty dish or soft box to diffuse the raw light just enough to give dramatic shadows. The ISO is probably below 200 with the estimates of aperture and shutter speed being somewhere around f2.8 and 1/125-1/200. There is a story behind this photo, but I do not know it. The background gives some sort of story around the man in the photo and that’s why it’s shot how it is. The artist wants to show his relationship between him and the speakers. Or… I’m totally wrong and it just is one of those things that looks really cool and gave really great contrast. That’s my break down of the photo!

    Cheers Chase,

    Ben Flynn

  22. Chase August 4, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    I count 4 lights.

    2 gridded on the speakers in the background. 1 left and 1 right.
    2 on your subject. I overall fill, camera left somewhat high, but not too high and one more focused/snooted/gridded on his facial area, left almost even with his shoulders.

    Camera: f/8
    ISO 200

  23. Chip Litherland August 4, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    Natural window light in a pitch back room – Lightroom vignette…either that or a thousand tiny little unicorns unseen to the naked eye floating around bestowing their magical light upon him.

  24. Owen dart August 4, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    Disposable camera? With a few torches?? :D

  25. Ryan Bates August 4, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    beauty dish with a grid 45degrees camera left
    a floor light behind the chair to illuminate the speakers also with a grid
    reflector to camera right to fill in the shaddows of his face just a little
    Classic rembrandt lighting pattern
    a little saturation in the yellows ang reds
    BIG vignette to bring the focus more to the subject.
    Looks good Chase.

  26. Allan August 4, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    4ft parabolic

  27. Bill August 4, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Looks like it could have been done relatively quickly using two hot shoe flashes, one camera left and one tucked behind the chair pointed at the background. The flash at camera left is probably zoomed out or has a grid to get a nice, tight beam on the suject. The depth of field indicates a relative small apeture, say f11 with a shutter speed at 1/125 or 1/250 to get that darkened background. There would probably have to be some post work to take out some hotspots, especially in the backgroung where the flash would be close to the speakers. I would have also deepened the shadows in the left side of the picture to really boost the contrast and make the subject really pop.

    The quick setup, simple layout, and comfortable/somewhat casual appearance of the subject read to me like a snapshot. Something done on short notice, in a less than ideal setting (hence the blacked out background behind the vintage sound equipment).

    Or… Not… That’s my best guess at any rate.

  28. afmaristela August 4, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Just by looking at this photo, I’m already feeling high key lighting with some standard halogen flash in hot box pointing down. Camera is less than shoulder height, with a cool wide angle DX lens, most likely 17mm-35mm (but I wouldn’t doubt a 12-24mm).
    On the low end of the replication lab, I could get away of achieving this shot with M setting at ISO 200, 160. F-8-F-11. With standard bracketing and fiddling.

    On the high end, maybe a three light set up, using snoot light to light a portion of the left side speakers, third flash behind the chair lighting directly of speakers on middle-right area, and a beauty dish main light in a 45 degrees to the left pointing down.

  29. Richie August 4, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    How did I make this picture? Speaker Warehouse
    Is it a snapshot? No
    Lighting? yes
    If so, how? 2 lights with grids. Key light in dish with grid, high and camera left (grid only placed light on subject). Hard Spot light in barn doors, camera right on floor to illuminate background… 2 stops lower
    The camera Settings? Manual; f/11 @ 250th a sec. or faster… I see the black bar!
    The direction? camera tilt to right… the black bar on the left side! lol
    Post production? Burn the edges in PS!

  30. Travis Tank August 4, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    I think its a gridded strip light on the subject possibly flagged to contain spill. I am also going to say two lights to light the speaker, on right behind the subject with a grid ( possibly 20 degree ) and then one on a c stand pointing at the left set of speakers with a much tighter grid ( possibly 40 degree or more ). I am going with f8 iso 100 1/160 even though the shutter speed on this really doesn’t matter whether is 1/200 1/250 1/160 or 1/125 ect.

  31. Jason Minton August 4, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    - Single speedlight at camera left about 80 degrees almost 90 about 6-7ft from the floor (probably a SB900 with a diffuser)
    – f/8 1/100 ISO800
    – 24mm prime
    – Photoshop
    – levels adjustment to increase contrast
    – noise reduction
    – possibly added vignetting

  32. Michael Toye August 4, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    Full frame, 50mm? Single strobe, high to the left. Maybe a snoot. small aperture. If I shot and PP’d to achieve this, i will have boosted the colors a little, slight vignette and a soft light blend to increase contrast.

    I shoot with a 5D Mark 2 and 50/85 f/1.2L – this doesn’t look like canon work. Hasselblad?


  33. John Mason August 4, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    How did I make this picture?
    With a camera :)

    Is it a snapshot?
    I would say not with the lighting.

    A softbox top left basically right over him lighting him and the floor around him. Two snooted lights lighting the background speakers. ONe left and one right.

    The camera Settings?
    f5.6 – 1/200, 35mm

    The direction?
    Not sure of your the question here.

    Post production?

  34. Adam Casner August 4, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    How did I make this picture? – With a fucking camera

    Is it a snapshot? -I don’t know what that means. I figure a snapshot means no setup, so no this isn’t since there’s deliberate lighting and a set.

    Lighting? If so, how? – One bigass key light to camera left and up high.

    The camera Settings? Shit, didn’t see this question. ISO 400, 1/100, F 5.6

    The direction? Straight ahead.

    Post production? Nah.

  35. TheGift73 August 4, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Shot on a DSLR (First time poster, so not sure if you shoot Nikon or Canon)
    Bulb light to top left of camera with barn door open on one side to stop light spilling over to the right of the image (light was allowed to float left but not right I think?)
    ISO: 400
    Shot in Manual (I hope)
    Subject looks very relaxed and image is very sharp as is the background, so aperture f/6.0?

    Editing: Increase blacks to 8 from 5, maybe some extra sharpening was involved. I doubt you increased any luminance as not sure noise would have been an issue, and the image looks too sharp for any serious amount of luminance to have been added. Unable to see if you added a slight vignette to the outside to further the blacks on the outer edge, but 50/50 on that one.
    Added a fraction of vibrancy to make the colours pop a little?

    Probably very wrong on all level, but though I’d give it a shot :-)

  36. afmaristela August 4, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Also, Post production, maybe a tweak in the contrast department, and definitely a quick tweak to the Filter>Distort>Lens Correction> Vignette. Thanks for a wonderful deconstruction sample. [I’m not really a photographer, I just play one on Facebook.] –

  37. stephan mantler August 4, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    light: #1 camera left, at perhaps 5ft, pointed maybe 30deg downwards. #2 camera right, about level with those candles, horizontal. i’d guess bare reflectors on both; in fact could even be small flash.
    snapshot: no. deliberate lighting of those speakers doesn’t count as snapshot to me.
    camera settings: stopped way down to get sharpness to the prince and the speakers, and to subdue ambient. i’d guess f/11.
    direction: imagine you’re listening to your favorite music through all that fine equipment behind you.
    post: drop down shadows a little for slightly more contrast.

  38. Rashawn August 4, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    One hard light cam left at subject
    One flagged cam right bg
    One cam left Bg

    F9 or so

    Crushed blacks saturated yellows and reds

  39. revive ramesh August 4, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    maybe a simple shot with a kit lens like 18-55mm and with one simple flash from the left – that’s all – the rest is up to the maharaja!!

  40. Brendan Shanley August 4, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    2 lights. There’s one behind the chair aimed at the speakers with some sort of scoop attachment. The other has a large soft box (probably octo) and is mostly left and very slightly in front of the subject about the as high as his shoulder.

    F11 at ISO 200 with shutter of 1/250

    In post the yellow saturation was pushed slightly while the over all saturation was dropped. The image was warmed up on with temperature and any blue was desaturated even more. Looks like the magenta was pushed in the white balancing somewhat too. But probably shot at auto white balance and adjusted later. Blacks (maybe at 10) and vingetting were added to push focus on the subject. Slight increase in contrast maybe at 45. I’d say the brightness is equal and put a small s-curve to it all.

  41. Paolo Corradeghini August 4, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Hi Chase,
    Lighting: 2 strobes: one (medium) softbox with grid, camera left to light the subject and the spill light on the background (i can see the shadow of the prince and the armchair on the background, right side of the frame). Another strobe camera left high in a small beauty dish (maybe diffuser off) to light the prince’s face and gently fading on his body.
    No snapshot i guess.
    Camera settings: ISO 200, f/11, 1/200.
    Postproduction: light boost on sharpening and little vignetting.

  42. Lori August 4, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Ok…I’m goin in :-)

    I don’t think this is a snapshot. He is posed…he is well put together. I think that the lighting is caused by an open door to his front/right with some sort of light source shining in…leaving a sense of mystery. Camera setting…geesh…F5.6? ISO 600? Not good at this part of the guess work. Not a ton of post production because you didn’t have to. There’s my 2 cents…

  43. David Schnack August 4, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Single source higher and 3/4 to the front left. Minimal diffusion. single source on the background just to the camera right, naked.

    probably 160 @ f8 or f11

    minimal post production.

    what i’m trying to figure out is what seems to be is a ghost speaker on his orange shawl. almost makes me wonder if it’s two exposures…..

  44. Debjyoti August 4, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    4 lights.
    1 top of subject
    2 from right
    3 extreme right to light object at right
    4 behind subject to bring out subject from background
    f1.8 200th 35mm iso300
    Raw, vignette

  45. DChex August 4, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Looks like it was a full set up composition, not a snapshot definitely. Perhaps done at the music or electronics store. Two strobe lights for the speakers in the background. Main light with softbox on the left. Probably f8 – f7 shot at 1/250 with the prime 24mm. Some post poduction with levels, color balance and sharpening.

  46. George Ko August 4, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    Lighting: 2 softboxes, one from the left side and one a little right of center
    Camera Settings: f8 125 ISO 160
    Color: Adobe RGB
    Post: Aperture- increase sharpness, contrast, saturation
    Lenses: Nikon 35mm f1.4 G

  47. Tennyson-Aldane August 4, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    Camera Settings: F7.1, ISO 200, Shutter 1/200
    Lighting: 1 soft box on a stand at the top right hand side of the prince pointing down at an angle. Another Soft Box directly in front.
    Post Production: A small amount vignetting, a small amount of contrast and 10% saturation.


  48. Bruno Postigo August 4, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    How did I make this picture?
    35mm lens, on a D3

    Is it a snapshot?

    Softbox on the left, with snooted speedlights to highlight parts of the background.

    The camera Settings?

    M, 1/250 , F8, ISO 200

    Post production?
    Bumped contrast, saturation, also sharpening. I feel that the vignette was enhanced in post as well.

  49. Paul Clarke August 4, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    I think there is 3 lights. A bare strobe camera left 45 degrees to the subject. A strobe lighting the left side of the speakers and another behind the chair lighting the right hand side of the speakers.

  50. Seagram August 4, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    My guess would be:

    1x light head camera high left. Bare bulb (no modifier) pointed at the subject.
    1x light head camera right, probably snooted/barn doors on the background speakers

    Settings: f8, around 1/100 (dark room to start with). Wider focal length, 30mm region.

  51. DavidAndrew August 4, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Rather than the mechanics of the photo, the composition reminds me (ok, loosely) of the old Maxell “blown away” photo. Certainly a classic for those old enough, found here:
    So, perhaps you took subconscious inspiration from that and created a modern day version with potentially a statement on the world’s changing population and culture. Haha, or not.

  52. phil August 4, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    One light, camera left. One light behind the chair. All small flashes.
    More importantly, I’m guessing there were 11 assistants, 2 catering trucks and a handful of security guards. If there was any post production work, add 6 more people for that.


  53. Kimm Anderson August 4, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    Hi Chase. Love this. Very dramatic. Taking a guess at what you did here, I’d say it’s either two or three lights. Key is a snooted or gridded hard light camera left on the prince. My guess are that there are two speedlights behind the prince. The first would be behind the chair pointed straight back at the speakers. Another light may have been gridded or snooted and angled back to the left from the same position to catch the edges on the speakers at the left of the frame in a controlled pattern. Fairly wide lens, maybe the Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 at about 11 or so, 1/250th to drop any ambient out of the equation.

  54. Jeremyquam August 4, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    How did I make this picture? Preplanned photoshoot

    Is it a snapshot? Nope

    Lighting? Two gridded strobes one left at 45 degree angle one right at 45 degree angle on beauty dish directly above or soft box to light figure and strobe at left to accent figures details.

    The camera Settings? F/11 set at 250th iso at 200 possibly 100 with 24mm…

    The direction? To show the difference between old and new the old religion and the new style of medium filled lives represented by the speakers.

    Post production? processed in ps with increased black levels and contrast and tweaked vibrance. The WB was probably preset before the shoot


  55. Will August 4, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    How did I make this picture? stacked up amps and sat a chair in front :)
    Is it a snapshot? yes and no, i think it may be one of those “happy accidents” in between shots
    Lighting? yes
    If so, how? 1 or 2 lights, defo 1 gridded up and over subject 45 degrees @ camera left, maybe another at further left but i’m pretty sure its 1 light.
    The camera Settings? quite wide, 24mm maybe, file looks super clean, i’m assuming D3s so maybe ISO 200, probably 1/160th to kill ambient.
    The direction? none, happy accident :)
    Post production?boost in contrast, even if that.

  56. Will August 4, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    oh yeah aperture about f8,

  57. Jim August 4, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    Three light set up: one camera left, elavated about 6′ with a flag of some sort for spill. one behind the chair on speakers, and the third, in a softbox (to control direction) on the subject.
    24mm, f/8.0, 1/250 to kill ambient.
    Post – vignette to further darken corners, possibly a little fill on subject.

  58. Peter August 4, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    1. key light orthogonal soft box about 6 feet high, 50-60 degrees at the left, direction of it allow quick falloff at the right side of the model and the same time illuminate softly background
    2. very directional light at the right possibly snoot like quality to illuminate speakers behind model and separate model give the dimension and distance
    3. overhead soft box possibly with the grid to illuminate model
    Hopefully I got it right

  59. Bill August 4, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    FYI – you left metadata on this photo, so it was shot on the 24-70/f2.8

    From looking closely at the pic, 1 soft box high on camera left angled to light most of speakers in rear and to provide the Prince that wonderful rembrandt lighting.

    Possible use of white reflector/card on camera right, but light falloff on chair and hard shadows on the left side of the Prince’s face suggests that it was not used.

    Post processing, looks vignetting or burning was added to direct attention to the Prince and control light spillage on the floor and speakers.

    Fantastic subject and great eye contact with camera : )

  60. Jedmundson August 4, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    It lookks as if he is lit by sunlight coming through a skylight. I don’t know about settings on camera. I think you may have snapped this while discussing the shoot but hadn’t planned it. When you saw the light was so good I think you shot it. Nice job no matter how it was done!

  61. Craig Taberner August 4, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Your trusty D3s and 24-70 combo, 100th/200th sec, f/8, ISO 800. 3 strobes, One camera left, gridded? aiming at the speakers on the left hand side. One above subject, slightly left and forward, shot thru octa?. And the other camera right, just out of shot, snooted, at an angle shooting across the speakers behind the subject. Maybe some minimal post, sharpen, contrast, colour adjust……

  62. Derwin Sierra August 4, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    I think this is a 2 part piece. Its composed of 2 shots. Prince on chair and speakers. (Prince in chair) There is a an overhead soft box for minimal light. an a strobe flash that was powered at 1/8th. This flash is in the same direction as his body. You were at a 17mm distance (lens 24-50mm depending on brand) Your ISO was 400 at a speed of 1/160. Then you shot the speakers with 2 strobes and a overhead softbox. The 2 flashes hit different spots of the speakers one flash being stronger than the other. Speaker reflection was added to the floor. The strange thing is that there is a reflection from the speakers on the floor and not from the prince seating..hmmmmmm. Ok still two part piece but the floor and the speakers are one image. Prince in chair were added. Camera level is a bit below his eyes to give him the look of power and authority. The other question is why did you shoot him in front of speakers. Not sure if that was the final image. I almost see the prince with a vintage 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SL Convertible. But that’s just me. But having the speakers in the background signifies loud voice among his people.

  63. ibookery August 4, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Nice composed shot. 24mm or 35mm? Will a good 24mm lens keep the image as rectilinear as this one?
    Principal light left and high pointed at the Prince.
    2 lights left and right to light the speakers.
    Right speaker light placed on floor by speaker. Left speaker light hidden behind chair pointed up at the speakers.
    1/2 power? light behind chair to light the the floor under the chair.
    Post processing to remove the shadows from the behind the chair floor light.

  64. Chris August 4, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    Two lights used to shoot the ‘wall’ of speakers. Main light is to the left of camera angle, soft fill on the right for shadows. Contrast adjusted to make the image pop, shadow areas on the speakers deepened. Colour saturation increased a little. I’m wondering if background and subject were actually shot separately as on the princes jacket, there’s a tweeter (that’s what it looks like to me) that has not been masked out – its location and opacity doesn’t lead me to believe that its part of his dress attire.

    24mm lens 1/100 sec f8 iso800

    I would hazard a guess that the lights are either barn doored or snooted, with perhaps a vignette added in post

  65. Craig Taberner August 4, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    Even if i was wrong, you should send a signed book anyways! Because I want one. So there.

  66. Alvin August 4, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    I’m going to go with 24mm, f8, 100th, ISO 800 with 1 grid key light, camera left, about 6 ft off the ground and 2nd back light behind the chair angled at the speakers. A little corner burning in post.

  67. Calle Huth August 4, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Sorry about my poor english..¨

    3 light setup:
    – Main light: Hard small light source up left (ca 1 m over the model), standard reflector/magnum reflector or dish, no white/silver reflector on the right, the fill on the (camera) right of the face is caused by the jacket.

    – Background: two lights, about 30-45 degrees on both sides, softer than the main light. S/M softbox with only one diff to get the “crispy” hard feel (and the hot spot we see in the speakers)


    – This may be i comp, two pictures, one of the model and one of the speakers, shot in the same location, otherwise I don’t understand the depth of fields.
    – The edges are darkened A LOT to get the “spot light look”
    – Basic color correction
    – Contrast
    – Lens correction

    Camera details, to easy, metadata :D
    – Nikon D3s
    – Lens 24mm -70mm 2.8 @ 24mm , f/8
    – Shutter 1/100
    – ISO Speed 800

    – Camera hight ca 1 -1,5 m up from the floor

  68. EWOKONE August 4, 2011 at 9:29 am #


    ( joke)

  69. Feroz August 4, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    2 speedlights, one behind the chair remotely triggered, one in front shot through a soft box. Post production minimal in Lightroom with some sharpening

  70. Jonathan Burkhart August 4, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    Snapshot? No. Had him sat in a vintage chair, with vintage speakers in the background, had him look into the camera. You used the Nikon D7000 with the 24mm, with one continuous light on the left. Set on Manual mode around f11 and 1/250. WB set on camera. No post production.

  71. MikeScott August 4, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    one light, up and to the left




  72. ALDO August 4, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    Setup an Iphone on a tripod and say “abracadabra”

    or do all those above me have already said :D

  73. Christian August 4, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    How did I make this picture?
    Quite quickly! :-)

    Is it a snapshot?
    Not like just walking by, it was posed. But maybe it was not the thing you’ve planned.
    Maybe a byproduct of a video production? I explain why later…

    The camera Settings?
    Slightly wide angle, maybe 35mm full frame. somewhere f8-f11
    Short exposure to cancel out the ambient, 1/100-1/250th
    If you go large, image quality is good but not ISO100 I think. 400?

    Must be somehow, catchlight in the eyes as well as distinct shadows and highlight reflections and strong falloff

    If so, how? The direction?
    One light must be coming from camera left, a bit up high. Catchlight and shadows of the body. Maybe a beauty dish, but could also be a bare flash. Close, right out of the frame, because of the strong falloff.
    The cast shadow of the little tea light (?) right beneath his head shows another light camera right pointed at the background, turned to the left.
    The only thing I don’t get is the highlight on the left side of the background… because of the specular highlight it could be a third on Camera flash or a light very close to the camera left, zoomed to max or gridded? I don’t think it is coming from the main light turned away from the prince.

    Post production?
    Only Camera Raw slight adjustments, a bit of denoise

    Whatever details you think were needed to make this image.
    It all looks a bit strobist like ;-) so maybe bare compact flashes and higher ISO.
    Also possible it’s all hot lights from a video production. The speakers could tell something about music? :-)

  74. Marcos August 4, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    2 light sources. Looks like one large softbox left of the camera and a speedlight behind his chair. Settings, 1/250th, looks like a 24mm lens. ISO, 200. Minimal post.

  75. Tara August 4, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    I’m going with 3 light set up.

    One softbox/stripbox high to camera left aimed at subject. One speedlight low behind chair aimed upwards toward speakers. One grid aimed at left side of speaker stack. Camera settings around f8 to maintain sharpness in foreground and background. I’m going to say ISO 800, as it looks like a dark location. Wide angle, maybe 24mm. Vignette in post.

    Also noticed the “ghost” speaker on the shawl as David mentioned. And there appears to be some post work around the bottom of the shawl and his left leg (viewers right side). There is some sort of strange light coming from underneath it where there should be nothing but shadow…

  76. Shawn August 4, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Well I’ll give it a try.

    Gridded beauty dish camera left at 45 degrees probably 1/4 power pointing down. 2 Sb-900’s behind chair one zoomed out toward the right other zoomed tight with maybe a snoot going left. Since you’re a Nikon guy D3s with 24-70 2.8 shot at 35mm, 100iso, 125th. Am I close?

  77. Nikki Weidner August 4, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    Camera: Nikon D3S
    Aperture: f/8.0
    Exposure: 1/100
    ISO 800
    Focal length: 24 mm
    Lens: 24-70 mm, f/2.8
    Exposure program: manual
    Color space: Adobe RGB, 8-bit
    Date/time taken: 5/14/2011 – 1:25:04 PM
    Resized: original 4256 x 2832 to 3607 x 2400 pixels @ 300 dpi

    One light, camera left, at approx. 45 degrees, either snooted or with grid.
    Post-processing of RAW file with Photoshop CS4 for Mac:
    White Balance Custom
    Temperature 5300
    Tint +9
    Exposure +1.55
    Shadows 2
    Brightness +50
    Contrast +25
    Saturation 0
    Sharpness 25
    ColorNoiseReduction 25
    Clarity +10
    ParametricShadowSplit 25
    ParametricMidtoneSplit 50
    ParametricHighlightSplit 75
    SharpenRadius +1.0
    SharpenDetail 25
    ToneCurveName Medium Contrast
    CameraProfile Adobe Standard

  78. chad Adams August 4, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    I’m going to take a guess and say this photo was taken with a 35mm 1.2. The light is coming from one source which is a softbox coming in at a 45 degree angle with possible a grid. It also appears that there is a second speed light behind the chair that is facing towards the speakers giving some depth of field to the picture while lighting up the back of the chair as well. In post production it looks as though the left side of the image was feathered using vignete and a little on the right side of the picture too. I do like the shot and how the speakers give meaning to the photo. It screams out at people that this individual has a strong voice and opinion. That he sits on a thrown and can command orders. Just my opinion

  79. andrea August 4, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    How did I make this picture? Years and years of hustling to get to the point where someone will ask you to take a picture of Prince Manvendra of India

    Is it a snapshot? Unless the prince was just passing by and you were setting up lights for another subject…
    Lighting? yes
    If so, how? I would say that the subject is lit by a hard light probably something like a profoto with a zoomed out standard or maybe magnum reflector and barndoors. I wouls say positioned about 3meters away at a 45 degree angle and pithced slightly downwards. . Thats giving the nice neat catchlight in the eye. No fill, the kickback on his face is coming up from the silk of outfit.

    As for the background I recon the main light got flagged off the speakers which are illuminated by 2 medium softboxes quite close in and pointed fairly straight at the background which is why you are getting those big specular highlights on the shiny surfaces.

    The camera Settings? 24mm 100th @f8 highish iso which is the only thing i don’t get, if the set is lit with flash which i’m pretty sure it is, why did you need to go to a higher iso.

    The direction? Please sir take a seat.Chin up slightly *click* thank you… I appreciate your time….
    Post production? Vignette, skin cleanup, a bit of contrast and a bit of vibrance.



  80. Janes August 4, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    Really Chase?An autograph? I like your style but it ain’t that serious.

  81. paul wood August 4, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    I see 3 light sources in this image. One main key light 45 degrees upper left of the subject lighting the face. One placed behind the chair pointing up from the lower part of the chair illuminating the speakers just behind the subject. And one from the right of the frame illuminating more speakers at the left. May or may not be flashes! I suspect not flashes, looks less harsh then a flash gun (strobe).
    Looks like a Nikon image not Canon. Could be something like a 85mm lens, stopped down to around f11.
    Thats the way i see it!


    PS. love the speakers!

  82. John Boccabella August 4, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Ok I’ll play…

    How did I make this picture? – With a camera, lights, cool subject and awesome props for background :)
    Is it a snapshot? – No
    Lighting? – 3 Lights…
    1) Key light on subject (rembrandt style lighting – defininte triangle under the subjects left eye)
    2) Tight gridded spot to illuminate the area behind the subject to camera right and slightly above subject (shadows seem to move camera right to left here (candles behind subjects left shoulder are the clue…)
    3) Another tight spot to illuminate some of the speakers on left side of image.

    The camera Settings? I’m guessing this was a dark scene, and you probably bumped the ISO up to 800 or 1000 to bring in more detail in the areas not illuminated by lights… and maybe a shutter speed around 100 or 125? F8 or F11 I would guess – things are pretty tack sharp. Wide lens… somewhere in the 24-35mm range perhaps.

    Post production? – Slight desaturation, and mild vignetting, contrast, etc. Nothing too crazy – image doesn’t need a lot of fancy post production.

  83. Jamie Gordon August 4, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    > Is it a snapshot?

    I don’t really know what you’re asking, but I don’t think this is good enough for you. I think it’s a test shot and you’re just balancing the strobes. I means it’s nice, but it’s not a finished image. Well for some of us it might be, but not for you. Some of the shadows are not good, a couple places too much highlight, and there is a weird speaker cone image (reflection?) on his silk sash. No this is just a first attempt at getting the lighting right I think.

    > Lighting?
    > If so, how?

    Two strobes so far. I think you will add a third. First one camera left and raised above head height. It’s direct. Beauty dish would be a good call, very harsh light, and very small catchlights in the eyes. Maybe it’s gridded. But there is an extra light somewhere. Rather than behind the chair though I’d be inclined to imagine there was a soft box somewhere, Maybe higher above the camera, slightly to the left and in front of the subject. I think that’s the main light and is spilling onto the speakers behind. I think next you will dial down the existing direct light and add a second to the right.

    > The camera Settings?

    You are actually asking this when you left the exif on show? Truthfully I guessed it would be F9, I figured you’d start there. Well maybe you did start at F9 but you didn’t want to use so much ISO or drag the shutter quite so much so it’s a compromise. Or maybe you never thought you’d get that far indoor anyway so you started at F8 and just dialled the ISO up a little.

    > The direction?
    > Post production?

    I think probably SOC. It doesn’t appear to be cropped, only resized. It’s a good composition, framed nicely. The vignette call might be worth making, but I think you could accomplish the same with light fall off and the main light positioned in the right place. So no, I don’t think there is anything.

  84. James August 4, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Lighting: Softbox/umbrella at camera left as a key light for him (Remembrant), plus a gridded strobe behind the camera facing forward, slightly to the left of camera for the direct reflection on the left speakers. Raking light for the far left speakers (the ones above the word “Marshall”) is a bare bulb behind the speaker next to it (the one to ITS left, camera right). Another light probably behind the chair to light those speakers unless it was very powerful and tightly focused in which case it could be originating from camera left as well.

    This is too well planned and executed to be an offhand, shot, so this was planned. I would guess he was directed to look relaxed but slightly austere. The shot is from a low position, making him look more regal, probably meant to contrast also with the non-traditional idea of shooting him against the speakers.

    Camera settings and processing are pointless to guess on since people have already said them and the metadata is left in. People shouldn’t do that, it ruins the point of that part of the contest. You can still guess on the lighting though.

    I hope I got this right–a lot of the time there are a lot of ways to make any one image, but this is what it looks like to me. Thanks for these posts, they’re great, and keep up the amazing work.

  85. Rory Lindsay August 4, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    Definitely not just a snapshot. This is the ‘Gay Maharajah’ Manvendra Singh Gohil, and he’s in his finery, so a posed portrait in what looks lie a second-hand hi-fi outlet.

    2 lights:
    1. beauty dish positioned just above subject’s eyeline, to camera left, slightly feathered off to the left of the subject
    2. speedlight positioned behind the chair to light the speakers and provide separation

    24mm lens, ISO 800, f/8

    photographer kneeling/tripod to achieve camera height level with subject’s waist

    Not much in post – maybe some slight desaturation, contrast added, minor vignette and sharpening.

  86. Derek August 4, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    2 light setup main large soft box with grid to left and small behind char at speaker stack. 35 or 50mm

  87. Brent Huber August 4, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Simple 2 and half light set up: speed light camera left, high, speed light behind chair, triggered with on camera (CLS) flash. Camera.. f5.6 – f8 at sync with flash power adjusted for exposure. Light looks a bit hard, so limited use of modifiers, may a s omnibounce behind the chair.

  88. Tom Varden August 4, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Good fun. 24-70 (we know from history this is your walk around wide lens), semi-snapshot (noise, high ISO), no lighting except for available, hardlight, one small continous source camera left (theres a mean reflection of a speaker on the guy which I suppose looks more like a UV filter reflection or maybe a store front window reflection) + some vignette, sharpening, perhaps tone curve and vibrance or saturation.

  89. Daniel August 4, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    It’s a tough one for me, not too much experience in the studio. The shadows are strange on the background as none of the sides of the stereos are lit up other than the light brown one on the left.
    Gotta be a strobe on the extreme left, to light the subject, but that reflection off the backdrop behind the light brown stereo says a light source was pointed directly at that area. But the blown out white on the right tells me a light source was pointed close to those as well. Perhaps behind the chair? But look at the dispersion of light… what the.

    So 2 lights? Both on the left of the photographer: one pointed directly at the left side of the stereos to highlight background-left. The other is a little more powerful and wider, hitting both the subject and the background-right. Whatever hit the subject has a cover on it.

    shutter: 200
    ISO: 600

    Post: Bumped up contrast and blacks, but DE-saturated the image while bumping up the Vibrancy.

  90. Tim August 4, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    Initially I thought just one light from camera left, I’d say pushed even further toward perpendicular to the camera line than 45 degrees. Bare or gridded, but not too much. 40 degrees? But the fall off from that light would be too much for the speakers camera right to be so bright, so I looked again, and believe there is another strobe, probably gridded and flagged, camera right and pretty close to the background.

    Zoomed in, the spherical sections in the middle of the speakers cones reflect the two light sources. Only one source though in the Prince’s eyes.

    I’d also say you’re stopped down a good bit. Speakers are pretty sharp. F/8? I honestly would love for someone to say how the shutter speed evidences itself in the finished product. The only thing I know is that I can’t sync with strobes any faster than 250th of a second, but I doubt you have that issue. I am thinking though that you are stopped down and shooting fast enough to eclipse the ambient, so let me say ISO 100, f/8, 250.

    Certainly setup. Not sure about direction…looks as relaxed as I imagine a Prince would ever allow himself to be in a photo. So, probably got him comfortable and made some tweaks to chin and nose direction.

    Oh, and I would think no longer than a 35 mm.

    Thanks for doing this. I’m going to search for your previous deconstructions. This is my first.


  91. Tim August 4, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Oh…and I always assume at least a little post. So, yeah, contrast enhancement and dark gradient or painting on the edges to intensify the pools of light.

  92. Daniel Perez-Gomez August 4, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    -Camera Settings: shutter speed 1/250, f11, ISO 400
    -Key at 45/45 camera left. Probably a small softbox of around 20″ with a flash at 1/4power
    bare flash at around 1/16power over his right shoulder about level with his elbow
    snooted flash just out of frame camera right aimed over his left shoulder and right below the votives
    snooted flash just left of the camera aimed at the left speakers

    -Seems like very little was done in post (if any). Maybe emphasized the natural vignette by darkening the corners.

  93. Jordan Ritz August 4, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    24-70mm @50ish
    ISO 640

    50″ softbox gridded at close to full power pulled back away from the scene to create the harshness of the shadows.
    PP includes a post crop vignette to isolate the subject, other than that its SOC.

  94. Jeff gage August 4, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    First you took a sip or three of that scotch you are holding in your twitter photo “mingling!” then you made a high contrast one bright hard light photo… Doesn’t look too complicated, curious to see just what the story is….

  95. Willard August 4, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    first off, really cool image.
    So the camera settings are still embedded in the metadata so they are easy: f8 1/100 ISO800 24mm with a 24-70 f2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D3S. So all of that is easy.

    your lighting is wonderful. and looks fairly simple. i would have to agree with a lot of people here saying you are using 2 lights. you only see one catch light in his eye from a soft light source, probably not grided but maybe something like an octo with no difuser on it. on some of the speaker cones, particularly the ones close to the chair, you can see two catch lights so i would guess there is a light behind the chair to light up the speakers a bit more.

    and there was most definitely photoshop in use here. i really doubt all of those random speaker cabinets were just the perfect matching monotone colors. so there was some color correcting for them and also some separate color correcting on the man in the chair, even though im sure his outfit was more coordinated than the speakers. and of course there is probably a little dodging and burning here and there in very small amounts and then some heavier stuff to bring out the vignette.

    again, great image!

  96. Pedro Santos August 4, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    For me is more like a snapshot.
    I think it is available light coming from an aperture on the seilling
    You use an wide angle lens at around f5.6-1/30-iso200
    The direction? only you ask the persone to seat a lokk to the camera
    Post production? maybe some levels and sharpening

  97. Sameer August 4, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    It’s definitely not a 1 light setup because the background is exposed the same as he is which makes it impossible. Also the candles/glasses of milk at the back say otherwise as do the catchlights on the tweeter domes of the speakers. 2 lights: the key light is lighting the subject 45 degrees to the left and 45 degrees down aimed at his chest area. I’m thinking a silver lined beauty dish because of those hard shadows across his face and also the large reflection on the black speaker to the left of the subject. There is a slightly specular quality to the light. The light is also pulled back enough so it lights the subject and the floor. The second light is to the camera right, lighting the speakers in the background. Its a larger source, possibly a gridded softbox, bigger than the beauty dish and in close to get fast light fall off. It is positioned level to the candles/glasses of milk just barely out of frame. Camera settings: f/8 for the sharpness and depth of field, High shutter to kill the ambient, probably about 1/125th. Lens selection: wide, 24mm because you’re in quite close to the subject to make him look slightly bigger and to shrink the background. Simple post processing: contrast, colour balance and vignette added. One thing is bugging me though….the speaker driver in his stomach! Unless he’s missing a portion of his lower torso or he’s not quite as big as he looks, it makes me think its a composite in which case a little bit more post processing was done. In that case he could have been shot and lit separately with a single strobe with a kill spill reflector rather than the beauty dish as the reflection on the speaker wall shows. So….am i right? :D

  98. Adam August 4, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    Camera settings are all still in the EXIF data… so getting that right ain’t nailing it.
    Nikon D3S – 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm f/8, Shutter speed – 1/100th, ISO800

    Lighting looks like:
    Key Light to light the Price: Beauty Dish Camera Left
    2 lights lighting the background both with grids. One pointed at the mid-height left of the speaker bank, the other pointed mid-height of the speaker bank behing the prince.

    Looks like only an S-curve to get the contrast right.

  99. Theo August 4, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    I think there are three lights.

    – Main light about 2m high, camera left about 45 degrees. Probably beauty dish with a grid.
    – Second light, prince’s shoulder height, behind the chair pointing ~30-40 degrees up to the speaker hidden by the chair. Probably speedlite with zoom set at 24mm?
    – Third light, snooted, at about the height of the prince’s head, camera left, pointing slightly down to the highlight directly in front of the camera.

    Camera at about the prince’s knee height, settings: 1/160, f/11, 50mm

    Post: Maybe some vignetting.

  100. Allan Miquiztli August 4, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    2 lights setup, one on top of the scene in an angle with some modifier a medium softbox, the other a small light behind the chair, the lens perhaps a 50mm with a large aperture like 22

  101. djkmann August 4, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    That tweeter on his scarf sure is a bit odd.

  102. Antonino August 4, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    I’ll try. From step 3, the light. A flash ads placed at the top left side of the center of the photographer. A second flash spots more lateral from right to brighten the background.
    Step 2 is not a snapshot.
    Step 1. It ‘a medium format photography. Normal optical f 5.6 to 8. Front camera.
    Post Production think not. The image may also be true. The details of the dress is very well made​​, as well as those of the background.

  103. michael murphy August 4, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    three lights. one large source camera left and above. two lights behind to light background. one aimed right and one left each raking the speakers. post, some sharpening and color adjust. shot at f/11 for depth at iso 100 at 1/250 at about 24mm

    thank you, no applause necessary

  104. Kevin August 4, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    50mm subject knee level. At least f11 at 1 /250. Beauty dish with grid camera top left. Another light with no grid behind subject pointing to speakers. Black styrofoam gobos to create contrast possibly. Post added contrast, blacks, saturation, and sharpening. Burned surrounding or vignette.

  105. Brynn August 4, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    I”m going to go out on a limb here with my little Canon Rebel and the knowledge gained from using Lightroom twice) and say this is a snapshot of a wax figure (this is Prince Manvendra Kumar Singh of India) in a display and that you used only the lighting in the display….then maybe tweaked it a bit, but not much.

    *hides* ;)

  106. Nathan Smith August 4, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    -Nikon 24-70 ƒ2.8 @ 24mm
    -ISO 800
    -1/100 s
    -14 Bit Raw
    -Sandisk CF card

    -1 Strobe Camera left, high w/ small reflector cone @ 1/8 power
    -Fired via Pocket wizards

    -RAW processing in Aperture 3
    -Final Cleanup in Photoshop.

  107. Brynn August 4, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    ps: I fully expect to be banished from further commenting. :P

  108. Bengt August 4, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    Wide angle lens around f/8.

    5 lights total. 4 tight lights on the background. 2 of them from behind the chair. Subject lit by one light in a gridded beautydish from high camera left.

    A little vinjetting on the floor in post.


  109. Bengt August 4, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    Actually, there also is light from low camera left on his body not hitting his face, making it 6 lights total.


  110. Heath August 4, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    I personally find the lighting too harsh.

    I am going with beauty dish, the shadow cast by the feet of the chair, under the nose and the highlight top left of chair is the best indication of the direction and height. Too high by my reckoning, particularly the modelling on the face.

    Given the fall out of the background is consistent with the subject, possibly only one light source?? There might only be one to two metres between the subject and the background – the shadow of the chair from a reasonably high light source is cast over the speak far right.

    Lens between 35-50, leaning towards a 35mm as his front foot appears a little larger than life. I would suggest Nikon digital given the reddish hue through the skin tone.

    There has been some burning through the floor left of frame? as it is not consistent with my one light source theory.

    250th @ f16 as all evidence of ambient light has been drowned out by flash! I suspect not a lot of production at all – the lighting is hard, even a tad over cooked in my opinion taking into account the fabric he is wearing.

    Over and out.

  111. Corey Thompson August 4, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    I don’t think it was a snapshot. The lighting was set up very intentionally to produce the lighting and shadows seen in this photo.
    The camera Settings – ISO100, f/8, 1/100 second
    Minimal post processing
    I’m seeing three light sources that give the appearance of spotlights. 1st light is camera left, slightly above head and angled towards the amplifiers. 2nd light is camera left at around 75 degree angle from the camera and is overhead pointing down at the subject. The third light is camera right pointing at the amplifiers but angled so that the right side of the chair will remain in shadow from the first two lights being camera left. The third light is placed front of the subject as opposed to behind the chair because the third light slightly clipped the edge of the chair as it’s hitting the amps.

    Minimal post processing if any to adjust color levels.

  112. Nick August 4, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    Nice shot.

    I’m going to go with:

    f/11 at 1/200 or f/16 at 1/100 in order to kill nearly all of the ambient and give enough DOF to keep both the subject and background in focus.

    Since there is still a perception of distance from the background, it must have been shot fairly wide, maybe 24mm to 35 mm.

    Large soft box from upper subject right (camera left) coming at nearly 90 degrees (just shy of it). You can see its reflection in one of the speakers in the background left and it actually illuminates some of the background right and just behind the subject.

    Thanks to the bright colors of the outfit, the subject didn’t require any back lighting to separate from the background.


    Nice shot.

  113. glenn g. August 4, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    In Strobist terminology (I am admittedly in the rank amateur category of this), I think it’s shot at about 5 stops below ambient, with the stop set to provide max dof and the strobe power adjusted to offset. shutter speed is irrelevant. I also think it’s one strobe/flash reflected off of an umbrella with one side masked. The shape of the shadow on the floor to camera left is rounded but it’s straight on camera right. The strobe reflection in the eyes looks to me like a 60 degree angle. Based on the width of the throw, looks like medium distance between strobe and umbrella.

    This would be a simple setup that would require minimal fine turning to nail. I’m not thinking the prince would have the patience for much on the fly adjustment.

  114. @chriscwphoto August 4, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    hmm, softbox high left and @ 90 degrees to camera, looking at the shadows from the chair legs, maybe something snooted at the speakers behind the chair.
    no more than 2 lights?
    looks like a 35mm on full frame, pretty wide there, and some post, maybe up on the saturation and vignette?

    cool photo nonetheless

  115. Will Walker August 4, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    egg crate gridded softbox camera left and a small strobe on a short stand behind his chair. f/11 1/200th sec. iso 400 24-70 somewhere around 50mm…Am I close?

  116. Lynn August 4, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    How did I make this picture? simple light setup, had the prince sit down, pose, done.
    Is it a snapshot? no, it looks obviously lit to me but could have been easily done with some sb flashes
    Lighting? Yes. 2 lights on the subject. one up high into an umbrella maybe and one down below to light his feet on the same exact axis. i thought it was one light at first but due to the angles of the shadows i figure there’s a light up high and one down low as well. you had a flash skim the background camera right. it’s parallel with the background (noticed the triangular spread coming from camera right).
    If so, how? 3 flashes, you were on location right? probably didn’t bring the broncolors.
    The camera Settings? super sharp, f8, at sync speed, iso640-800 to conserve flash power.
    The direction? i think you were trying to go for a juxtaposed image. vintage american speakers, radio gear, exotic, eastern garb. very cool shot.
    Post production? doesn’t appear to be much. burn in certain areas to make it darker perhaps.
    Whatever details you think were needed to make this image. this is one of those images that i think is simple yet powerful. like most people of influence, he probably didn’t have much time with you so getting set up before the arrival is key. the simplicity of the setup also helps as you probably only needed 3 light stands and some triggers before you could start poppin off shots.

  117. Chris Kocher August 4, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    1. Medium softbox on the left of camera as key provided light for subject. Light source was far enough away to create semi-hard light, set at about a 45 degree angle and raised a bit above head level of subject.

    2. Specular highlight of key light reflecting off of the speakers left of the subject.

    3. gridded light on right of camera to light speakers directly behind and right of subject and to avoid light spill on subject.

    4. Camera looks about a 35mm – 40mm shot at semi close range.

    5. Post would be saturation, some leveling, and an added vignette.

  118. Richard Siemens August 4, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Two lights. Could have been a lot of things. A 22′ beauty sih w/grid to camera left. Background light hidden behind chair. OR it could have been same placement, but 2 speedlights. Who cares what the f/stop was? It’s all in the metadata anyway. However – the 800 ISO @ f/8 suggests you might have gone with speedlights.


  119. Michael R. August 4, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    from the looks of it i say
    – it’s a snapshot, but it’s a very well composed snap shot
    – 3 strobes :
    1. main light high left of the photographer with a strip light aim at the subject at 45 degree angle
    1. fill in light from behind the chair to light up the background probably using a barn door
    1. light from the left of the subject using a standard reflector
    – the camera settings seems to be iso 800 speed is 250 and aperture of 11
    – shot with a 28 or a 30 mm lens
    – some tweaking in the contrast and also the highlight/shadow using photoshop

  120. Kyle August 4, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Butterfly light gridded left and right. Light behind the chair.

  121. JuanCarlos-H August 4, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    Shot with the D3s, 24-70 (shot around 35mm), F.16, ISO 200.
    2 Lights. Broncolor.
    30 Degree grid on a Beauty dish on the subject, feathered to the left. Doubles as background fill light and is placing that huge spotlight on the background speaker. 2nd Light is in the background on the Right side, Zoom reflector with a grid.
    Post Production: basic contrast + sharpening, and darkened the corners manually (not a vignette slider). Possibility: gradient tool, linear gradient, set to foreground to transparent and pulled in black set to multiply. Too uneven for the Marquee, feather, inverse, fill with black technique.

    Looking forward to the reveal.

  122. Bluestill August 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Is it a snapshot? This is not a snapshot
    Lighting? 2 gridded strobes.
    If so, how? One to camera left, and a gridded lighted behind chair facing speakers.
    The camera Settings? Camera settings were f8, ISO 100-200, s/s 160-200
    The direction? straight ahead
    Post production? tweaked the blacks up, and adjusted fill light up, and increased vignetting
    Whatever details you think were needed to make this image? Definitely some gobos being used as well as bounce to subject’s left.
    WHAT DID I WIN? Do I get to pick which color Bentley I want? No car???? Thanks for that new Hasselblad friend. I’ll pick it up !!!!

  123. EWOKONE August 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm #


  124. Bluestill August 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    If you wrote the answers to the test on the board will i really learn anything? Leave it wide open

    • Lori August 4, 2011 at 12:42 pm #


  125. Robert August 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    Main Light 30 degree gridded Beauty Dish, high camera left. 10 degree grid reflector behind chair aimed at background. Shot at f8 at 125th at around 50mm .

  126. Ali August 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Not a snapshot. One light camera left on subject, flagged a bit, rembrandt lighting. One light behind the chair, lighting the amps. And are those candles lit? :) f11. Looks like you shot just a little lower than the subject’s gaze, but strait on. Not much post. Maybe a few global adjustments like blacks and contrast.

  127. Matt August 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    >How did I make this picture?

    with a DSLR, some ordinary 24 or 35 mm lens.

    >Is it a snapshot?

    sure, every photo is a snapshot.


    not really.

    >If so, how?

    one light, top left, with grid and barn? another spot to the back.

    >The camera Settings?

    who knows, ISO 800 or higher if you are shooting Nikon. 1/250 + f/8? Probably not Sandisk but Transcend flash card.

    >the direction?


    >post production?

    increased contrast, added dark vignetting. Then uploaded it with some ftp client (I guess WinSCP) to / and made some noise at twitter to get people here.

  128. Daniel August 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    One flash camera right, fairly large source – umbrella that’s been snooted/flagged? – aimed at the speakers in the back. One flash (main) about 75 degrees camera left, smaller source than first flash, slightly above subject, aimed at subject – flagged and gridded. A third flash also camera left, hitting the left side of the speakers, snooted, fairly large source, probably same as the right, but less power.

    f/9, ISO 200, 1/250s.

    Post-processing? Maybe getting rid of extra speculars in his eyes.

  129. Svende August 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Hello Chase.

    I live in Denmark, Europe and have been following you from across the great pond for some time now.
    I believe this one is and easy one.

    You shoot the picture exactly as you liked it. I migth not make a picture in that ligth myself, but you made the picture and said to yourself – “I like it” and you stand by your action and your own style like everyone should try.

    Nice one Chase

    I’ll have and eye on the mailman ;-)

    Stay on top

  130. Christopher Hypershade August 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Nikon D2Xs – 24-70mm lens – F/8 1/320 – ISO 400

    1 flash light with white card in the left of the picture (75 degrees from the angle of view) to enlight the profile of the prince (right side of his face). Spot higher than the height of the seat.

    1 spot enlightning the speakers on the left in the picture to get background but get mind focus on the prince.

    No Post-Prod

    Nice picture = :)

  131. Mark Donnelly August 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    OK, first the easy stuff:

    It was made with a Nikon D3s, ISO 800, 1/100 and f/8 (manual exposure mode) on a 24MM lens, according to the EXIF information. EXIF also claims that the light source was a flash but that the flash didn’t fire, which I don’t believe for a second here – you doubtless had a flash trigger on that doesn’t do TTL. Probably a pocketwizard, since you’re a professional ;) The white balance is 5300, which is pretty much in line with being flash.

    The image dimensions are 2400 tall by 3607 wide, which is not the native resolution for the D3s, so I believe the EXIF when it suggests that photoshop CS4 Macintosh touched this image.

    The date on this is May 14, 2011, which was two days into your Dasein project, so the location would be New York, probably in the Ace Hotel itself.

    Now, on to more inference:
    I think I see three lights to this exposure. One of them is the key light on the Prince himself (by the way, I had to look him up in Wikipedia – what an amazing story!), and two or three on the background speakers. The key light on the prince is coming from camera left and high, probably at about the classic 45 degree angle (with the subject as the center of a sphere, the flash is 45 degrees to the left of the camera and 30-45 degrees above the camera). You can tell this from the shadow of the nose and chin.

    The lights on the speakers are shown by the specular highlights. One highlight is on a black speaker, three in from the left; one is on a wood-paneled speaker, three in from the right, and it looks like a third is on the speaker just behind the Prince. The highlights on the sides are probably caused by strobes to either side of the camera, possibly snooted and/or gridded. The light on the right is positioned above the camera, and probably about the same distance away from the speakers as the camera is, given the shadows from the candles on the speakers just behind the Prince. The light on the left is probably pretty similar, given the lack of shadows. The flashes are probably within a few feet of the camera, given the locations of the reflections. There is a third flash behind the Prince’s chair, which produces another reflection in the speaker part that you can see through the fabric draped over the Prince’s right shoulder. Between the three lights the speakers are fairly well lit.

    Oh, and if I haven’t mentioned this yet, there’s no way that I believe this was a simple snapshot.


    The Prince is placed slightly above the viewing level of the camera, which gives a sense of respect or awe to the viewer, since we are looking up to the Prince from below. This looks like a similar set of clothes to the Prince’s state portrait that appears in Wikipedia, so I’m guessing that this is a pre-arranged formal portrait, because the clothing adds to the Prince’s air of authority. This seems juxtaposed against the speakers behind the Prince, with the dress seeming a bit more from another time than the speakers, which are fairly current technology by comparison.

    The lighting emphasizes the prince and the speakers, but draws the eye inwards and away from the edges. This makes the Prince stand out, and possibly points out some connection between the Prince and the sound technology – possibly he is a music enthusiast?

    Looking at the EXIF information again, I think that this has been processed from RAW by either Lightroom or ACR, since some of the settings – such as Brightness, Contrast, etc – are set to the defaults that Lightroom gives you. It looks like you slightly underexposed the photo in camera and pushed the exposure up 1.55, and added some clarity. It looks like you also played with a tone curve, where the dark end are rendered to be darker than default. The exact midtones are left alone, but 3/4 of the way up the curve is again darkened before hitting a normal tone at the white end. Possibly some color correction was applied, since 5300 isn’t a pre-defined color temperature.

    I would guess that this also has some vignetting applied to it to accomplish the focus that I mentioned earlier. Finally, I would guess that there is a light stand behind the Prince’s chair that has been cloned out, if any of the legs show underneath the chair.

  132. Mark Malijan August 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Gridded strobe high camera left, one strobe behind the chair pointed to the speakers.

    ISO 800

    slight curves contrast tweak in post.

  133. Sterling August 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm #


    Gridded beauty dish from up high for the Rembrandty light pattern.
    Smallish softbox with barndoors focusing light on all sides except the speaker side, from a similar angle as the dish, except not so high.
    Another small softboxed light behind the chair hitting the right-side speakers

    ISO 800

    Minimal…Maybe blacks and contrast. And a little bit of a vignette

  134. brec August 4, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    Nikon D7000
    24-70 at 30mm
    ISO 100
    250 / f8.0
    one speedlight 3 ft, over the subject and 5 ft to the left, slightly in front of the subject, angled down
    one speedlight zoomed in to 85mm handhold by scott, hip high, coming in from the very right

    while struggling with coming up about a good joke about a small camera and small flashes and that it doesnt take a kingdom to take a good photo, chase decided not to say anything about that and switched to a small talk conversation about the cocktails at the hotel bar. the prince suddenly put on a confident smile which got encourage by chase with a “hold that for me. perfect. now change”

  135. Bo Boswell August 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    - Not a snapshot. A posed portrait.
    – One gridded light, high camera left.
    – For camera settings, I’d say you were around f/8-f/11 at 1/200 sec. Probably wide- or mid-range lens.
    – Post-production might be a boost in contrast to thicken up the blacks. Maybe some vignetting to focus the light more on the subject.
    – Direction – I’m not very familiar with Manvendra other than the recent controversy, but I’m thinking the idea was to show him in tossed into an edgy and ironic environment. He looks proud and composed while sitting in a spotlight, surrounded by a huge wall of noise. I keep imagining Obama in a similar type of setting.

  136. Gaz August 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    IPHONE F8 !

  137. GrafLaugenkotz August 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    … WTF!!! Why does the Prince shoplift a speaker?
    it’s shining right through his robe of state…
    very nice!!! ;)
    Good shoot Chase! You should shoot with a Canon instead…
    they aren’t that light sensitve.

  138. Chris August 4, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Sunlight from window… Careful exposure &
    Framing. Nothing else was done.

  139. ChrisH August 4, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    How did I make this picture? – With a camera for sure. Trigger top right. You know, missionary style.
    Is it a snapshot? – Definitely not.
    Lighting? One light only. Fairly spotlighty.
    If so, how? Placed left of shot. Wide enough around that shadows of him wont hit the speakers. Up kinda high. Extension cord. Power set to ‘on’.
    The camera Settings? Pfft EXIF info. You planted that Chase you cheeky bugga. Shot around f8 maybe. Not sure on length – a stab would be 50mm. Speed, no idea – let go 250. ISO 200 – who knows though with post prodding.
    The direction? “Sit on the chair and look at me please your highness. Nah, hands on your lap is fine. What’s that? Someone turn down the tunes please. Who chose this location anyway?”
    Post production? Bump the contrast up a bit. Desaturate the colours slightly. Ramp up the blacks a bit. White balance off his fluffy top bit, then tweaked it a bit. Photoshop out the guitarist from Metallica.

  140. Blues Marquez August 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    2 lights, 2 softboxes, pn etop right of subject the other low power with grid pointed at the speakers, camera using 24-70 @ f/9, 160 shutter, ISO 200, post processed using vignette on lightroom.

  141. Heath August 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Shooting at 800 iso? Could it be a video light? It seems odd to me to set up strobes and rate @ 800 – would you not work at 100??

  142. CallumW August 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    How did I make this picture?
    Staged shot either in studio or clients property

    Is it a snapshot?


    If so, how?
    Looks like a small strobe 30deg camera left pointing L->R at subject. Aiming slightly behind so as to illuminate some of the background too.

    Behind the subject a strobe raking hard across the speakers camera right pointing L<-R for cross lighting the background only. Depending on the angle, it'd possibly be flagged to prevent spill on the subject.

    Wouldn't be surprised if they were small hotshoe strobes, but possibly other mobile units – eg Elinchrom Rangers

    The camera Settings?
    Wide Angle judging by the distortion of his feet and width of the setting – guessing around 24mm
    Less need for extreme f/stop on a w/a lens, so perhaps f8 @ 1/100 + ISO800 to create stronger in-camera contrast and allow the strobes to be more efficient.

    The direction?
    Sit and try not to look constipated :)

    Post production?
    Curves to pull down the blacks and boost the shadow detail. White balance.


  143. Brian McCarthy August 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    Here’s what I see:
    You used two lights — at least that what appears to be the case from the dual hotspots on the equipment. You can also see reflections of both in the black of the mid-range cone just above the man’s right hand (zoom in)

    The first lighting instrument is far camera left and leaves the visible shadows around the man’s feet. From the shape of the light spill on the floor I’d I’d say that it’s a gridded standard reflector That’s the light that’s causing the hot spot on the speakers behind the man.

    The second light is close on camera left — almost directly above the camera. From the angle of the photo, you appear to be on your knees so I’d guess that it’s about 6′ off the floor. you can see where the two pools of light intersect in a dark V in front of the leading chair leg. The second light is feathered away from the man to give him just a little bit of fill and is making the second hot spot on the black speaker. I’m guessing this a beauty dish.

    As for the camera, I’d say DSLR (and I know you’re a Nikon shooter) fairly wide and close. I’m guessing you’re under 50mm — 24 to 35mm more like it. I’m guessing this is a strobe photo so that would probably put your shutter speed between 200 and 250th of a second. Aperature? To get everything in clear, crisp focus I’d say you’re either 8 and 11. I have no idea what your ISO is.

    that’s my take. :-)

  144. Jake Pickle August 4, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    First you said. “Hi, it an honor to meet you.” Then maybe joked about something to lighten the mood and get everyone comfortable. Probably something about music. I think you found this room with all the speakers and were like, why not. This is pimp, and unpredictable. There just so happened to be a dope old chair in the hallway so you rolled it in:

    I wanna say 3 lights total, but I think it is 2. Simple setup, quick.

    1 lights camera left. Beauty dish, gridded wide. Not too high. You can see the reflection in his eyes and on the speaker(s) on the left creating a little hot spot.

    1 light behind the chair on the background to create separation from his shadow side and the speakers. Frame him so to speak.

    Background light cable and part of the stand is removed in post.. You burned in around the edges and a little on the right side to bring focus to the prince and balance the vignette and control the light in the scene. Or u have a third fill light just left of the camera a little bit – real subtle.

    White balance at about 5700k. increased saturation a tiny bit in the yellows. crushed the blacks a tiny bit.

    iso 200 : 50mm f11 : 1/200th of a second.

    you were sitting down on the ground, caught him in a natural moment, said, “hold it”, and snapped this shot. He looked right at you.

    Thats what i think… at least right now half way through a Ranger IPA.

    Nice shot.

  145. Gareth Robins August 4, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    the two outward speakers have reflected light on opposite sides, indicating a light was between them, The light is left of center, just above the frame, and behind the prince on a boom. Some of this light is spilling from the speakers under the chair.

    the prince was lit seperately with a beauty dish at 45 degree left and 45 up. The light was aimed to the right of the prince, or a flag used to prevent light to the prince’s left.

    Prince Manvendra is the only person in Indian royalty to have announced his homosexuality, and the early years appear to have be troubling for him with his family disowning him for bringing dishonour. In later life he has been activiely involved in charities, and I sense the pride he has from his posture in the photograph. I would imagine you talking to him about his past to bring out this pride and let it show.

    Any post would have been to black out erroneous relfections surrounding the speakers

  146. Girish August 4, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    A window natural light or a soft box placed outside the window, or in a angle that makes it look like a window on the left side behind the camera. Also 1 light behind or next the camera to light up the speakers.

    Exif should be like – ISO – 400-800, F.stop – 2.8, SS – 1/1000 somewhere close to that.

    Lens could be a 70-200 or a good 50 mm 1.4

    Awaiting for the final answer. :)

  147. David Hornbeck August 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    3 lights. Main light is overhead with a boom and maybe a grid or some direction to it. One light camera left aimed at the prince, looks pretty drirect. and the other being a hard light aimed from far camera right at the area behind the chair. 1/250 f8? Minimal post production.

  148. Akhil Singh August 4, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    its a 3 light set up.

    2 HSF to light the speakers.
    – 1 on the right of the Prince
    – 2 behind the Prince
    both of them have been edited and removed in photoshop.
    Looking at the hard shadows and the direction to where its falling, the 3rd light is at a 45deg angle on the right of the Prince.
    Probably on a beauty dish .

    Camera Settings:
    f6.3-7 , ISO -100, 1/250, Shot with a 24-70mm

    The ambient light has completely been cut out.
    Photoshop – Contrasts bumped up, vignetting done in post.

  149. Aljaz Hafner August 4, 2011 at 11:58 pm #


    The thing is… camera settings were around 1/100s, f/8, ISO 800. it was shot with a wide lens…somewhere around 24mm.
    The lights… for the character the beaty dish with a grid was used, placed slightly higher than his face on the left of the subject from camera’s point of view –> you can see the reflection on the speakers on the left side (camera point of view again).
    Second light was used to light the right side of the speakers. Grided reflector and coming form slightly right side (you can see the shadow that candles are dropping on the speakers).

    While you shot this, you were close to the floor, definitely lower then he was sitting.

    It’s not a snapshot and minumim post production was used.

    Have fun and greetings from SLOVENIA! You should come here some time, you would love it!

  150. Dave August 5, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    Lighting from a small window thats in a high position angled towards the guy, ISO 200 F:8 35mm focal length 1/300 and photoshop for levels and saturation.

    there, nailed it. wheres my book? :)

  151. Theis Poulsen August 5, 2011 at 1:03 am #

    I am gonna take a guess here just to bet on something different.

    This was done with continues light. Spot from the left side pointing in and down a bit.

    24mm – 1/100 – F8 – ISO800

  152. Gaurav Prabhu August 5, 2011 at 1:07 am #

    One strobe with a grid on top left. Another strobe on grid from right on to the background. Minor contrast, sharpening adjustments in PP.

  153. Fábián Gábor August 5, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    f/8, 1/100, iso 800, shot at 24mm

    You used a kinda hard light from upper front-left at about 1-2 meter distance from he’s feet and at about 45 degree (both vertical and horizontal) possibly a bare flash or barn doors or with a small-medium sized beauty dish (reflection in his eyes).

    A second hard light is coming from left and a bit behind him aimed at his head that casts a shadow under his chin.

    I think there’s a third small hard light at the right and a bit behind him to light the speakers (the speaker a bit above his right – camera left – hand has 2 light reflections and the speaker behind him is seen through his cloth)

    In Photoshop you probably raised the contrast, changed the luminosity and a bit the saturation. I see a bit of vignetting too but can’t decide if you done that in PS or it’s just light falloff.

  154. John Fujimagari August 5, 2011 at 3:12 am #

    Nikon D3s, 24-70mm @24mm, f/8, 1/100sec, ISO 200
    1 light
    a deep octa about 5-6 ft up camera left, 1-2 ft in front of the subject, feathered to the rear with the spill lighting the speakers.

  155. Gallant Lee August 5, 2011 at 3:25 am #

    Assuming this was one of Chases’ photos, it would be shot with either Hasselblad or D3S. I’m going with the D3S, because of the aspect ratio. Could have been cropped though.

    I will then make my assumptions based that this was shot with a full-frame DSLR.

    I am going for a single light source. To left of camera, slightly higher than subject’s eyelevel (see shadow underneath his chin, and catchlight positioning). Even illumination of the light (i’m looking at the base near the man’s feet, and behind on the speakers towards the top right) and circular shape suggests a fresnel light, or video light with fresnel lens. Focused.

    Black flags/boards setup around to minimise spill and to control reflections.

    Post-production? I can’t see it close enough, but I believe RAW adjustments is all that’s needed in lightroom or capture one. Added vignetting. Perhaps cleaned up the ground.

    haha, the more I look at it the more I’m thinking. But I’d start with that…

    Focal length probably 24-35mm, wider than normal anyway. The space between the chair and speakers look too “empty” for a normal or telephoto, and the chair itself looks “wide”.
    Camera settings would probably be about 1/100-1/160 to sync with lights, and still be fast enough to negate effect of ambient. Shot in very low light maybe just modelling lights.
    ISO? I would say under 1600 as there’s not much noise in the shadows. I would say a high-ish ISO maybe 640-1200? I say this because the flash/light is reaching and not dropping too much in luminance despite the subject being separated from the speakers. At lower ISO’s of 50 or 100 (I use canon) I find that light drop off is harsher… and affects the ‘reach’ of light.

  156. Severine August 5, 2011 at 5:45 am #

    Beautiful pictures!
    It’s definitely not a snapshot but a studio shoot.
    The camera was I guess a full frame Nikon DS3 or D3.
    It seems to be a 35mm open at f11. Shutter speed at 125.
    One light is creating the beautiful Rembrandt. It’s placed on the left 45 degree side rom the middle of the face and 45 degree up. The strobe has a honeycomb on it. There is a strobe on the right also with a honey comb and barn to prevent the light to spit on the model. This light is toward the background only.
    The post processing has sharpeness and saturation but nothing else.

    Thanks for doing this, I learn so much!!!

  157. Enrico Bagarotto August 5, 2011 at 5:47 am #

    Nikon D3s 24-70 @ 24mm, f/8, iso 800. (it’s in the exif :D) One flash on the left and one behind him… i think

  158. Gary Jordan August 5, 2011 at 6:11 am #

    Beauty Dish with honey comb 20deg camera left, F8 125th iso 200. Burnt Edges and background saturation and sharpness added.

  159. John Garon August 5, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    Snapshot? No, but I’m guessing you didn’t have a great deal of time with the Prince. So I guess you used someone else for the lighting/backdrop set-up.
    Looks like two lights, one front left with a softbox and the other at the side on the right to light the background with barndoors.
    The camera set at f8 1/250 so you don’t get any background light other than the flash.
    As for ‘post’ I don’t think much goes out without a little voodoo. Looks like a overlay channel mixer to punch up the colours and add a bit of contrast.
    Great shot by the way.

  160. Sean Chatham August 5, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    Studio strobe with Barn Doors – about 6′ high camera Left about 10′ back from Chase.
    Camera on tripod about elbow height to Prince Manvendra and 6′ away.
    50mm set to f16 and 1/100.

    A small amount of vignetting in post to reduce light spill in the foreground.

    Pleas no hate from the gallery if I’m wildly off. I’ve never tried this before.

  161. Millie August 5, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    The image depending on the camera format, if full frame somewhere between 24 and 35 mm not wide open more like f11 everything is in focus and good detail throughout.
    Main light is placed above camera left based on the shadow below his left knee.
    there is only one catch light in his eyes I believe he’s lit by only one light.
    The background is getting light from 1 his main light but there is also a second light as the speakers behind him to the right are too hot to be coming from his main light source.
    Post production could change everything but as it appears some serious vignetting is all that I can tell has been done.
    Thanks that was fun:)

  162. Michael Keel August 5, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    I would shoot the Prince in the hotel with a small off camera flash. Probably in a small softbox or umbrella.
    I would place the chair he is sitting in on a white card to get clean shadows.
    I would use a stock shot of the speakers or it looks like they were shot separately in Seattle in one of your studios there.
    The concrete floor looks familiar. Where did all the vintage speakers come from?
    Any way I would then strip the 2 images together…voila!

    very nice shot indeed…but how does it sound? Being an audiophile in addition to a photographer I love all those 12 inch woofers!

  163. Todd May August 5, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    Well first off it is a set up shot not a snapshot. Looks like the main light is gridded dish. Placed camera left and up about 6-7 feet. Maybe on a boom over subject area. Look at the glasses of milk on top of the amps. Second light is camera left also pointing at amps in background left. Not gridded but maybe a zoom head.
    As far as a lens selection it is a wide angle lens. F stop can be F 8 to F11 range using the wide angle lens depth of field is increased.
    Postproduction is minimal darkened blacks Shutter speed faster than the ambient light available. Maybe 1 to 2 stops faster than what is available. Seems like the milk glasses are picking up some large windows or light source off to camera right though. Probably a third light source for AMPs that are behind the subject and the light source is the same height as the top of the bottom amps. Might be some retouching in the eyes to remove additional catch light if needed.

  164. Ashwyin August 5, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    + Is it a snapshot?
    Not a snapshot, posed portrait

    + Lighting?
    3 lights

    1 on the subject with a barn door to avoid spill on the left corners of the image
    2 from the right (around 45 degrees) on the backround (snooted/gridded)
    3 straight on the speakers , also snooted/gridded to get those holes between the speakers

    + The camera Settings?
    manual with a moderately wide angle lens

    + Post production?
    basic burning to enhance the spotlight effect

  165. sara August 5, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    Guess at settings: F-11 – 1/250

    Lights: I say 2 lights. One main on the left side of the frame, not high – about face level – barn door or cardboard to remove fall off on the right of the bulb & another little light on a slave, popping the speakers from the back of the chair, might be a snoot on that guy to get that nice circle of light.

    Direction: Looks like the camera is directly in front of him, kneeling before him.

    Post production: Heavy Channel Mixer for contrast and color cooling. Vignetting. And a fresh, perfect Marshall logo dropped in.

  166. jacob härnqvist August 5, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Hi, here’s my take on it.

    The man himself:
    Main light from up above and on his right (our left) side. Sharp angle judging by the shadows on from his chin on his shoulder. Small light source, standard zoom reflector or something.
    Fill light from just off camera left about about 1,5 stop below, angled directly at his torso from about floor-level. Broad light source. Barn-doored or such to control spill on background judging from the shadow on the floor. His left (our right) knee suggests the ratio main/fill-ratio.

    Two gridded smaller strobes from behind the chair, pointing right and left.
    One small snooted strobe aimed at the black thing to his right (our left).
    One strobe behind the speakers to bring out the water sprinkling along back there (if that’s what it is…!)

    Haven’t peeked at the data above, but f at about at least 8 or 11. If so, then Chase is using an ND-filter as well to control light even further. Shutter: 125 or 250 judging from the springling water behind the…prince, was it?

    Some tweaking of the catchlights, maybe. Very little else.

  167. Jorge A. Tomasevic August 5, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    Hey Chase,

    thanks for posting these challenges.. they are a great way to learn not just your technique but your view.. here is my guess

    The stage
    It seems to be a studio, but the darkness around seems to come from the small aperture used for high dof. Maybe there is some dark background.

    Camera Settings
    I don’t know.. D3s/x? D90? D700? I assume that you used the one of the D3 series, right? The lens seems to be a little wide, but not too much. What about the 17-35 f/2.8mm? or 24-70 mm f/2.8? Maybe the latter..

    Everything looks pretty sharp to me. I’m guessing you used f/11 – f/18, and shutter speed somewhere in between 1/250 – 1/500 to keep the surroundings dark. I think that you didn’t used a tripod for this one.

    It seems to me that you are using 3 flashes: on the upper left a beauty dish, lower left maybe another to light the legs and lower body; both hard light. The third one looks to be on top of one speaker behind the chair pointing up w/difusser. It seems that all three flashes are working full power or 1/2 power at the most. I’m not sure whether the light on the speakers of the left side is a reflection of the upper beauty dish or not.

    Post production
    I guess there is a little bit of increased contrast and enhanced color for the Prince



  168. Tyler Austin August 5, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    I’ve always done these in my head but never posted my thoughts for a break down…so here is my best go…

    – Posed Portrait
    – Nikon D3s
    – Shot with 24-70 at 24mm
    – F/8 at 250
    – ISO 800
    – 1 Broncolor Pulso Head camera left and high aimed and snooted down towards left speakers
    *** Speakers are adjusted closer and further away slightly to reveal more/less light on parts
    – 1 Broncolor Pulso Head camera right (about the height of top of chair) barndoors adjusted at 45ish degrees aimed towards right speakers
    – 1 Broncolor Pulso Head with Chimera Softbox (medium) camera left
    – Minor Curves and saturation adjustment in PS CS5

    Excited to see what the real breakdown is

  169. Julia G August 5, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    - you made this picture using your dSLR
    -not a snapshot
    -lighting: 2 lights in front (and slightly to the left) of him- lighting his face and his legs. One strobe behind the chair illuminating the speakers
    -camera settings: 1/100 sec f/8 ISO 800
    -direction: of who, the prince?
    -post production: either his skin is completely blemish and wrinkle free, or this photo was edited :) I think it’s the latter
    -details: a whole crew of people fusing over the subject’s makeup and clothing.

    Thanks for this :)

  170. geoff August 5, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    Four lights. One above pointing at his feet. Two pointing at the stacks of speakers. Main light to the left pointing at the man. No idea about lens. I’d guess about f5 since the speakers are a bit soft compared to the subject. It’s not a snapshot. Yes, color managed, some sharpening, some vibrancy, but I’m guessing now…

  171. FANatic311FAN August 5, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    exp 1/100
    iso 800ish, not sure since its so dark.
    no direct flash, but 3 lights, one on the Princes feet, one focused spotlight on the speakers over his left shoulder , and one softbox directed completly on subject.
    i dont know how youve made the speaker image appear on the orange fabrick, but its really interesting.
    6 glasses of milk in the photo. . . priceless. . . lol

  172. Becks August 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Snapshot? What’s the definition? You mean if the person called ahead to make a portrait appointment? The shot looks like somewhat deliberated so I wouldn’t say it’s a point and shoot snapshot with the photographer’s eyes closed. But it doesn’t look like a studio setup.

    Light – one on camera left at about 45 degree down towards the subject, the light was placed a little higher than the subject’s face; the speakers on the left side are lit by natural light source (window?); one behind the chair shining on the speakers.

    Camera setting: manual, 1/100, f stop 8

    Post production? Some. I see slight halo around the chair legs.

  173. Becks August 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Oh and the Direction? Lighting direction is described above. Camera direction? Straight towards the subject slightly lower than the subject face.

  174. Nick Barth August 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    Snapshot – No

    Lighting – 3 lights:
    1 camera left, bare strobe aimed at the speaker to the right of subject
    1 camera left at 45 degrees high angled down, with softbox vertical
    1 camera right, bare strobe aimed at the large speaker cabinet with candles on it to the left of subject.

    camera settings: f11 1/200th letting in very little ambient light. Stobes doing all the work,

    Direction? Sit in the chair – look awesome

  175. Caleb August 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    It’s not a snapshot, there’s definitely lighting used. I think there’s three lights. One hard source camera left and high, pointed down at the prince. In fact I think all the sources are pretty hard. There’s another one camera left, about camera height, illuminating the speakers on the left side. Another light camera right, also camera height, illuminating the speakers on the right side (this light is also illuminating the speakers behind the prince). All the lights have very controlled spill. This could be accomplished with a grid, barn doors or snoot, or some sort of focusing head. But I’m going to guess that you are using gridded reflectors on all your lights.

    Camera settings are in the EXIF: f/8, 1/100 sec, ISO 800, 24mm on full frame.

    Not a lot of major post-work. Maybe just some simple curves/contrast type stuff.

  176. fas August 5, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    That is going to be really tough deconstructing.

  177. Priyanka Damwani August 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    Hey, this is my first shot at deconstructing a picture. I think it seems really interesting and there is definitely a lot to learn. So here goes:

    This is not a snapshopt, it’s a proper photoshoot set-up :)
    1 light source is used to light this up and it’s placed at a very low height on the left at a 45 degree angle. The catchlight in his eyes makes me think so. The light is used probably with a softbox.
    The aperture would be f.8 and shutter speed 1/250. ISO 200
    The flash was also fired from the front but i don’t know what kind of flash coz i can see the flash light on the 3rd speaker from the left in the 2nd row. Also curious about the water that has frozen on the left ( pls correct me if it’s something else :) ),


  178. Matthias August 6, 2011 at 12:39 am #

    One light. One Shot. Some correcting in PS. but its Never that easy. .

  179. Frank Sanders August 6, 2011 at 2:03 am #

    For me it can be:

    – a one light setup (hard light – look at the shadows of the shoes) form left about 45 degree – and a composed background (soft light or overlay)

    – or a two light setup one light as above and a small blitz behind the chair to lighten the backgrund

  180. Mike Lambert August 6, 2011 at 3:03 am #

    If its a snapshot its very good one!

    I think it was done in a studio. Set up – 3 lights, 2 on the background left and right, 1 on the main subject pointing down, possibly a beauty dish, but on balance probably a snoot. Usual studio settings of Manual, F11 and 125 or 180 at ISO100.

    Sharpening – most likely, standard amount in Lightroom or PS.

  181. Matt Hernandez August 6, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    One light source to the left, maybe an octa. Looks like a 50mm, 1/200 at f11 since the speakers appear somewhat sharp. I’d say you messed with curves to adjust the detail in the darker areas, increased the contrast and sharpened it in post.

  182. Goran August 6, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    Full setting:
    Nikon D700
    ISO 200
    60 seconds
    One flash snooted/barn doors manually fired twice, once 2m high 4m to camera right at the background, then the prince walks in, and once again fired at 2m high 2.5m camera left, with a large window behind the shooter (at appx 7 o’clock)

  183. Anonymous August 6, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    At least 2 lights.
    One for the chap in the chair coming in from camera left diffused using a large softbox to give direction and quality of light.
    One for the speakers, this is most likely a bare flash hidden behind the chair because there seems to be a hotspot on the central speakers. I’m guessing the flash was zoomed wide to spill the light as much as possible.

    Camera settings:- around f8 to give good focus on the main subject and the speakers. ISO and shutter speed set to give correct exposure at chosen aperture.

    Post:- vignette to darken the edges

    • Neil Glover August 6, 2011 at 8:40 am #

      At least 2 lights.
      One for the chap in the chair coming in from camera left diffused using a large softbox to give direction and quality of light.
      One for the speakers, this is most likely a bare flash hidden behind the chair because there seems to be a hotspot on the central speakers. I’m guessing the flash was zoomed wide to spill the light as much as possible.

      Camera settings:- around f8 to give good focus on the main subject and the speakers. ISO and shutter speed set to give correct exposure at chosen aperture.

      Post:- vignette to darken the edges

  184. DanielKPhoto August 6, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    I think 3 strobes were used. The first one is a little bit higher than the person, because you can see the shade on the floor. This was a pretty hard flash, probably not a softbox. This light was facing the person. The other two were used to Illuminate the speakers behind him. These flashes were pretty hard too. All flashes probably used a grid because they’re all narrowed to illuminate only a small part of the photo. The ambient light was very low.

    For the camera settings, I can’t really tell, it’s not so important for this shot I think. The aperture not to wide, probably something like f/8 and the shutter no faster than 1/200s because of the flashes.

    In post you just pushed the blacks a little bit, but not much more than that.

    Very nice shot btw!!

  185. Natta Summerky August 6, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    1. Not a snapshot, pre-arranged setup.
    2. All the lighting info, visualized on top of the actual photograph, with text comments and drawings (in brief: 2 lights, med sized octabox/beauty dish and flagged background light) – picture here
    3. Camera settings: 1/100, f/8, 24mm, iso 800
    4. direction: clash of traditions and technology/modern world into harmonious synergy. first impression: controversy
    5. post-production: not much, perhaps desaturating background a bit to make it more monochromatic and to make the figure stand out. colour temperature correction.

  186. Austin August 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    I’m not going by the EXIF data for the reason that I know that you know that it is there. Might be correct, might not be. I’m going to go by what I know.

    Camera I’m going to say you shot this with you Nikon D3s only because I know that’s the system you typically shoot this type of work with. Lense? There doesn’t look like there is any distortion, nor does it look too flat, so I’ll say it was shot at or very close to 50mm. f/10. From the look/size of his feet, I think 24mm is pushing it.

    Lighting: 5 light set up.

    1. spotlight hitting speakers on the camera left, possibly a grid, it depends on how tight the reflector is.
    2. standard reflector on subjects upper half
    3. standard reflector on subjects lower half.
    4. There’s a light behind the chair aimed nearly strait back.
    5. another light on camera right hitting the upper speakers. I’m guess a pretty tight/medium grid.

    I think the fill on his face is mainly coming from his reflective clothing.

    There’s really no way to tell what was done in post with the flexibility of raw.
    My guess is contrast adjustments, some sort of burning on the sides. Color adjustments were very minimal.

    • Austin August 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

      “I was asked to photograph” tells me this was not a snap shot. If you’re photographing a prince, it’s typically more than a snap shot.

      Direction – With out knowing more about who it was that asked you to photograph him, it would be hard to tell the direction. My guess, though, is that the prince is getting involved with music in some way, and wanted to incorporate the speakers to compliment that. you are shooting up on him in order to show that he has power as a prince – as if he’s the bigger man, looking down on us.. in his throne.

      • Austin August 8, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

        I cannot wrap my head around the speakers…. Why the speakers….. I did some research on him. I found absolutely NOTHING on his being or becoming involved with music. Every single resource I looked at mentioned his homosexuality. so my (revised) guess for the speakers, is that he is loud and clear about his homosexuality. He wants it to be known at full power. It symbolizes his voice on homosexuality.

        Also, I looked at the photo again, and I noticed and realized something I didn’t before; the yellow in his turban sticks out more than the other colors, but not too much. This makes me think that there was DE-saturation on various parts of the image. Mostly on his clothing, but not his turban… As I think about this more, I’ll be back

  187. Scott Smallin August 6, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    IM gonna say one light at about 10 Oclock boom style with a Beauty dish or small Octa. The spill off is lighting up the Speakers. Probably iso 100-200 f8ish. Lots of Burning on the Right side of the frame and some in the other corners in post. The important thing here is that you looked at the Prince and said “Is your name Paul?” That’s when he gave you this nice little Smirk.

  188. Jan Buwalda August 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Iso 800 1/100 F8 24 mm it is in the EXIF Two spotlights one high 45 degrees from the left on the model and the speakers, the other light on the right only on the speakers with more power. Maybe some correction in Photoshop afterwards.

  189. Puneet August 7, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    One strobe on left top (with grid) on the subject and another one also from left and with grid at the B/G amps.

  190. Matt August 7, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Camera Settings:

    35mm f/1.4 at f/11
    ISO 200
    1/200th sec

    I know it’s f/11 (or maybe 16) because the DOF is so great. His face is clearly in focus, as is the “Marshall” logo on the amp about 3-5 feet behind him. I think it’s the 35mm because the 50 1.4 would give more distortion. I’m guessing ISO 200 because thats the default low on the D3s, which I know you use a lot. If you brought out the D3X, then I’d say ISO 100. 1/200th for sync speed without banding.

    Main camera left, above subject. I’d say a gridded beauty dish. No fill. The light wraps just slightly around his face and body, bu still produces a defined shadow.
    Knowing you, it’s probably the new Profoto 8-a triggered with PocketWizards.

  191. Matias Gh August 7, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Im guessing you were just trying out the possition of your light for the shoot and this was one of the pics that “unexpected” came out good enough to post here. Not quite a snapshot, but can see why you ask… He seems to be just waiting (not modeling) for you, and it comes as your style of situation, but not as the usual results you post… someone or something is standing on the left side, very close to the subject, holding what could be a flash gun or small softbox (there is only one source), the strong vignetting and the bottom right shadows were post-burned and maybe even deleted what was going on the left side.


  192. Roy August 7, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    How did I make this picture? Very well.

    Is it a snapshot? No.

    Lighting? Yes

    If so, how?
    Small Strobes
    Main light: Soft box camera left, 45 degrees
    Background light: camera right, snoot or barn doors, aimed at speakers behind subject

    The camera Settings?
    F8 1/100 ISO 800

    The direction?
    The subject is Prince Manvendra, India’s first openly gay royal. I guess the speakers symbolize his openness and being outspoken about his sexual preference.

    Post production?
    Contrast, curves, white balance, vignette

    • Roy August 7, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

      …or the 2 lights could be continuous light sources, as the ISO is pretty high.

  193. Paul August 8, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    NO Snapshot,
    Lighting Softbox from Leftside 45° and from abobve maybe an additional lght to softly light up the background.
    Camera Settings ISO about 400-800, Aperture 9; 1/100.; 50mm
    Post Production: saturation was set a little lower, contrast (curves) up. and vignette.
    Direction: the cloth should show that he a royal from india and should stand for the old traditions he tool from his family (the nonliberal part) but as he is gay he does not only has the conservative sides but also the liberal which is presented by the different amplifier, wthat shows that he has an opened mind for people/things that are different (and not royal) he wants for example adopt a child to keep the traditions, and thats another important aspect of the picture: The conflict and dialogue between those totally different things.

  194. Robert Mout August 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Lighting: 3 lights. One on the prince from camera left. This one is neither hard nor soft. A beauty dish at a distance I think. It has very little spill so I think it is gridded. Another light on the speakers on the right hand side coming from camera right. The shadow of the candle right behind the prince shows it is coming in about horizontally. The shadow has some softness to it, so I think another beauty dish and again a grid to reduce spill. Third light is lighting the speakers on the left. I am puzzled about the specular on the black speaker. It looks like it is coming from a rather big lightsource that is slightly to the left and slighly above the camera. but how then to avoid spill on the Prince? not sure about that one…
    A snapshot? Possibly a ‘test’ shot while we are waiting for an assistant to bring the microphone….
    What was needed? The chair… I like the little wheels on them. The loudspeakers… what a collection. A second hand store? A museum?
    When seeing this and after reading about the Prince I assume the idea behind this is that whatever the prince says is automatically amplified and heard everywhere. Or maybe the other way. The wall of speakers is to aid the Prince in his mission.
    Camera settings have been revealed through teh meta data. I was not expecting a 24 though.. looks more like 35.
    Post: sharpening and some vignette.. and something that I cannot lay my hands on… the colors seem vivid but not saturated… oh well..

  195. Daithí August 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm #


    Shot: One strobe overhead and to the left, gridded and feathered to cast some light on the speaker array behind.

    Post: Increase contrast, saturation, vibrance and clarity. Darken any surrounding area (vignette)

    Done. Nice shot btw

  196. Nicholas Gonzalez August 9, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    I think this was a two light setup. One light hitting the background fro behind the subject. A light with no modifier (maybe a magnum reflector or standard reflector) feathered at the subject. The light falloff hitting the detail of the background, at camera left, was a happy accident and was left alone.

    Post was simple: light to no retouching of the subject. Contrast and little dodge and burn and you’re done.

  197. Heather August 9, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Is it a snapshot? it seems too well posed to be a snapshot, it could be a test shot at the beginning of the shoot, if the subject was going to be smiling later on
    Lighting? 1 bare head with reflector from camera left, high angle coming down to hit both subject and background at an angle and fall off
    The camera Settings? a high f-stop to get everything in focus and a fast shutter speed to have the light fall off on the edges.
    The direction? place your hands nicely on your legs, look relaxed at the camera
    Post production? a little saturation, a little s curve

  198. Ryan August 9, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    He was lit by one light – something hard like a beauty dish from about 10 feet away, slightly above his head off to his right.

    I think the background was lit by two additional lights – one that was behind the chair with some kind of dome diffuser or just bare bulb.
    I think the other light on the background was from just off to the left of the camera(indicated by by the amount of direct reflection coming off of the black speaker), gridded or something to keep it just on the left wall of speakers.

    However, I think this was a composite photo – one with the subject in the photo and one without. I tried finding other solid hints, but I mostly think this because there is a piece of a speaker on his stomach that appears to have not been masked out completely from behind him. (I know this wasn’t an accident ;) )

  199. Khris August 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Unfortunately, I read through some of the other comments before reaching the bottom of the page, where the comment box is, and I have to agree with both sides on the exif information. Chase (and team) could take it out and we would all have to guess at the exposure settings (which is fun), or he could leave it in and we can guess at the *other* camera settings (which is also fun), or the exif could be altered to mess with peepers (way more fun). I think people tend not to think because they think the answers are in front of them. Knowing the exif information is helpful in determining other aspects of the photo, the creative and technical aspects, but it is not the end-all answer to how the photo was made or actually shot.

    I think this photo has background, or history. I don’t know anything about the prince, but I’m betting Chase does now. The image contents suggest that the prince has a love for sound amplification, or music, or even just speakers. Chase would have had to construct this set and visioned this shot beforehand, removing the possibility of a snapshot by my definition (I’m not sure what Chase’s definition is). Clearly, this is lit and judging by the spread/intensity I might venture to say by speedlights. I am going to stab in the dark here, but I’m pretty sure there are 3 lights in following config: 1 at camera left aimed at the prince, maybe 45 degrees above the subject’s chest and bare; 1 camera right aimed at the candles positioned stage right of the prince’s head, also bare or maybe snooted; 1 stage left aimed at the other candles to the left also bare.

    Knowing Chase’s gear this is most likely shot on a full frame at a pretty wide focal length but has minimal distortion and NO chromatic aberration (post possibly?) so somewhere in the 20-30mm range (Fx) or if it is on a crop-sensor then 14-20mm range (Dx). There isn’t enough compression of the background to suggest a longer focal length on either sensor. As for exposure, since flashes were used (probably CLS with SU800?) the configuration was manual, and since the subject is sitting still, the shutter wouldn’t have exceeded 1/150th (1/80th or 1/100th for this application), aperture had to be stopped down below 6 (probably f/6-f/9 based on dof). The noise/grain in the shadows suggests a higher ISO maybe up to 1600 (my Fx bodies show this kind of noise around 800-1000 but then I have d700’s) but the color and image quality suggest as low as 640.

    Likely the barrel distortion was corrected automatically in camera with the latest firmware from Nikon, and possibly the noise and vignette settings were set to low or norm. As far as post, I think minor tweaks in sharpening, contrast, and some burning (areas of the floor) were done and chromatic aberration was corrected. Probably JPG conversion accounts for the sharpening artifacts.

    The shot seems taken from about the subject’s shoulders in height with a slight downward tilt of the camera which would account for plane of focus traveling from the prince’s shoes to his head wear. Also, the camera’s horizontal plane seems parallel to the speaker line. Chase doesn’t and I don’t think the prince does live in New York, so Chase would have had to know somebody with all those speakers and prepared by either researching the prince’s interests or by speaking directly with him (or his entourage). I hope I didn’t miss anything!

  200. Ulrich Schuster August 10, 2011 at 5:53 am #

    Hey Chase,

    I really love your blog, but the Typography of the blog entry is not very well readable …. comments are though

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  201. Stan August 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    Very cool portrait. I can’t enlarge enough to see the eyes and catch light(s), so I’m going to say it’s a one light setup with the light to camera left almost 90 degree to the subject and somewhat above his head. There’s pretty good DOF so I’d say maybe F11 and depending on the output of the strobe a fairly slow shutter…maybe around 1/30th to 1/120th depending on the strobe and the ambient. I’m guessing you’re pretty good at post, so I can’t say if there is any besides typical color & density corrections. The light is fairly harsh with a good spread so I’m thinking a simple parabolic reflector or maybe a beauty dish.

  202. David August 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    Shot relatively wide, 20-24mm, slower than 1/200 shutter, shooting F8 to get the speakers clean and you make up the lost stop with a moderate ISO, lets say 1000.
    4 lights – 2 for the speakers;
    One L and away from the wall and one R thats hotter and closer to the wall, you can see the umbra effect. Both prob gridded.
    2 for the dude; One fill on the L about 6 feet up off frame, maybe gridded box and another one focused on the face maybe a dish or snoot on the L and lower and closer to the wall than the fill.

    CHASE, Can I suggest you include the camera body model in the deconstructs? Knowing if its a full framer or smaller, its helpful to know when figuring out the the lens and the distance, depth ect.

  203. Martin Renshaw September 14, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    Two lights, first one above the subject about two foot in front of him and just slightly to the right of the highest speaker, you can tell this from the angle of the light by his feet and by the light source in his eyes. Not sure what type of light it was. Left might be a beauty light and the right a small strobe
    Second light is off the frame too the right of the subject and NOT behind him, the light is constrained and angled down, you can tell this by the shadows cast by the both candles to the right of his head. Also the highlights on the candle glass.

    Not sure what lens has been used maybe but its about f11, a low ISO as I can’t see noise in the blacks at the top and I don’t think any PP has been done.

  204. Kenneth Cole September 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    Two lights one to the left of the prince just alillte higher then his head around 4 1/2 feet shining down at a n angle second light dead in front of the prince but like the first a little to the left of the prince about 3 feet high shining dead on to his face pass the front of his face hitting the speakers just behind his face wile shining over his left shoulder over the back of the chair hiting the black /sliver ,white and bronze colored speakers behind the back of his head all the speaker are highly light refective colors, black,sliver, white bronze. No ligth is hitting the white colored speakers the color alone makes it apear to be refecting the light !

  205. Prashant Bhatnagar October 12, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    Camera Settings: F8 1/100 @ ISO 800 with I guess 24-70 Lens wide open. With a beauty Dish and a grid over it

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    1. Tight grid beauty dish above of subject, only slightly to the left.
    2. snoot on a light to the left of camera pointed on speakers in back left.
    3. grid on strobe far right, pointed to the speakers on the right.

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  221. alkaline water March 14, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

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