Studio Lighting by Pramod Kumar
Pramod Kumar started with photography very early in life and without any formal training. His undying passion and commitment towards photography made him an inevitable part of the industry where images speak louder than words. After freelancing for several years, Pramod started his own little agency – Pink Penguin Productions. Pink Penguin reflects his passion and his determination for perfection in photography. Says he, “Pink, as a colour, reflects my unconditional love for photography, while Penguin reflects the self-discipline, strength and determination that the profession demands for delivering the best”.
Pramod strongly believes that photography as a profession requires self-discipline, strength and determination. He believes in capturing emotions, messages, expressions, and weave them in a story in a winsome manner with all beautiful elements included. He prefers shooting with a single light; its dramatic effect has become his style. But he adds “that totally depends on the concept and the client’s requirements”. Since the beginning of his career, he has used Elinchrom lights in almost all his shoots, be it indoor or outdoor. He has sometimes tried using other brands also but has always returned to Elinchrom. He uses Rotalux strip softbox and Elinchrom lights with Rotalux Deep Octa softbox for better control over the lighting.
We placed an Elinchrom D-Lite FX 2 with a Rotalux strip softbox, a little behind and to the right of the model, to sharply define her facial features. This was our main light. A white reflector was carefully placed facing the shadowed side of the face to provide a sliver of fill-in light.
Aashish started his acting career in a recently launched movie ‘Bedhab’. Again, this was a single light set-up. We used an Elinchrom D-Lite FX 2 studio flash with a Rotalux Deep Octa softbox (main light) from the top (slightly to the model’s left) to create what is called ‘Butterfly lighting’. A white reflector was also placed to the model’s left.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, Shutter speed: 1/200 sec, Aperture: F/13, ISO: 100, Light: Elinchrom D-Lite RX 2, Modifiers: 1 Rotalux Deep Octa (Main Light), White Reflector( Fill Light).
This was a shoot for the kids-wear brand, Giggle Buns. As per the requirement of the shoot, we used a 5-light setup for this image. One Octa (main light) was placed above the kid but slightly in front, two softboxes were used, one on either side of the model as fill-in light at low power, two strip lights lit the backdrop, one from each side.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Lens: Canon 24-70mm, Shutter speed: 1/160 sec, Aperture: F/13, ISO: 100, Lights: Elinchrom D-Lite FX 2, Light Modifiers: One Rotalux Deep Octa (Main Light), two Rotalux Strip lights (for background), two Portalite Square (Fill Light)
This is one of my favourite shots. It was an outdoor shoot during the monsoon season at Delhi. The ambient light was low as compared to the summer months. So, after removing the two light-diffusers from a Rotalux Deep Octa softbox (Main light), we placed the light outside the window, and angled it so that the light could fall through the blinds to create a bright daylight effect. And to apply a little fill-in to the shadow side of her face, we used another light with a standard reflector and honeycomb diffuser on low power.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Lens: Canon 50 mm Shutter speed: 1/160 sec Aperture: F/1.8 ISO: 100, Lights: Elinchrom D-Lite FX 2, Light Modifiers: One Rotalux Deep Octa (Main Light), One Standard Reflector (Fill in light).
A single light set-up again, but an interesting one. It’s tricky when you have to do a body-shoot. For this shot, it was all about balancing the light on the model’s body; a slight change in light position could un-balance the lighting. We used a Rotalux Deep Octa softbox from the top – straight over the head – and positioned it to make the light fall on his lower back.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Lens: Canon 24-70mm, Shutter speed: 1/100 sec, Aperture: F/13, ISO: 100, Lights: Elinchrom D-Lite FX 2, Light Modifiers: One Rotalux Deep Octa (Main Light).
Article from Smart Photography February 2020