Halloween is just around the corner and you may want to shoot some spooky portraits in your home studio. I know I do! In this video from Adorama, Gavin Hoey will show you how to make a lighting setup and get some spo-o-o-oky portraits even if you shoot in a tiny home studio.
Gavin went for a “chemist/alchemist” concept for this shoot. So, his model is sitting at the table, surrounded by all sorts of bottles.
As for the lighting, it’s edgy and harsh, ideal to create a Halloween atmosphere. Gavin uses only two speedlights with gels. He hides the first speedlight with orange gel among the bottles to create the illusion that the model is lit with a flame from below on her left.
To add more light on the opposite side from above, Gavin uses a Godox AD200 with a honeycomb grid. This creates a directional, moody light on the model. With a green gel, this adds to the spookiness of the Halloween-themed shot.
The setup above resulted in some pretty awesome images. But, if you want to level it up, you can add one more speedlight and some smoke. Gavin placed the third speedlight with a green gel behind the model and added some smoke to the scene using a smoke machine. Now we’re talking!
Make sure to watch the video above, as Gavin builds the set gradually, showing you the process step-by-step. And if you shoot some scary Halloween photos, feel free to share them in the comments below.