Victoria’s Secret (and other big brands for that matter) behind the scenes videos rarely offer you much of a real look at the behind the scenes. But this year the behind the scenes video posted by Victoria’s Secret for their holiday commercial offers a really great look at the production… if you take your eyes off the lingerie models that is.
If you watch the above video you can actually learn quite a bit about the lighting and some of the gear that goes into producing these big budget commercials and ad campaigns. In the BTS shot that you see below you can get a great look at the lighting going into the shot (just a simple umbrella as the key light).
Or take this shot, which uses essentially the same lighting setup but you can see that there is a reflector of some sort being used opposite of the umbrella. You can also see a fan in the bottom right corner, which is likely being used to blow air at the model for that wavy hair look.
You can also see some of the gear used to make the set look so authentic. You see light stands and C-Stands being used to hold up the chandeliers, hardware clamps to help with cable management. Heck it looks like the reflector is just being held up by leaning it on a Light stand.
Then there is this fun shot where we can see an assistant in the background pointing a light into a mirror in the background which is (presumably) reflecting back at the model for some sort of back light. You can also see the copious use of apple boxes in this image as well as in the first image.
Even though it is not a step by step technical behind the scenes I always enjoy watching these behind the scenes videos because they give me ideas on how to setup my lighting when I am attempting to shoot similar subjects. Admittedly I do not shoot a lot of lingerie or boudoir but I have dabbled and watching videos and seeing behind the scenes imagery like this helps bring inspiration to me when I do decide to dabble further.
What are your thoughts on this sort of behind the scenes content? Do you find it fun to try and decipher their lighting setups like I do? Do you find them useful at all or are they a waste of time to you? Share your thoughts in a comment below.
[via Victoria’s Secret]