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BTS: Fashion Shoot at a Bombed Out Church | Tuesdays With Lauri

By Lauri L. on April 16th 2013

In this week’s instalment of Tuesdays With Lauri, we take a “behind the scenes” -look at my latest fashion shoot that we organised in a Bombed Out Church in Liverpool, England. Also, make sure to scroll down, and check out the technical details, lighting diagrams and BTS-photos.

Lighting diagrams


Photo #1 – Natural light and a speedlight

For this first photo I used the natural sunlight as the mainlight, and bumped up the ambient light a bit with a speedlight that I pointed at one of the walls.

Photo #2 – Natural light, reflector, and a speedlight

For the second photo I used the natural sunlight as the hairlight, and filled the shadows in front of my models face with a large white reflector. And because the “tunnel” that we were shooting in was quite dark, I had to flash a speedlight (pointed at one of the walls) in order to bump up the ambient light a bit.

Photo #3 – Natural light and a speedlight through a softbox

In this third photo I used mostly the natural sunlight that was diffused nicely by the clouds in the sky. To add a bit of “pop” into my model’s face, I used a speedlight through a softbox, angled down at an angle of 45°.


Technical info

Photo #1

Camera: Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens
ISO: 1600
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter: 1/100

Photo #2

Camera: Canon EOS 5D MkII
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens

Photo #3

Camera: Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter: 1/60







Photo: Lauri Laukkanen
Model: Jen Brook
Hair & makeup: Donna Graham Mua
Wardrobe & styling: Tara Byakko
Styling assistant: Jennifer Manning
Photography assistant: Richard Powazynski Photography
BTS-footage: Reiss Carloss

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Lauri Laukkanen is one of the youngest established advertising photographers in Finland. At the ripe age of 21 he has already been working with some of the biggest commercial clients and his photos have been featured in the media, all around the world. Check out his portfolio here.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Mathieu Nicolet

    WOW! Stunning location and I love the fog!

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  2. Anthony McFarlane

    Killer work! Great stuff!

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  3. Jose Luis Zapata

    This is really great work. Truly Admirable!

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  4. Jo Rutherford

    Hi Lauri, it was great to meet you , this photoshoot looks fantastic x

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  5. Kristian

    How big is that softbox. 60cm x 60cm?

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  6. Dan Lizama

    Amazing shots! Why 1600 ISO, might I ask? Didn’t you have problems with noise later on?

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    • laurilaukkanen

      Thank you Dan! :) It was really the only way for me to get enough light into the camera… Couldn’t haul a lot of equipment with me to Liverpool, so had to work with pretty simple lighting. And actually no, I didn’t have problems with noise. :) I have a technique of getting rid of noise in a pretty effective way, so it worked out quite well with these settings. :)

      – Lauri

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    • Felipe Buccianti

      Have you shared this noise reduction technique before? I’d love to learn more. Thanks!

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    • laurilaukkanen

      Actually, no I haven’t… I might do a tutorial on it sometime in the near future. :)

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    • E.j. McKenzie

      I don’t have an FX camera as yet and noise performance is one of my biggest draw backs, but thanks for sharing the light set up… I am planning to buy a decent speed light and this one light set up is encouraging :) Thanks again. Love your work

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    • laurilaukkanen

      Thanks mate!! :)

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    • Dan Lizama

      Cool!! Would love to hear more on that technique :)

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    • PaulJay

      Great shots indeed! 1600 iso on a 5D is pretty good but still. I’m wondering too. I guess that the natural and speedlight were not powerful enough?

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    • laurilaukkanen

      Yeah, not enough power to fill up the space with light… :( SO had to bump up the ISO. :)

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  7. Michael Dam Hansen

    Wow Lauri! That’s damn nice work. :-)

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