Inspiration

The Art of Light

In the world of haute couture, the skills of the fashion photographer and his or her team of stylists shape the trends for buyers of a wide range of products.

In this fast-paced environment, image is everything, and the eye of the photographer is the key to success. We asked Toronto fashion photographer David Hou to share some photographs and describe his lighting technique for PHOTONews readers. David is a fashion and theatre photographer from Toronto, working worldwide both in studio and on location. His fashion career began ten years ago when he routinely tested for modeling agencies. Today, his focus has shifted toward editorial fashion and campaigns. David’s prestigious theatre and dance clients include: National Ballet of Canada, Canadian Opera Company, and Stratford Shakespeare Theatre. you may have seen David’s work in the finest fashion magazines – his recent projects include: stills photography for Shaftsbury Films, the Franco Mirabelli Campaign, a portrait of Atom Egoyan, the Cargo Cosmetics Campaign, Persona Jewelry Campaign, Classic Creations Jewelry Campaign, and Fashion China editorial. David is represented by Digitagent in Paris, France.

< AMANDA

Single light setup with Photoflex Triton and extra small Octodome. Light is reversed Rembrandt, from the back of the model and angled down at 45 degrees. The front of the model is lit by reflection from a white reflector. Camera was Canon 5D II with 100mm macro lens. Model: Amanda Borden (Panache Management Winnipeg).

Make up: Cherie Pia Grassa.
Hair: Mario Grassa.
Styling: Shan Shawar (Push Management)

 

SHATTERED BEAUTY >

Four light setup, mixed lighting with Lowell DP lights and Photoflex Triton heads. Large octodome on the background Triton; extra small octodome on key light (Triton) Rembrandt lighting; two rim/hair lights (DP) with 1/2 CTB gel filters on each. Processed in Lightroom 3 at Tungsten balance. Camera was Canon 1DS III with 100mm Macro lens.

Model: Kelli Weseen.

Make up: Cherie Pia Grassa.
Hair: Mario Grassa.

 

BARBIE

Three light setup, all Profoto. Key light is on a beauty dish from the front and angled down at 45 degrees. Two fill lights from the front just below the waist of the model, both with standard 7″ reflector hoods gelled with 1/2 CTB. Camera was Hasselblad H2D with P45+ back and 120mm Macro lens.

Make up and Hair: Dylan Hanson (Ford Artists).

 

< BRIANNA

Single light setup with Photoflex Triton and medium sized Photoflex shoot through umbrella. Light is Rembrandt, from the front of the model and angled down at 45°. Camera was Canon 5D II with 100mm macro lens. Model: Brianna Funk-Clements (Panache Management Winnipeg).

Make up: Cherie Pia Grassa.
Hair: Mario Grassa.
Styling: Shan Shawar (Push Management).

 

LEIGHFive light setup, all Profoto. Background lit with two softboxes using copystand setup for even distribution. Key lighting consists of two lights: one on a large octodome and the other on a beauty dish and just in front of the octodome; both from front Rembrandt angle. One fill lights from the front just below the waist of the model, standard 7″ reflector hood gelled with 1/2 CTB. Camera was Hasselblad H2D with P45+ back and 120mm Macro lens.Model: Leigh (Elite Models).
Make up and Hair: Stacy Hatzinikolas.
Styling: Jen Tse.

 

DOLL’S PLAY >
Five light setup, all Profoto. Background lit with two softboxes using copystand setup for even distribution. Key light is on a beauty dish from front and angled down at 45 degrees. Two fill lights from front just below the waist of the model, both with standard 7″ reflector hoods gelled with 1/2 CTB. Camera was Hasselblad H2D with P45+ back and 120mm Macro lens.
Make up and Hair: Taca Ozawa (Ford Artists).
Styling: Alex Loeb.

Learn more about David Hou here.

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