Lighting Techniques

Lighting Chameleons: Wesley Mann on Adapting When Conditions Aren’t Ideal

September 23, 2016

By David Walker


To light Mo’ne Davis on location, Wesley Mann built a 12 x 20-foot frame to block the sun from above and then lit her using double flash heads in an Octabank.

Celebrity portrait photographer Wesley Mann has a signature lighting style that he achieves under ideal studio conditions with a simple set-up: two umbrella-diffused lights about an arm’s length above the subject, and 45 degrees to one side of his camera, and a third light—often a strip bank—providing the slightest amount of fill from the other side of the camera. Clients...

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