In this video I’ll show you how to create spooky Halloween lighting in a small home studio. Hello I’m Gavin Hoey, and you’re watching Adorama TV brought to you by Adorama, the camera store that’s got everything for us photographers… And it’s that time of year… Halloween is right around the corner, which means I get to turn my small home studio into something just a little bit more creepy. This year I’ve gone for a Chemist or Alchemist, or Apothecary style setup. Well I say that, but actually what I’ve got is one of our old tabletops, one or two old bottles… quite a few new bottles but with stickers and filled with colored water.. so for this to appear creepy, it’s all about the lighting, and I’ll take you through that step by step. So let’s get some lights set. Let’s get a model in… let’s get shooting. So to help me out today, I’ve got the amazing Sophie. Sophie is gonna be the model for this, and as you can see she is dressed as an apothecary, sort of chemist, sort of Alchemist, kind of look, which fits in with the little scene we built in my small home studio. Now the lighting for this is going to be very different to the light that you can see now. I want this to be much more edgy and dramatic… and much harder light sources. I’m gonna kick off with a speed light, now my speed light is gonna light Sophie through the lantern. I want to give this the illusion that the lantern is actually working… it doesn’t work, it’s got lots of holes in.. it’s quite dangerous… so I’m going to tuck this just in behind. Now you might notice that this speed light is hidden by a whole bunch of bottles… that’s not a mistake, that’s all part of the planning because I don’t want the speed light to be in the picture and these bottles will they just hide the fact that this is being lit by a speed light and not a real Lantern okay let’s take a test shot see how this looks here we go so that looks really good we’ve got directional light but if it really was lit by a flame it would have a much more warmer orange tone so to recreate that all I’m gonna do is get a piece of orange gel pop it in front of the speed light and put a little diffusing cap back on as well put it back into place and take the same shot now the gel will act a bit like a pair of sunglasses so I’m gonna adjust my exposure just a tiny little bit brighter and let’s take that shot okay here we go quick test shot and yeah that works really well it does indeed look like that lantern is lit and it’s lit with a flame now we’ve got quite a large shadow area on this side of the setup so to put our little wash of light in here I’m gonna add a second light now it could be any lights it could be a speed lights but I’m using the Explorer 400 and I’ve just got a standard reflector in here so let’s just see how this looks here we go so that looks okay but it doesn’t really have the mood that I’m after so to get a bit more dramatic directional light I’m actually going to use one of these so this is a honeycomb grid it’s a really tight 110 degree grid and I’m gonna pop that into the reflector now there is a reason I’m using the Explorer 400 and that’s because it has a modeling lamp which allows me to direct the light with much more accuracy when I turn off the video lights now once again that will take away some of the light so I’m going to adjust my exposure to compensate for that let’s take a test picture see how it looks so this is getting better now we’ve got some mood in the picture but it doesn’t quite have the creepy feel that I’m after so to achieve that I’ve added one more thing to this light it is a green gel and that should add a nice sort of green glow to everything that it touches so let’s see how this looks or once again you may need to adjust your exposure when you’ve added the gel that’s great really good so this has come together really well I like the mood I like the spooky feeling all we need to do now is to give Sophie some props and we’ll take a few pictures so Sophie are you ready okay let’s see what we can find you it’s not off with this lovely book okay hold on turn in towards that light get yourself sorted out take your time I know it’s not in every room if you’ve seen my previous videos then you probably know where this is going to go because what makes everything better in a studio is smoke and this scene is just crying out for a bit of smoke from my smoke machine now I can’t just fill the area with smoke you have to backlight smoke so I’ve got a third light this is an evolved 200 and this is going to go right in behind Sophie now the power for this is likely to change as we apply more smoke to the scene smoke acts like a massive softbox so it does take away a bit of control so you have to be ready to adjust your settings as you’re shooting so let’s get Sam in doing smoke duty and let’s take some pictures bring on the smoke I need just a hint of smoke just a little bit of smoke right behind Sophie just a little to your left well it’s no secret that I love using the smoke machine in my small home studio but when it comes to Halloween nothing says creepy like a little bit of smoke now if you’ve enjoyed this video or you’ve got any questions leave me a comment below click on the bell icon to get regular notifications of all the brand new videos right here on adoramatv and of course click on that subscribe button I’m Gavin Hoey thanks for watching.