Lighting Deconstructed: Helmut Newton


Dana Pennington and I are back in the studio to present another Deconstructing the Lighting. Today we are going to tackle one of Helmut Newton’s photographs. As I mentioned in the video, this photograph that we chose is from one of my favorite bodies of work that Newton photographed, called Big Nudes.

The original shot by Helmut Newton

Our shot

Dana and I studied the photograph that we chose for the lighting source and direction. Although Helmut probably used continuous light and we are using strobes, I think we got fairly close to what Helmut Newton did. Watch on as we explore how to deconstruct a Helmut Newton image by studying the image and then figuring out where the light is coming from and where to direct it.

Melissa Rodwell