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An Exclu Tutorial by Guest Creative Anthony Gossett.


Before I start, I would like to thank The Exclu Collective and Tamashiiuk for hosting last April’s figure focus and the opportunity to be a finalist.


My approach was to capture Ironman landing into a fight using lighting and practical effects. Going into the setup, I knew I needed to have a fast shutter speed and a lot of light. Therefore, I decided to combine natural and artificial light to accomplish this.


My backyard lol

Equipment used

  • Sony A5000 Mirrorless Camera
  • Sigma 50-100mm 1.8 Art Lens
  • Manfrotto MK290 tripod
  • Two lumecubes
  • Handheld steam cleaner


Setting up the Shot

 After 15 minutes and using movie stills as a reference, I finally got Ironman to look like he was slamming down into a “Superhero Landing”. Afterwards I needed to build the scene. I decided to use some pea gravel from the yard and place it on a small table. From there I started to use the three-point lighting technique to plan the angle of my lighting and the camera.

Below I discuss more about this technique.

Three-point lighting

  • The Key Light –main light used on your subject.
    • The sun would be my key light
  • The Fill Light –light used to fill in the shadows created by the key light
    • I used both lumecubes to illuminate the shadows.
  • The Back Light – light used to separate the subject from the background.
    • Achieved by the steam when the key light hit it.
    • The steam doubled as background light too.

Below are a few pictures to show how I used each light source for this method.

SH Ironman 3 point Diagram 1SH Ironman Lighting Diagram 2


Post Editing

I try not to over process my pictures and keep it clean. For these series of shots, I mainly adjusted saturation, color and clarity and applied the same to all.

Below are the before and after

Shot #1

  •  f/3.5
  • 1/4000
  • 100mm
  • ISO 640

Ironman Final RAW-1Ironman Final Lightroom-1

Shot #2

  • f/3.5
  • 1/4000
  • 100mm
  • ISO 640

Ironman Alt 1 RAW-1Ironman Alt 1 Lightroom-1

Shot #3

  • F/3.5
  • 1/4000
  • 100mm
  • ISO 400 

 Ironman Alt 2 RAW-1Ironman Alt 2 Lightroom-1

 Thank you again Exclu Collective and Tamashiiuk for hosting April’s competition and for the figure that came with it.

SH Iron Man Final Complete

A huge thank you to the returning Exclu creative Anthony Gossett for taking the time to share his behind the scenes breakdown on his post-competition shoot. For your chance to bag prize figures of your own every month be sure to keep up-to-date with us on social media and whilst you are there check out Anthony’s work via @cruelcodex.

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Last modified: June 27, 2018

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