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Lighting a Commercial for Yeti Cycles at a Studio in Denver

shooting a commercial at a studio in Denver
Lighting Diagram by Tyler Kaschke, Denver Colorado Gaffer

I love it when my favorite things come together in the studio :)

Bikes can be particularly tough to shoot because in addition to reflective surfaces, there are so many components that need to be styled to perfection. It just takes time to get it dialed. The reference image we were shown was a still photo made of multiple exposures (as most product photos are) and we were tasked with creating a similar look with motion. No problems, only solutions!

When working with reflective surfaces, big sources are the key to even highlights. And those sources don’t have to be huge when your product isn’t that big to begin with.

A @litegear LiteMat Spectrum 8 with @dopchoice Snapgrid was rigged overhead for soft top fill and those nice even shadows under the tires. An 600C with @chimeralighting OctaPlus6 was to the right of the camera for the key, giving the bike some shape on the frame. We used two PB12 Infinibars diffused with opal to bring up the value of the background, another one bounced into 4x4 beadboard for fill, ultrabounce floppy for key side fill, and a PB6 focused on the derailleur at the rear of the bike to make it twankle ✨All controlled wirelessly via @blackoutlightingconsole and my @ratpaccontrols AKS+

Many thanks to the studio and small but mighty Denver production and lighting crew who made shooting this commercial for Yeti Cycles possible!

Producer Connie Patterson

Director Drew Paulter

Tyler Kaschke is a gaffer / chief lighting technician with 2 ton G&E grip truck and sprinter van rental serving Denver, Boulder, Golden, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, and the Rocky Mountain Region at large.

For more information about grip and lighting tips and shooting video production commercials in Colorado, follow me on Instagram @colorado_gaffer 


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