Vintage Hollywood circa 1953 – Speed Lights! What it Took!

Recreating the Golden Days of Hollywood: Having spoken recently, in some depth, with a friend about the Golden Days of Hollywood and remembering the stylish look of the Vespa motor scooter, my thoughts were drawn to Audrey Hepburn and the Movie, “Roman Holiday.”

 Vintage Hollywood in the Fifties circa 1953 Roman HolidayI had been photographing quite a lot of Fashion images with Models I had come into touch with through a joint venture with my daughter, Cindy Christi, we call, “Get Image Ready.”

Essentially we create a day in the life of a Hollywood Fashion Set, where we bring aspiring Photographers and Models together for a weekend of training and portfolio building.

The Speed Light Connection: As I work quite a bit and tutor in the creative use of Speed Lights. And, as well, really enjoy the Glamor Lighting style of Hollywood in the forties and fifties, I thought it would be a great deal of fun to stage a photo shoot, depicting that style.

SRs “Tiny Triggers: An essential tool for my Speed Light Photography are Scott Robert Lim’s remarkable “Tiny Triggers” remote Radio Triggers. In this instance they allowed me to set up

ExpoImaging, Inc: To get the ball rolling, I proposed the idea to the folks of Expo Imaging, Inc. That is, to recreate a vintage Hollywood Photo Shoot, utilizing their recently released Rogue “FlashBenders” Products; a collection of innovative Light shaping tools for Speed Lights.

I began with the idea of lighting a Vespa and a Fashion Model in the Hollywood Fifties style. This fit the ticket very well, as the Rogue FlashBenders, create a light similar to that of the Fresnel lens based Hot Lights of the 40′s and 50′s era.

The idea and concept of the Vintage Hollywood Photo Shoot began to take form. All I needed to pull together was a vintage style Vespa motor scooter, a Model who resembled Audrey Hepburn, a Location to shoot, some vintage clothing and a hair and make up stylist, who could create the look.

The Lighting:

I began the project thinking to create the lighting with 3 speed lights, depicted in the diagram below. As ExpoImaging, Inc. had just released their new Rogue Gel and “Background Lighting Kit, they asked me to include a splash of color in the background. That and the on set requirement to add some fill light, I ended up with six Speed Lights. A diagram will be added showing this change, as soon as I can photograph and place the background lights. Suffice it to say, for the time being, that the red and blue gels, cut perfectly to shape, fit snugly into the Rogue FlashBenders Grid assembly, shown to the left in the diagram.

Here are a couple of the final Images, showing the effect of splashing some color on the gray background paper behind our subjects with the Rogue FlashBender Grids and Gel Kit.

Maggy Day on the Set of Vintage Hollywood

The Talent to Create the Look:

Our Audrey Hepburn look alike model, Maddie Rose Holler, our Hollywood Siren, Maggy Day, Wardrobe Design, Rebecca Turley of Nostalgic Boutique, Hair and Makeup Stylist, Diane Aiello, The Hohokam Ballroom at the Pointe Hilton at Squaw Peak, provide by Rizaldi Sherwood, a Vespa Motor Scooter provided by Tylor Carlson of Victory BMW/Vespa of Chandler,Scott Robert Lim’s remarkable “Tiny Triggers” Triggers. www.tinytriggers.infoExpoImaging Inc. Light Shaping Tools, my great assistants, Barbara Trainor, Warren Walker and Jen Overholt and myself, David Lloyd as the Creative Director and Photographer, equals a fun Day in Hollywood in the Fifties!

A Big Thank you to all!

Outdoor Lighting Workshops – Tripping the Light Fantastic!

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Evening Lighting with Speed Lights and Gels

Learn simple principles of Photographic Lighting and take your photography to the Next Level!

On March 24, 2012 we convened for the second in a series of Lighting Workshops which are taught every 4 to 6 weeks.

In our first meeting in February, we explored the concepts of Dimensional Outdoor Lighting, looking for five key ingredients.

Background: framing the subject.
Foreground: allowing your subject’s eyes to be open, not squinting.
Main Light: creating the direction of light to sculpt the facial features.
Fill Light: to lift the shadows.
Hair Light: creating separation and dimension.

The concepts were taught by positioning three speed lights to show the relationships of Dimensional Light.

This was followed by working with Diffusers and reflectors to mimic the Dimensional Lighting concepts using available light.

These principles were expanded on in our second Workshop, held March 24 with the Grand Finale exploring the use of Speed Lights and Gels in the early evening for the article opening image.

Here is the Lighting setup formula!

The Lighting Setup

A full explanation of this Lighting Setup and how it embraces the five Key Dimensional Elements to Dimensional Lighting, are revealed in the Workshops.

Join our Meetup Group “Photographic Lighting Workshops and discover your hidden talents.” Simply Click Here

Easy to Acheive, Theatrical Lighting with Rogue FlashBenders

Theatrical Lighting with Rogue FlashBendersRogue FlashBender Products allow for an easy setup for Theatrical Lighting. The Main, Fill and Hairlight can be set on light stands at three corners of a rectangular stage. Set the Main and Fill lights at the two front corners, pointing center stage with a 3 to 1 lighting ratio. Both the Main and the Fill speed lights are bounced into the (Large) Rogue FlashBender flexible reflectors by ExpoImaging, Inc. The Hair Light is placed in the opposite corner, backstage, of the Fill Light. The Hair Light being fit with either a Rogue Grid, as pictured below or a (small) FlashBender,  folded into a wide snoot. The Hair Light placement behind the subject, provides side or rim light, adding dimensional interest to the subject.

As with all of my Speed Light Photography, Scott Robert Lim’s SRs “Tiny Triggers” are an essential tool for triggering the Speed Lights. You can find more info on these very cost effective and reliable Radio Triggers at

To add to the dramatic look of the set, additional speed lights can be fitted with the Rogue Grids and pre-cut to fit, Rogue Gels, to splash color on the background. The Manfrotto Justin Clamp, P/N 175F allows for speed light placement to the side at floor level, or they can be placed on lightweight light stands and directed to splash light on the gray seamless backdrop paper. Note: The Rogue Grid allows for a defined circular splash of color.

Lighting Diagram and Camera Settings:

Theatrical Lighting Guide

Transforming the image into Black and White can add an additional sense of Drama to the subject.

Geisha Samurai

Adding a texture overlay in Photoshop can also add character to the Dramatic Lighting.

Scott Robert Tiny Triggers, used for the included photos allow for remote Radio Triggering of the Speed Lights.

Photography: David Lloyd, Lighting Director and Chief Photographer for Get Image Ready Photo Shoot and Model Search Events.

Model: Katherine Divine

Tiny Triggers by Scott Robert Photography: Tiny Triggers

Rogue FlashBenders, Grids and Gels: ExpoImaging, Inc

Certified Professional Photographer

Certified Professional Photographer

For Immediate Release

September 20,2011

Local Photographer Earns Certification

David Lloyd of David Lloyd Photography in Chandler, AZ has earned the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation from the Professional Photographic Certification Commission.

David Lloyd, a long standing member of PPA Professional Photographers of America and graduate of West Coast School of Photography, earned the (CPP) designation after meeting rigorous requirements measuring his artistic and technical competence in the field of photography. The Professional Photographic Certification Commission currently recognizes less that 2,000 Certified Professional Photographers.

“My career in Photography began in 1975 as a New Product Design Engineer for the Vivitar Corp., where I was awarded a US Patent #4,266,163 in Electronic Flash Control. While the following 25 years, were focused on my Engineering career, in 1998, after moving to the Central Coast of California, I started a full time Wedding and Portrait Photography Business. I soon realized, however, that while I had a very strong technical grasp of photographic principles and an artistic flair, that to excel in photography would require that I further my education. I joined the PPA and attended West Coast School of Photography, held each summer at the University of San Diego. I determined next, to undertake the personal and professional quest of becoming a Certified Professional Photographer. Just as doctors and other professionals seek certification in their industries, I wanted to elevate my commitment to my craft and profession and assure my clients of my qualifications to provide them with the best services possible.”

The Professional Photographic Certification Commission ( is the leading body for certifying imaging professionals. Certified Professional Photographers must complete a written examination, finish an image evaluation and adhere to a stringent code of conduct. Certification must be renewed on a periodic basis, ensuring continuing confidence in the professionalism of Certified Professional Photographers.

For more information: David Lloyd

(480) 284-5516


“Synergistic Connections” Becoming Engaged!

Donna Newman - Social Media Architect

Donna Newman - Social Media Architect

Setting the Stage: A little while back, I found myself intrigued with the idea of photographing a gorgeous model with a Classic Car. I had seen a photograph by a colleague photographer that launched my imagination and I was on a photo creative quest. As I often create Fashion Events with my daughter, Cindy Christi of Get Image Ready, (see side bar for our next Event, October 8 & 9th, 2011) I had proposed the idea to her, as a theme for one of our upcoming Events.

Becoming Engaged!: Opportunities are always presenting themselves, however, it is up to us to recognize them. As my schedule, like so many other small business owners, is quite full, I don’t randomly attend Events; I go with a purpose in mind.

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