Lindbergh Tent Lighting Pt 2

Peter Lindbergh is one of Peter’s favourite photographers, and he was very well known for using natural light with a tent set up. In this tutorial, Peter shows you how you can create stunning images using that same technique.

Some of the finished images from this shoot can be found here

10 comments on “Lindbergh Tent Lighting Pt 2

  • Hi Peter
    Can you please explain a bit, what the intent of the Lindbergh Tent Lighting is? I understand it would shield light from top, from left and right when shooting outdoors, but it feels strange to me when in a studio.
    Wouldn’t one get similar results if using a gridded softbox in front of the model?

    • Hi Giovanni, using it indoors is like using it outdoors on an overcast day, it’s giving a direction of light. A gridded soft box wouldn’t look the same, we have created a soft box the size of the hole at the front because we are still using natural light not flash.

  • Great work. I used to work for a relatively well known Italian photographer during the late 80’s~early 90’s and have been creating images since 1990. I’d like think I’ve seen it all over the last 37 years but I digress. I typically don’t shoot implied images of models unless they’re comfortable shooting nude or are writing a sizable check. I’ve just seen the fear and terror on too many models’ faces and what I call the “bear-trap hand(s)” when they’re covering their breasts. I spoke to my former boss about it and he said “so stop doing it as the results are poor, you can’t use the images in your book, you’re not getting rich doing it and it’s not leading to paid work.” He told me to start shooting adult actresses like Lindbergh and Ritts shoot supermodels. The implied results improved dramatically. He also said “You may have to make a consolation if the model is extraordinary“

    • Thanks so much Ken. I used to not shoot implied topless unless the model was comfortable shooting topless but then I learnt if I offer the models masking tape to put on their nipples, they are so much more comfortable because that usually the only part they care about.

      • Yes, the digital era has changed a few things and opened the door due to PS and its spot healing tools. It’s so easy to edit out pasties.and or tape.

        It wasn’t so easy, convenient or cheap to Sitex scans or hand retouch prints back in the days of “Pretouch not Retouch”. I learned the cost of Sitex after making a tiny mistake during a commercial shoot. The AE, AD nor I saw the issue on the Polaroids but the issue stuck-out like a sore thumbs once the 4×5 chromes were placed on a
        light-table…. Ugh…


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