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Preview: Christmas Themed Photoshoots

With Christmas being around the corner it is a great idea to give your next photo shoot a Christmas theme and produce some nice photos for postings and greetings. I totally enjoyed meeting up with cousins Feifei and Metin in order to put our heads together, come up with three simple and straight forward sets for a christmassy model shoot and try all of them out in a joint shooting. Whenever a couple of photographers team up to realize an idea, there is plenty of stuff they are learning from each other. All 3 ideas are going to be showcased and explained in GoodLight Issue 03 which comes out December 15th (given it is approved in time by apple). But as a preview, here is already a video with a sneak peak at our first idea, the self made red ribbon costume. You will find more on that and two more ideas inside the mag.



Probably you noticed that we did shoot with different cameras from Nikon and Canon and we used speedlights from both brands and from Yongnuo. This is possible because we used Phottix Atlas II radio triggers which work awesomely with pretty much any camera / flash combination.

The settings we used are documented in our lighting diagram:

Lighting diagram for Christmas themed photo shoot isolated on white background

Some examples of how each of us is interpreting this scene

(by Feifei)


(by Metin)


(by Michael)


(by Michael)


(by Michael)


In the coming issue of GoodLight magazine you will find 2 more setups for Christmas themed photo shoots. Until then, secure your chance for our speedlight giveaway by dropping us a comment below!


Contest: We have 3 Yongnuo 560 II speedlights to give away. We used this speedlights in the photoshoot for this article and we love them! Just leave a comment (any comment) below this post and check the "Post to facebook" checkbox to enter. Contest ends Sunday December 9th at midnight US Eastern Time, after which time we will select 3 entrants to win. The first winner will also get 15 feet of the red ribbon we used in the shoot in and the costume of our model as a blueprint for making his own costume in his next shoot.

Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won’t count.


Update: We held the drawing for our giveaway and here is the result

Thanks a ton to everybody who participated! Since we were really jazzed about all your awesome comments, we decided to give away a little something extra. Besides the 3 speedlights we threw in a bit more content with cousin Emily (3 of Emily's Boudoir ebooks) and we also added creative poster templates for Photoshop (3 Movie Poster Template Bundles).

A number of comments revealed that you are really ambitious about photography, so we spontanously decided to invite one of you into our Pro Portfolio Club for one year. In addition to that we are giving away our latest product, a high end photography training with the awesome Drew Gardner, for a lucky cousin who might use it to make a quantum leap in his photography. selected who of our fellow photographers receive a giveaway:

Roger Wilson Yongnuo Speedlight Number 1 + Red Ribbon and Emily Costume
Alexis Hadjisoteriou Yongnuo Speedlight Number 2
Keith Vaglienti Yongnuo Speedlight Number 3
Joseph Oram Movie Poster Template Bundle
John Rondeau Movie Poster Template Bundle
David Rushton Movie Poster Template Bundle
Jeff Seely Emily's eBook "The Art of Boidoir Photography"
Michael Menzel Emily's eBook "The Art of Boidoir Photography"
Carlos Caridade Emily's eBook "The Art of Boidoir Photography"
Thomas Dosedel One Year Membershop ProPortfolioClub
Wolfgang Schulzer The Productive Photographer Video Training


We will contact all of you within the next couple of days.

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