How I Got the Shot with Jeremy Cowart – Custom LED Lighting

Posted by: on Aug 11, 2017

Tether Tools Pro Jeremy Cowart is an entertainment, music, celebrity photographer and founder of Help-Portrait. Based in Los Angeles, CA and Nashville, TN.



There really wasn’t too much of a concept. We just wanted to get in the studio and play and experiment, which are my favorite kinds of shoots.

Setup and Lighting

The only lighting I used for this shot was a custom-made ring light, using 12 LIFX led light bulbs.

Benefits of Shooting Tethered

Shooting tethered just simplifies things. You’re able to see the shots immediately and you all know when you can move on. It eliminates the doubt of whether you got the shot or not. Plus, you can tweak and edit your raw files on the fly, showing your client a close-to-final version of the images.


Just basic contrast using Capture One Pro. Otherwise, this is pretty straight out of camera.

Logistics and Gear

I shot this with my Canon 5Ds and my 85mm 1.2 lens. We used a silver reflective V-Flat as the background and the custom ring light. Pretty simple!

Collaboration and Team

I think I had a pretty small, skeleton crew for this one. Just one photo assistant. No hair/makeup artists or wardrobe. It was low key, which is always nice.


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