Charlie Munro | Lighting Diagram

Hi people, I get asked a lot about my lighting setup's for my skateboarding photography so I thought I'd draw a little diagram for ya to see what going on outside the frame! Here's the Photo I'm going to talk about

Charlie Munro - 180 fakie 5-0 180 Lee Kirby Photography

Charlie Munro - 180 fakie 5-0 180 Lee Kirby Photography

It was super sunny on this day, so over powering the afternoon sun wasn't going to happen without very strong studio flash. Being out skating with the Milk Skateboards crew quite a bit we visit lots of different spots during the day so kit has got to be light! I normally just have my camera, 85mm 1.2 & 24-70mm 2.8, and my 2 Canon Flash guns with me. Trying to keep up skating from place to place with studio heads and battery packs doesn't work trust me. This is one of my favourite shots I've taken this year, it doesn't always have to be a massive handrail or stair set to get excited about skateboarding photography.

Take a look at my lighting diagram for the specifics and we'll go from there....

Notice that I was shooting with flash and with a shutter of 1/6400s??? This is where the Pocket Wizard set up comes into play. The Pocket Wizard trigger and receivers allow your camera to sync flash at any speed, this is great for skateboarding photography because you're going to get best results with your shutter above 1/1000s but without Pocket Wizards you will get the BLACK BAR treatment!! Not nice.... God knows how these things work but they do, they're quite expensive but hire some out and have a play and you'll start saving for them I promise. They have pushed my photography style to a new level and wouldn't know what to do without them now. 

I had both flashes on the same side on full power to match what the sun was metering at with these settings, I never bother trying to overpower the sun during the day. I use it as my guide then just fill in the shadows with the speedlites and push in some rim lighting and I'm done. 

If you guys have any questions please feel free to ask me at

Hope this helped, Youtube is pretty weak on this subject still.

And yes I did draw the diagram, it's been a slow day today....


New Re-touch work for Red Hot published for GQ Magazine Online

Over the past few months I've been lucky enough to work alongside the amazingly talented Photographer Thomas Knights on various exciting projects including his hugely successful personal project RED HOT. With the new year comes a new project, Girls are taking over the Red Hot project! Check out the first round of shooting for the 2016 anti bullying calender and some of my re-touching work on GQ here and learn more about the project. 

If you want to support the Kickstarter and help make the RED HOT GIRLS 2016 Calendar a reality, pledge now! We need your help!   

The Quarterly #4 Journeys

It's been a while since my last post, been busy doing nothing to be honest... A few months back I headed out to Brussels to shoot a nice little story for The Quarterly #4 which should be available very soon. Here's a sneaky peak to what I got up to with the guys from Le Bryyh. Pre orders of issue #4 are ready to buy here -
Looking forward to sharing the rest of the editorial and the beautiful story that supports my images by Ralph Lloyd-Davis...

Nikcos Malaka Wallride by Lee Kirby

Something's Brewing....

Started work on something a little bit special last night with Flyotw and a whole bunch a talented musicians.... Keep an eye out over at Flyotw to see what we're getting up to

Toby Nelms by Lee Kirby

A Weekend at Headley Grange

This weekend was an experience that will take a while to forget. Teaming up with Filmmaker Chris Turner I had the opportunity to shoot at Headley Grange, a special place in the history of music and where Jimmy Page and Robert Plant wrote 'Stairway to Heaven' in the early 70's. We had the pleasure of spending a whole day shooting Chad Smith Red Hot Chilli Peppers smash up the drums whilst recording. Super excited with this project and can't wait to share the film Chris and I shot soon. Oh and theirs a few more musicians we shot but can't spill just yet.....   

Chad Smith by Lee Kirby

Chad Smith & The Stairway to Heaven by Lee Kirby

Daniel Yuste Article for

Sitting in a quaint cafe in Shoreditch, I caught up with Daniel Yuste to chat about his world of Design in Menswear and his unorthodox but fascinating approach to researching an idea for a collection. (Words Lee Kirby)


Read the article here

Insectivore Look Book Photography by Yann Faucher

Insectivore Look Book Photography by Yann Faucher

Ben Hopper Portrait

Took some time out of the office today and headed over to Ben Hopper's studio for a chat and some portraits. I've been looking back to my series 'Pro-ject' recently to figure out where to take it? Experimenting with long exposures is always fun..... Not sure what this image is saying but it's a good start.  

Ben Hopper by Lee Kirby

Sunday Milk

Hanging with some old friends yesterday shredding some rather important places on the skate map. Currently filming for Milk Skateboards new video Jasper Pegg and James Fuller are still killing it! oh yeah and came away a few photos for the archive too..... 

Left: Jasper Pegg - Switch Boardslide to Nosegrind.

Right: Jasper Pegg - Switch Blunt Revert

Left: James Fuller - Blunt Frontside

Right: Jasper Pegg - Wallie Backlip