Daniel Baker

My friend Daniel is a pretty awesome illustrator, the kind of illustrator that likes to draw axes & beards as well as beards & axes. At the end of last month I did a quick promo shoot for him in the attic of our favourite local independent coffee shop.

The attic, which is being used for storage of eighty-nine-thousand takeaway coffee cups, was very cramped but that made it all the more interesting to look at and challenging to shoot. I went with a single strobe here, mixing it with the available light coming in through a nearby window — it worked out pretty sweet.

Daniel Baker - Daniel Baker 1 Photographed by Rick Nunn
Daniel Baker - Daniel Baker 2 Photographed by Rick Nunn

The attic was tight. But we made it work. Dan of course drawing a beard…


Daniel Baker - Daniel-Baker-2up Photographed by Rick Nunn
Daniel Baker - Daniel Baker 7 Photographed by Rick Nunn

Lighting Diagram

Lighting Diagram for Daniel Baker


  • Camera: Canon 5D MkII
  • Lens: Canon 50mm F/1.4
  • Flashes: Canon 580ex
  • Accessories: 1 light stands, 1 light brackets, 1 Westcott Apollo & RF-602 Triggers

Camera Settings

  • Shutter Speed: 1/125th
  • Aperture: F/1.4
  • ISO: 160


  • Neb, from Australia

    2 years ago i saw ur page and was like ‘wowww’ now im shooting weddings, making great side money & loving it, will be starting a project 30 soon too, youre a world away bud but you’re work is an inspiration to others, plus ur beard is pretty mega man haha

  • Nice! I really do love working with natty light and one strobe.

    Composition wise, really nice, great use of layering.

    Kinda in love with the rear wall.

  • Ha thank you very much Neb. Glad to hear you’re doing well with photography, good luck with your project 30!

  • Thanks dude, it was hot mess!

  • Zay

    Great Photo! I really appreciate you adding the lighting Diagram and the exif info, it helps me better with my photography.


  • Banda Balcma

    Hi, the effect preset used in the project?

  • It’s the Rick Nunn effect

  • Dave Cox


  • *takes bow*