The Expendables 3 Promo Posters Feature Pointless Studio Lights that Do Nothing


Okay, it’s probably safe to say that ONLY photography nerds and photo websites will notice this, but for those of us who fit into those two categories the posters below sit somewhere between amusing and annoying.

You see, the Expendables 3 promo posters revealed recently feature studio lights in the frame because, well, they give the photos a certain ‘star studded’ feel. The problem is, the lights are frequently pointless and sometimes look like they’re lighting up something that is actually in shadow.

These issues were first pointed out by the folks at Fstoppers, and like them, we’re cool with putting lights in the frame if there’s a certain look you’re going for — in fact we like the work in general and think the shots turned out well. But some of the lights do look a bit pointless don’t you think?











Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

(via Fstoppers)

  • Mike

    Next time we will hear of pointless studio lights inserted using photoshop, and there will be outrage.

  • Spider- Man

    I think they are doing exactly as planned, you wrote a whole post on them, so did Fstoppers (first I might add). It is stupid, and pointless but now the word is spread to a site that may not have even mentioned the new movie until it was released, advantage Expendables marketing dept…

  • Mr Hogwallop

    I bet those guns aren’t real either. Kelsey Grammer is in a movie!?!

  • MMielech

    Seems appropriate, considering it’s a pointless movie.

    Kelsey Grammar? How low can you go?

  • Eugene Chok

    rhonda rousey !

  • Banan Tarr

    File this one into the “Who freaking cares?” dept.

  • Mark

    We refer to those as “props”

  • Burnin Biomass

    I’m more concerned about Sly’s protruding veins. Jeebus!

  • mary

    I am more annoyed that there is a third Expendables movie.

  • Sky

    Petapixel refers to these as an “opportunity to hate on something”.

  • Guilherme Costa

    …man…. I still canĀ“t believe that a guy almost got hit by a meteor.

  • Brad Trent

    At least MY pointless studio lights are LIGHTING something!!!

  • Matt

    Do NOT ask that question…

  • Gym rat

    You mirin brah

  • S

    Imagine the answering message Mel Gibson left in outrage over this!

  • David Liang

    Judoka? Very likely. Grappler? No.

  • troglodyte

    The lights were . . . expendable.

  • John

    Yeah, write an article about it.. /sarcasm

  • KTX

    Well, all we as photographers ever talk about is what makes a picture, what to include in our composition and what to exclude. If the photographer wants to convey to the viewer that these are “studio photographs” he needs to make it look like so.
    I don’t know what the big deal here is anyway. These props are always in the upper corners and frame the subjects pretty good. It draws more attention to them and shows you undoubtly that they were photographed in a studio. We all know it wouldn’t be so clear for many people if the photographer left those lights and modifiers out.
    So they are NOT pointless if you ask me. Sure they don’t serve their intented purpose of lighting things but in these photos they have a new purpose to fulfill.
    So why you hatin’ man?

  • KewlDewd

    You know what I find annoying? That fact that I have to wade through stupid crap like this find good posts on PetaPixel.

  • Joey Duncan

    This is a dumb comment. It’s like when people say “Well that’s what the terrorist want you to think” when referring to terrorist winning in some unrelated way. I really doubt the marketing department was standing around thinking “hmmm gee how can we trick people this time into posting our photos to promote this film” no, so set designer or photographer was creating the prerelease shots like they do with every big movie and they decided to use extra lighting equipment. They aren’t going to post pics of an empty surrounding they always throw something else in.