This is quite different for me. I’m a studio shooter and rarely leave that comfort zone. Then the other day I was called in to do a lifestyle shoot in a classy apartment available for the occasion. I grabbed what I though I would need - which wasn’t what I needed at all - and headed off not knowing what to expect. I worked with another local shooter with a radically different style. I was wondering how our photos would combine as we had a “shot list” to fulfill and our lighting/shooting style is soooo different. Patrick lit the model and went for an edgy look while I opted to light the room to get a documentary look. He shot in the living area while I concentrated on shooting “a day in the dorm” in the adjacent bedroom.
The colours were nice and neutral so I bounced light off the walls with a PLM behind to create the window light effect seen here. A beauty dish added some front fill. Two lights total.
A big thanks to Ivan Sutton for letting me be a part of this and seeing what it’s like to do this kind of location work. This will be handy experience if I ever try my hand at real estate photography or something for resort/hotel promotion etc….
Brooke is a fitness buff and a lifter. Just look at those arms!
She wants to get a foot in the door as a fashion model and gave me a call. We decided on a fashion style shoot with a two light setup. I used a high gridded beauty dish camera left and a large bookend 8’ x 8’ camera right. This turned the black seamless a nice grey. The lens is a 135L Prime set at f5.6
Keep an eye out for more of her. I get the feeling she’ll rise to the top.
My buddy Kevin dropped in to try on his new blazer and get some pictures taken. I tried a new lighting approach. I shot at a shallower depth of field to blur out the background better and lit the room rather than lighting him. This is essentially a two light system using Alien Bees with beauty dishes.
One dish lit the white ceiling above Kevin slightly to the left and the other dish lit a white bookend (4’ x 8’ sheet of corrugated plastic). This was placed standing lengthwise on the floor in front right. My walls are yellowish so I did this to avoid a colour cast.
The result was this wrap around lighting that appears to come from larger light sources.
The lens is my 135L Prime at f5.6
We took some campaign photos for brochures and banners and then we played around. That’s where Kevin got to try out free form poses like this one. I think he looks like a well dressed gangster with that expression. For a guy just getting used to being in front of a camera I think he did awesome as a male fashion model. He definitely has the “Look”.
Blondy is one of those rare models who can walk on a set and own it. It’s such a treat when you come across a model who knows her poses, can emote very well and knows how to work in sync with the photographer and director. She’ll be featured in an upcoming ezine called “Unleashed” - that’s all I’m going to say.
The shoot was a fashion shoot for The Habit and done in colour. I post processed this one in B&W to get the most of the uplighting.