Thursday, 8 April 2010

Shooting Patrik & Barbara

The basic concept of the shoot was to play around with and put my own personal spin on some of the great commercial work which I've seen posted up around town recently. I first came across Patrik on Model Mayhem and instantly knew he would be perfect for some of my shot idea’s. Originally we'd planned to use a different female model but due to personal reasons, she pulled out at the last minute so the pressure was really on for us to find a replacement, ready to shoot with less than 12 hours to go.

Patrik was great about it all though and using his connections with Time Models, we managed to find Barbara who was willing and ready at such short notice.
As well as working with the models individually, I worked with them together to try to capture their interaction with one another. As before I was using the Kacey Beauty Dish as Key which has become my go to light modifier for studio shoots with the 24” Ezybox as side lighting. I also had a large white reflector which really came in handy when trying to bounce some fill into the otherwise dark eye areas.

Other equipment I had at hand was a studio fan which we were using both to keep things cool and to add some drama to the shots. I also had a smoke machine handy but unfortunately didn’t find the right moment to put this into action this time around but for sure, it will be something I'll be using in the near future.

I didn’t have a light meter at hand, so shooting with the Canon 24-70 at f8 I simply metered my key by eye to what looked good to me. I controlled my side lighting by switching off my key light and simply firing off the side light to check exactly where it was hitting my subjects and how strongly. I cranked up the power a fair bit to try to add a little punch to the shots.

Technical problems remained at an all time low during the shoot but when anything did come up or begin to look a little funky, I tried my best to hide my nerves in front of the model's after seeing first hand that negative vibes can be very contagious during a shoot so it’s best to radiate with positivity even when things are not going so well.

Thanks again to everyone who helped out with the shoot , I would have been lost without you !!

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