My last studio shoot as a student! I thought the best way to deal with this was to utilise every piece of equipment I could possibly squeeze into a bay…
So I did.
Enter 4 x Bron monos, 1 x Schoro pack, 1 x flash head, 1 x beauty dish, 2 x umbrellas, 2 x grids, 3 x spillkills, 1 x ring flash, 1 x boom, 2 x floor stand, 4 x regular stands, and a pile of extension cords.
This is what that looks like…
Today I was shooting my final bit of folio (leaving it very late..??) for my Anime series. I had the lovely Yucheng, who had flown in from China a few days earlier, and was willing to fight potential jetlag to pose for me.
Yucheng was dressed as Suzaku from the Sunrise anime series Code Geass- admittedly I had never heard of this before, but his cosplay was awesome! I really only needed two shots from the shoot; a simple headshot/portrait and an action shot to drop into a composite image I’ve been working on.
I started out with a lighting set up that was supposed to imitate Jill Greenberg’s signature style, but the ring flash didn’t fit on my camera (it had a 35mm mount), so had to be floor mounted. So I quickly got bored of that and ‘freestyled’ (read: fluked and pretended like I knew what I was doing) the rest of the shoot’s lighting.
Adjusting the outputs of each light brought me to this, which I thought looked quite dramatic.
The shoot went quite quickly and smoothly, and Yucheng was a very patient model. He was also excellent at jumping and pulling amazing action poses, which looked really impressive.
The only downside was when my laptop almost got smashed to smithereens, when one of the studio hands took a light off the boom and forgot there was a sandbag on the other end. It crashed to the floor about 1 meter from my macbook. I almost died.
I’ll post some of the final composite images up here soon. Going to be glued to the screen for the next few days editing. My brain hurts already!