The into the light workshop is a day of contrasts. I teach the delegates interior boudoir and beauty portraits using continuous light while Martin Hill teaches exterior bridal and fashion portraits using flash. Both groups of delegates shoot all the set ups to ensure they learn a great mix of systems and techniques.
01. Chloe Tweedie was my fabulous model for this workshop. I lit this scene with a Lupo 800 spotlight to simulate the sun.
Working with the Lupo was simple and effective as we could all shoot together from different angles and we could see what we were getting all the time. I shot with my Fuji X100 in aperture priority mode and my Canon 5D mk 2 in Manual. This kind of mix and match keeps my brain active. The low key shots taken in the afternoon challenged the ideas and shooting methods the most. Take a look at a few of my frames
02. To keep everyone happy I've included some monochrome and colour pictures in this set. I try to minimise the colours in my scene and the clothing to keep the gamut small. My preference is monochrome for this kind of shoot.
Make up was by Vicki Waghorn. I can’t begin to stress how important Vicki is on my team. She is a good friend to the models, a great make up and hair artist and keeps a check on me too.
07. A switch of light and shooting position covered all the bases and eventualities of lighting a bed scene with one Lupolux 800.
08. A top shot taken on the X100.
11. A beauty shot taken into the light.
14. I got to light this scene with the new Lupolux Quad soft light. It is a very versatile rigid soft light. There is no soft box to assemble it is just plug and play.
15. By shooting into the light and being careful with the exposure some subtle shadow tones can start to become interesting.
17. Shot using natural light. It's all about controlling the light and creating a mood.
21. We even had a cheek triangle moment.
25. I then brought out my in camera softening device and gave the delegates the chance to give it a go. It stems from the time before Photoshop when what I shot in camera is what made it onto the transparency. I still like to use this home-made device today some 25 years after I made it. It is perfect for ballet shoots. I used the new Lupolux Quad to light the gorgeous Chloe.
26. Negative space delivers isolation. My magic water reflector and the Lupolux 1200 light was put to good use in the adjacent bedroom.
29. I love smouldering looks in the shadows. Just enough detail to deliver a great print and an interesting shadow too.
30. Here it is in colour. The point of light is from a distant Lupolux Quad brought into play to control shadow contrast.
31. I used a Lupolux 1200 and my Venetian blind to light this sequence.
These shots represent just one half of the one day workshop. Martin’s shots will get blogged soon. I’m excited to see how he got on. We had a great buzz at Kingscotte house and we’d love you to join us on the next ‘Into The Light‘ workshop. You will find a cheeky 11 minute video of me here using a Lupolux light to light a bed scene with the amazing Stina Sanders.
Please feel free to comment on these pictures or discuss the day if you were lucky enough to have been there.