Two years ago I was commissioned to shoot a ‘Day In The Life’ project at BBC Bristol centre where I worked for 14 years from 1984 until 1998. I shot the complete project on my Fuji X-Pro1 with the 18mm, 35mm and 60mm lenses. Last month I was back but this time I had the Fuji X-T1 with 14mm, 23mm, 35mm and 56mm lenses. I was asked to shoot formal and informal behind the scenes shots capturing the goings on in the newsroom, out on location and of course back in the studio. The project took several days in total but here are a few shots from my studio series.
The X-T1 delivered so much more for me this time around because of the tilting screen. This feature alone made capturing shots like the ones above a doodle where before it would have been more guess work with a bit of trial and error.
The brief was loose but the needs of the end users were very specific. I was working for the PR and the social media departments. The PR department need shots for presenter cards, BBC iPlayer graphics, framed portraits in the reception and corridor areas of the buildings and for event posters. The social media team look after the Facebook and Twitter content feed and they needed shots that can be sliced into header graphics etc.
I shot each of the presenters in turn capturing both portrait and landscape aspect photographs from a variety of angles.
I worked between transmissions so I asked my assistant Suzi to stand in as an ‘extra’ operating a camera to make it look like we might be on air.
The graphic panels in the set are created with back projection and as theses projectors use DLP technology there was colour shifting when I shot above 1/60th second. The colour shifting will get sorted at the print stage. What I have here are selected jpegs for illustration purposes prior to final polishing are and are not ‘official release’.
The light level in the BBC Bristol studio when I started in 1984 was 1200 lux for the Link 110 tube cameras. The lighting rig then was a selection of 5kw and 2.5kw fixtures for the key lights and 1kw pups for the back lights. The light level in the studio today is about 400 lux and this is more than enough for the latest generation of HD broadcast cameras. This level can easily be achieved with modern LED Fresnel spotlights from companies like Lupolux and Arri. My camera settings for this set of shots were in the region of ISO 1600, f/2 at 1/60th second.
At least we had an authentic weather map to work with :) My thanks go to the whole team for making me feel welcomed home.
Please feel free to post comments or questions on the shoot, lighting or camera kit below.