26 portraits of Rosalinde Kikstra shot on my recent workshops in Hamburg. Enjoy…
Model: Rosalinde Kikstra
Photographer: Damien Lovegrove
Camera: Fuji X-T1 with 14mm, 23mm, 35mm, 56mm lenses and ND filters as required
Lights: Cactus RF60 Speedlights, Cactus V6 trigger, Gemini bracket, 30cm Silver umbrella, Jupiter stand
No stylist, no makeup artist, no Photoshop. We just turned up and shot.
Location: HafenCity in Hamburg all shots were taken within a 400m radius of the start point
In set 2 above I concentrated on the design, lines, tone and subject separation. I used contrast, differential focus and tone to separate my subject from the background. Then I found the classic two point lighting that I love so much to sculpt Rosalinde. Cheek bones, jaw lines and neck muscles all get enhanced.
In the least likely of places we find a perfect place to shoot. The shots at the top of set 3 are in a hidden away courtyard with the most aggressive of top light. It was time to demonstrate a fashion lighting technique with directional soft light from a 30cm silver umbrella and a pair of Speedlights.
I lit the louvers on the corner this building with a pair of bare faced Cactus RF60 Speedlights and then brought Rosalinde into the shot. Nothing excites me more than working with crisp hard lighting. Look how healthy Rosalinde looks with her clean skin and beautiful cheek bone shadows. Managing the shadow details, especially in black clothing and then exposing the highlights correctly needs a system and a bit of care.
I love to work in the sun. I am careful to place Rosalinde so that her cheek bones and crisp jaw line are championed by shadows. It’s often the case that it’s not where the light falls that makes photographs interesting it’s where it doesn’t go.
Hamburg is in the middle of a building boom. One current theme in the architecture of new Hamburg is the lack of plumb in the buildings. Every wall that is not vertical is hip or so it seems. This trend will date the buildings and that’s never a bad thing. I’m a fan of the 1930s Art Deco. However in an isolated case this could be considered a novel departure from the rules but when repeated often it becomes a bit tedious. It’s a classic case of the law of diminishing returns. My interpretation of the law is the second Mars bar never tastes quite as good as the first and the third less so and so on. Having said this, Hamburg architecture is a wonderful mix of the restored, rebuilt, bold and new commissions. Some of them famously over budget.
For the last shot of the day I taught the group how to shoot with mirrorless cameras wide open on a telephoto lens with flash. This technique is now my standard method and I use it everywhere. After the workshop I met up with fellow Origami Collective and official Fujifilm X photographer Marco Larousse for a beer and a natter. He is one photographer I’d love to spend some time with. What a fab guy. We’ll make it happen.
Feel free to comment on these pictures below. Oh, and how much ND did I use for the shot in set 10 on the left?