My third shoot this week was my first ever Fashion Fusion Workshop using just continuous light. No flash was used for any of these pictures, just daylight and the light from my various movie industry luminaires. Continuous light will continue on it’s way to become the dominant kit of choice for wedding and portrait photographers in the near future so here is my first dedicated workshop to get us under way.
1. Hello Boys. Remember the billboard adverts of the 90's? This shot reminds me of them with it's low angle viewpoint. Chloe looks fantastic in this baby Doll outfit by Lulu and Lush.
All the clothes were kindly supplied by Sam Merry of www.fairygothmother.com fame.
Hair and makeup was the work of Vicki Waghorn, our house stylist. Here are 25 of the 40 or so keepers from my set…
2. This dress from the prom collection was our first outfit and I lit this scene with a pair of Arri 300w fresnel spotlights. The mono post production look is from my Lovegrove Vintage actions collection available to Marko advanced delegates.
3. I love the opportunity to shoot Chloe in close up. Her classic bone structure and hair suit this vintage lighting look. All my shots were at ISO400 1/30th at f/4. If I had my 100mm Macro lens I would have shot at ISO 200 at f/2.8 instead. I used a monopod throughout the session.
4. This is the first of my pictures processed with my vintage colour action that is reminiscent of the Agfa slide film processed in C40 chemistry look of the 70s.
5. Maunsel is full of wonderful objects and mirrors. Sometimes it's hard to be selective. Lit with a pair of Arris and a Lowel. One 300w Arri from the right of the camera on Chloe, One 150w from the left of Chloe acting as an upstage key and a Lowel battery light illuminating the rim of the mirror in the foreground. Each light has a distinct purpose and requires careful positioning. Once you know what to do with the lights the process is straightforward as you can see exactly what you are getting. The lighting balance would never look like this with flash.
6. This is the natural colour balance to give you some idea of the tones and colours of our starting point.
7. Every dress was shot full length to meet the fashion brief and we then went in for close ups.
8. I love the opportunity to take arty farty pictures too. A pair of mirrors opposite each other in a room is a perfect invite to have some fun.
9. We had a two hour power cut in the middle of the day and this gave me the opportunity to test out the new 300w and 150w inverter battery power supplies that we are launching later this month. I used a battery powered Arri 300w and a battery powered Arri 150w to light Chloe in this shot plus a battery powered Lowel 100w light on the painting too.
10. Lighting as above. I love the interplay between the people in the painting and Chloe.
11. The background to this shot is a pair of bunches of flowers on pedestalls infront of a window and behind my Lastolite Scrim Jim. They don't make Scrim Jims any more but it is essentially a bit of fine white net stretched over a 6' x 4' frame. I bought mine in 1996 when I was lighting at the BBC and it has done me well over the years. The key light on Chloe is a Lowel 100W battery light. The white balance was set to 3400k.
12. Another shot taken in the power cut. The screen was lit with an Arri 150w plugged into my 150w inverter power supply and the Lowel 100w battery light. Window light was our key for Chloe. My white balance was set to 8000k
13. A close up under the same lighting conditions as above.
14. We them moved into the bar area at Maunsel while the power was off to pick up this simple shot lit with one Lowel battery light and a hint of daylight from a distant window that fell onto Chloe's legs.
15. This shot was lit with distant window light only and I wandered from my comfortable ISO 400 1/30th at f/4 right down to ISO 800, 1/25th at f/2.8 for this frame.
16. After lunch the power was back on and we went into the Boudoir for a few shots of Chloe in this baby doll outfit. I lit this with a 400w HMI Fresnel spotlight. It is a bit fierce so I doored it in and added a sheet of diffusion material to cut it back a bit. We are about to start supplying a new range of up to date HMI Fresnel spotlights with the electronics built into the lamp units. The power values that will be best for stills work will be the super efficient 150w and 250w versions. Both lamps will be daylight colour balanced and able to be run as battery lights too. More details to follow next week.
17. Here's a close up with the HMI being used as a Hollywood kick light.
18. This change of viewpoint puts emphasis on the dress. Lighting as above.
19. It was out of the boudoir and into one of the other 16 bedrooms at Maunsel. This shot is lit with just the window light. Sometimes the best lighting decision is to do nothing and go with what you have. ISO 400, 1/125th at f/4
20. A close up of the radiantly gorgeous Chloe with lighting provided by the window.
21. The wardrobe in the same room as shots the two shots above became my next background. Again we decided not to use any illumination at all bar the window light.
22. I took my HMI up into the attic to light this scene from Alice in Wonderland. I bounced the light off the top half of a pale cream door.
23. I had to use the copper bath for a couple of shots, it would have been rude not too. I lit Chloe with an Arri 150w light from over her right shoulder and the Lowel battery light became the key light. It's worth noting we used the Lowel light on full power for all the shots and as I never use the dimmer, I have managed to get an exclusive supply of the Lowel i light without a dimmer, at a saving of £50. This makes the most popular battery light even more affordable. There is a flood and spot facility and barn doors to cut the light output should you wish to do so or you can move the lamp back a bit if necessary too.
24. The same scene above shot from the Kings bedroom.
25. I snuck in this simple window lit shot on route to the bar. I was a grabbed frame but it's simplicity works for me.
There really is no end to the opportunities at Maunsel House. We chose to work in some of the darkest areas and always inside using continuous light. What you see is what you get with continuous light. That means you can forget about science and concentrate on creating art. The direction of light, it’s colour and how it integrates with the subject and surroundings are the most important factors. I showed how to use the barn doors effectively and how to set each lamp carefully to achieved the look we were after.
I’ve added another workshop date for this event, Monday 23rd August. We will be shooting Chloe again but with the dresses from another designer. Details of the new Fashion Fusion workshop are here. Places are limited to just 5 shooters so book early. We will be running a three day shooting event at Maunsel House in September (Just after the schools go back) with two of the countries finest art portrait shooters and myself . There will be dinner and evening talks too making this a truly fabulous learning experience. Email Blaise if you would like to be sent advanced information of this exclusive event.
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