Last week, after my Antwerp seminars and a 1:1 Hollywood lighting session, I traveled to Ostend for a fun creative shoot with friends. I always learn a lot from these guys and I often end up with a shopping list for new kit too ;)
01. Rosalinde is lit with an Elinchrom Quadra ELB with a 130cm x 25cm Rotalux striplight softbox. I love the shaping options working with a stiplight gives me.
02. The Quadra with it’s diffused plastic cover on the standard reflector is a perfect light source for landscape work. I was a bit extreme here opting for full power. The sky was a bright featureless grey during this mid afternoon shoot.
03. The behind the scenes shot showing my friend and fellow Fuji X photographer Ioannis Tsouloulis holding my flash head on a stand in boom mode. Don’t try this with a flash unit that has a built in Li-Ion battery. There is very good reason decent location flash units have a separate power pack and this is one of them. It’s always preferable to rig location lights on stands so that there is a low centre of gravity. The stands can be lighter weight, rigged higher and require less sand bagging.
04. Tom Museeuw showed us all how he feathers light using reflectors for various beauty shots including this tight head shot of Rosalinde wearing a wide brimmed hat. Without the reflectors Rosalinde’s face was in deep shade.
05. Here is the complete gang lit with the Quadra. We retired to a hotel bar and restaurant for dinner and a bit of a beer tasting session. Left to right: Damien Lovegrove, Rosalinde Kikstra, Ioannis Tsouloulis, Tessie Callens, Lieven Hoste, Tom Museeuw, Paul Keur, Piet Van de Eynde and Isabel Corthier Mc GregCor.
Lieven Hoste produced this epic behind the scenes movie in the form of a blockbuster trailer. Lots of fun and talent on show. In a few weeks time it is my turn to host a creative shoot fest in Bristol. I can’t wait!