I shot this collection of pictures of top model Riona Neve on my Urbex workshop in Charleroi, Belgium, May 2018. This was a technical session covering all aspects of shot design, lighting set up and exposure balancing. I still like to get striking finished images from these events and Riona was an absolute star helping me make that happen.
Photography: Damien Lovegrove
Model: Riona Neve
Camera: Fujifilm GFX50s with 32-64mm, 110mm and 250mm lenses
Lighting: Godox AD600 or AD200 with a selection of modifiers
Styling and make up: Riona Neve
Post production: Damien Lovegrove using minimal adjustments in Lightroom
Shoot assistant: Len Martin
Our session started at a bakery where the team made us custom packed lunches before we moved onto location together. I’d scouted the location the day before making note of hazards and access issues etc.
01. A puff of smoke from my battery powered machine and a splash of flash from an AD200 with a softbox was all we needed in this dive of a place to bring it to life as a set for Riona.
02. I placed a home made CTO (orange) gel on my AD600 bulb and then attached a 70cm softbox to add the warm glow to Riona.
03. The Godox AD600 head was on a boom arm counterbalanced with the pack for this long distance shot taken with the GF 250mm on the GFX50s.
4. A simple 18cm reflector is all I used on the AD600 for these shots of Riona.
5. The AD200 used as a kick light from the right gives this shot another dimension.
06. One simple Godox AD200 was perfect for this shot. The long viewpoint adds some useful depth to the shot.
08. I used the 70cm softbox to light Riona here. I must say I prefer a harder light source most of the time. The 70cm is as soft as I’d go.
09. This almost ghostly shot was lit with a pair of flashes. An AD600 with a 18cm reflector from the left and the same from the right.
10. I finished the day with a simple two light set up using a pair of striplight softboxes with the AD600 units.
11. A closer shot of the same set up taken with the GF110mm lens.
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