In june it became darker, but at the same time also very colorful. Día de los Muertos was scheduled for tonight. Day of the Dead is an important Mexican holiday to remember the dead. Lots of people make up and wear dresses like the skeleton lady La Catrina. This time we wanted a special background and so we build a 2,40m x 2,40m frame which we decorated.
The first setup consited of a rectangular softbox above the model on the right side and a reflector down left to lighten up the neck area. Face and hair decoration are are well iluminated and we get a nice reflection on the background.
On the second setup we replaced the softbox with a beauty dish and a backlight reflector with color filters on the background. The reflector on the background creates a glow around the model. To get more individual photos we changed the color filter for every model.
A big thanks to our models Bettina, Carla, Johann and Julia, which were the trigger for the shooting and a special thanks to Atilla from LifesonFILMS for a great video.
End of April it was time again for a Friday night workshop and so we meet the Band Die HeyDays in the Studio. There was a need for new group shots and the challenge was precisely set. The first setup was a group shot with the front man, Dennis in the foreground, blurry out of focus and the other 3 guys in the back full in focus. All this on front of a seamless white background, with a bright key light from the left. Who ever worked in a studio before will recognize the difficulty... so much light but even so a blurry foreground. You can find the final setup below.
The second setup should be the band infront of a normal scene. So no classic studio backdrop. Therefore we used Thorstens new back wall, wallpapered with damask for the first time. Our wooden studio floor and a row of old cinema armchairs finished the scene perfectly. As light we simply choose a single big octabox in front for the perfect light.
And again we all had a big blast this evening with a lot of good music, beer and a whole lot of fun on both sides. Die HeyDays did a great job and so it was a long night. Around 1 o'clock in the morning we shoot the last frame and after that it was time to clean the studio and review the evening. Many thanks to all participants and the models, as always it was a pleasure for us.
Like all band shootings its a case on finding a look that match the bands style and making sure every one has fun during the shoot. And to be honest with such a relaxed group of people thy made the job easy.
We had a variety of different lighting styles including lying the band on the floor in a star formation and covering them in their cables. We suspended a large octo-box with a 400ws Bowens Gemini mono-block on a large boom directly over them and we also shot from directly above them.
Other lighting included ring flashes and ring lighting, or building a large ring flash from strip lights. Basically all the lighting was very direct to give an even lighting over the whole band.
Recently, the LightGIANTS studio also has a darkroom as a photo lab. The purpose of the darkroom is primarily to create analog photographic prints. Since our dressing room had been separated only provisionally by cabinets and a curtain the new darkroom also doubles as dressing room. As a requirement the chamber should not appear as something disturbing in the corner, or even shrink the studio.
After a short planning phase and measuring the space we were off to the hardware store to get the appropriate materials: Wood, brackets, screws, a door, ... After 3 days, the chamber was already set up, the door was fitted light-tight and on the fourth day it was papered and painted. After that the hardware was installed - especially the enlarger, the ventilation system, the mirrors and the electrics - and the darkroom dressing room was ready for initial testing.
- Enlargement Kaiser System V VCP7002 with color head for formats up to 6x7cm
- Rowi PE paper dryer, width 30cm
- Jobo Color Processor with Jobo CPA Color Drum 4202 for prints up to 40x50cm
- Ventilation system by Papst
- Music in the darkroom ...
Short time lapse video:
Apocalipstick is simply a mixture of apocalypse and lipstick. The basic idea behind the shoot was to mix up a whole pile of genre based on women with weapons e.g. Kill bill, Tank-Girl, Serenity, Sucker-Punch etc. I wanted to keep the base lighting set-up simple and only change the effect lighting around the studio. So the whole shoot was done with 1 key light that stayed basically the whole shoot in one spot with a constant power output. Then we just adjusted colour gels and other lighting over the course of the night to create the desired look... there was blood. smoke. screams. blades of various sorts. Eyeballs falling out on the ground. flashes of light. guns. dangerous looking women.
It was another one of those late shoots. Towards the end of the night almost every one had been in-front of the camera in one way or another, especially our vidiographer Attila. He ended up in the several roles including terrorist and victim, thanks from putting in the extra effort to make it a great night for everyone.
Originally I wanted to do this shoot in an abandoned building or car wreckers yard, but unfortunately this time the situation didn't allow it so maybe we can do something similar next summer on location.
and finally Attila the vidiograhers making of video.