When we were planning the Friday night shoot for October Marco suggested a handball team that he knows would love some pics. Great but like always we don't just want to stand a few guys in front of the flash and call it a work shop... There has to be something special and a challenge to make it worth everyone's time. The concept was to get great portraitures where it was hard to hit the exact focus point. Either through a very narrow depth of field of though jumping movement of the team.
The first lighting set up we were shooting between f1.4 and 2.8 depending on what lenses the shooters had with them. If some one didn't have a fast prime lens then they could shoot at a higher ISO and f2.8. This kept the narrow d.o.f and we didn't have to change any light set-ups to match the shooters lenses.
The second part of the night was spent doing quick succession of jump shots, rapid fire, quick timing and with a lot more light. Here the challenge was to get the timing and the focus right as the guys and girls did typical hand ball jumps shots. Keeping the framing and composition usable in a confined space isn't the easiest thing to do.
The original idea behind the 21st lightGIANTS Friday night shoot was to shoot in the style of "Belle Époque" for a CD cover. Unfortunately it wasn't possible to get the historical clothing so after a meeting with the singers we decided to shoot a few different set ups starting with a high key shoot and at least 1 more dramatic style of lighting. As always we started at around 19:30 and shot both individual and group portraits.
After the high key part of the evening was finished we moved on the a more dramatic style. We changed from soft to hard light, and a fire red background, that was enhanced with the use of a red gel on the background lighting. First off we shot each member of the trio individually just to get things going and to get to know each of them individually a bit better. Once the ice was broken we shot the first group photos.
Some how the night few by and went quite late. Although we didn't have more models or complicated lighting we only got through 2 lighting set-ups.
and finally a bit thanks to Atilla Lifeson for his making of video.....
After our super hot summer shooting we invited some friends to shoot with expired film on the "Bierbörse Karlsruhe". There has been enough film for everybody. Here you can find the impressing results of all shooters:
Aurora.Luna (Revueflex SC2)
Jana Deichsel (Canon EOS 1000 FN, 50mm f2)
Jörg Zablonski (Nikon FG-20)
Lennart Jütte (Kodak Retina IV)
Markus Wochele (Canon)
Marco Spalluto (Leica M6, Summicron 50mm f2, Lomo Blitz)
Wookeeh (Hasselblad 500c)
way way way back in July we shot the band Cookielicious as part of our Friday night shoot project. Cookielicious are a young cover band from Karlsruhe Germany,with a passion for music and relaxed atmosphere we turned up the sound system a rocked the photo shoot all night. As part of their stage costumes the bought along their own Morphsuits! .....
Unfortunately the middle of hot summer in a photo-studio with lots of large strobes, 14 people and full body Morphsuits isn't the most comfortable situation to be in. But evey one was having a great time that the shoot went well into the next day. To be honest I think it was the first shoot when we wen through several cases of water instead of several cases of beer
Back by popular demand the "World famous in Karlsruhe" making of video.....
It is a hot summer in Karlsruhe. As an alternative to our friday-night shootings we offer 10 blog readers something special:
We give ten lightGIANTS-blog readers the expired films. We looking forward to your results.
We meet on Friday at 7 pm at the Karlsruher Bierbörse. There we give you one of the films. If you want you can start or have a drink with us there.
We will show the best results on this blog.
If you want to join this Workshop, please make a comment on this post and tell us why you want to be a part of this. If you can pick up your film in Karlsruhe you can take part.