While we were doing the "Studio 101" workshop the topic of different light modifiers came up a lot. So we decided to run a workshop based on that exact idea "Beauty dish vs Soft box". The concept was simple, we set up a large soft box 45degrees to the model and took a few photos. Once every one had taken a few photos we swapped the soft box for a white beauty dish, then a silver beauty dish and finally a silver beauty dish with a honey comb grid.
Caroline, A dress maker from here in the area modelled her fantastic hand made Tudor period dresses for us. Thanks for the fantastic work and amazing dresses.
After everyone had tried out all the different light formers and we had discussed the differences it was time to get down to some serious shooting. We set up the "Pseudo Light ring" again and spend the next hour or so getting some fantastic shots
As we didn't move the lights around much there isn't a lot in the way of lighting diagrams this time, due to the fact that we simply changed light modifiers so we could compare the differences.
And las but not least our behind the scenes video and a group shot.
At the request of a "Serbian Anarchist" I (Scott) organised a studio workshop for people that had never been in a studio before. The idea was to cover the complete basics and build up a few different lighting set ups 1 light at a time so that they could see the effect each light had on the image.
We spend the first 30 or 40 minutes talking about different light formers, triggers, soft light, hard light etc. Later, as we started to shoot we covered the position of the light in relation to the subject distance, size, brightness etc, as its easier to understand when you can actually see a few practical examples.
As each light set-up was built 1 light at a time you could see the difference that each strobe made as it was added to the image. This way it was easier to explain the roles of a Key light, Fill light, Hair light etc as the lighting became more and more complex. But sometimes I got the feeling that they wanted to maybe move along a little faster than I could set up the lights
We used a lot of different basic set ups with 1 or 2 strobes normally a Key and Fill light or Key and Hair light. theses all culminated in a more complicated light setup combining 3 or 4 monoblocks. And for a grand finale we built a very unique set-up, a "pseudo ring light" that we dubbed "Flower light" because the catch lights in our models eyes look a lot like a flowers.
A special thanks to our 2 models "Tiffie" and "Oxanna" for doing a wonderful job. All in all I had a very fun night and we had a lot of laughs, now for our world famous making of video...
...and a group shot.
This had to be one of the most fun "Friday night shoots" so far. The theme was "zombie shoot", also know as "Night of the Walking Dead". Lisa Futterer from "Atelier Hair Art & Design" spent hours creating some fantastic make up effects. This was also our first attempt at shooting with a smoke machine in confined spaces...
by Christian K.
by Markus Meier
by Laura Gube
Next time I think we will use a much smaller smoke machine . We also played around with a few colour gels, the idea was to throw a bit of colour into the smoke. It didn't quite colour the smoke as well as planned, but did create some great hair and rim lighting.
by Scott Lewis
We mixed and matched a few different lighting set-ups. I haven't shown the smoke machine in the diagrams but it was almost always off to the right, I think we will have to add a smoke machine to the list of studio equiptment in the near future (but not one that can fill an entire disco in 2.2 seconds ).
One of the most interesting lighting set-ups we use was the image you see here bottom left. It is a variation of clam lighting. The key light this case is a large soft-box set up high with a a vertical strip light set down low as fill. You shoot from between the soft-boxes to create a fantastic light. I have use this light set up a lot when out and about with shoot through umbrellas, but its also works fantastic in the studio. We also played around with my ring flash for a while... but more about that another day.
I hope everyone enjoyed the workshop. We have few more shoots with Lisa planed for later this year.