Today set 2 from the Beltcraft studios workshops in London.
Model / styling : Nadine.
In this stage you see an Elinchrom Quadra with maxi light on Nadine, two constant lights in the back and to mimic the edge light coming from the constant lights I used an Elinchrom Ranger RX speed with a reflector and grid aimed at Nadine (the constant lights themselves didn’t register on the dress). The background I also wanted to light but I was out of strobes….. (well never thought I was needing four and we had to travel light) so I used a constant light for the background also (a strip) placed very close to the background and that just gave enough light to make the background stand out a bit more around the letters.
As you can see in the shot above I also added a little rocking horse to add a bit more to the scene….. it looks nice here, but actually the rocking horse was placed there for the next shots.
Here I removed the grid from the backlight and let it shine a bit in the lens creating some lens flare and by removing the grid it also created a flood of light on the floor which I really like IF the horse was in the picture, as soon as we removed the horse it was “missing something”.
And finally I switched from a standard lens to a more wide angle lens to create something more “surreal”.
All retouching was done in DxO optics 9, tinting by DxO filmpack and the extra pop was done with Topaz Clarity.
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