Samantha Spade & The Crimson Kid

by Pino Pino February. 28, 2020 475 views

So I have been doing portrait shoots.

I know - I was adamantly against shooting portraits... but... ... ...

OKAY - they're fun!

I have a few event and a few marketing/portrait shoots on the schedule so I decided to hold a little impromptu shoot to work out a few details specific to them. Some of the materials/outfits have specific properties that I wanted to try different exposures with on seamless white to make sure details would not be lost and the such.

I setup a small pop-up studio in my front room...

The full shoots will have true seamless white (paper) and more space but for this run I just wanted a close scale approximation of the 'real' setup to make sure the setup would be quick... and effective...

Then I talked my wife and son into being models...

For this pop-up studio I used one white backdrop, three strobes, and one 47" octa (grid removed)...

I used two strobes with Fresnel heads to pour light on the backdrop to push it to white...

I effectively had it metered to one stop brighter than the light on my wife and son... so about f8 on the backdrop and about f5.6 on them... that way the backdrop would go solid white as it would be just a bit overexposed - but not too much as I didn't want the light to wrap around them and burn out the highlights in their hair and such...

I used the third strobe bare bulb in the octa - about a 45/45 angle to them...

The strobes are eVOLV (Godox) AD200 Pro units...

I shot with my Pentax K1Mii wearing my Pentax 70-200 2.8 - 160th, ISO100, f5.6... That killed the ambient and allowed the strobes to do their dance with the sensor without ambient interference...

So, here are two cell phone shots of my setup and the gear I used...

And then one of the shots from the resulting series...

The two 'naked' strobes are simply pushing light onto the backdrop... the Phottix 120 is then lighting the subjects - inverse square law keeping it from truly impacting the backdrop...

The two 'naked' strobes are simply pushing light onto the backdrop... the Phottix 120 is then lighting the subjects - inverse square law keeping it from truly impacting the backdrop...

I had the strobes divided into A and B - A being the bare strobes and B being the Octa... just easier to use my light meter to get the two distinct readings if I can test fire each group separately... once that was done I set the camera and started shooting...

I had the strobes divided into A and B - A being the bare strobes and B being the Octa... just easier to use my light meter to get the two distinct readings if I can test fire each group separately... once that was done I set the camera and started shooting...

And here is one of the shots - with a fun little title just to bring it all home... ;)

And here is one of the shots - with a fun little title just to bring it all home... ;)

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Buster Bruce 1 month ago

So cool- from a pro like you are!

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Pino Pino Replied to Buster Bruce 1 month ago

smile thanks!

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Benny Law 1 month ago

Fun project with good results, and your loved ones are involved. Can't ask for more. 😊

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Pino Pino Replied to Benny Law 1 month ago

Thanks! And you are absolutely right on the family involvement! smile

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