Here at PHOTOSHOOT Magazine we do like some behind-the-scenes images. Brian and his team did a great job capturing their ‘The Ice Queen’ photo-shoot (published in Issue 19), which can be viewed further down the article. The full article can also be viewed by our subscribers (FREE) see link here (to join)
Preparation, Planning and Inspiration:
Initially, the shoot was to be ‘a’ Marilyn Monroe. But just twenty-four hours beforehand, the model informed us that she would be doing a Marilyn shoot the following week. Whilst this didn’t affect me as photographer, it put pressure on the MUA to hurriedly come up with an alternative theme, plus prepare the wig and accessories for the shoot (I told you I have worked with some talented people). Helen Milles, my MUA, put an awful lot of effort into her creation in a very short time; such is her dedication and creativity. As it would be just head and shoulders shoot, focusing on the workmanship of the makeup artist and in the model’s own home, I elected to use a very simple lighting set-up of two speed lights left and right of camera, both firing into a blank wall reflecting the light back onto the subject. Due to the simplicity of the set-up and with the constraints of a very small room, I think I would approach the shoot in much the same way again.
I use a second-hand, Nikon D700 camera and it just works for me. It offers great imagery, considering it’s only 12 mega pixels but gives excellent low-light images when required and I am also able to push the ISO when necessary and still get satisfactory results. As I said earlier, the shoot was in the model’s living room and only head and shoulders; something I have perfected over the last year, so I used my Nikon 70-200mm lens. I love this lens and it never fails to produce excellent results. A few test shots at varying light levels from the flashes and a couple of adjustments to lens and camera settings, and I was good to go. I settled on a base ISO of 200, at between f7.1 and f5.6. Whilst the model was being prepared, I set up my reflector on a light stand, shiny side to camera, to give the illusion of an icy background. On reflection, I think that worked better than expected. I had seen silver foil used previously but I felt that would be too reflective and my well-used reflector was just right. I took many pre-shoot shots, using the available light in the room, most of which were very acceptable. That is why I only shot with lighting for approximately thirty minutes. A testament to the 70-20mm lens.
Make up Artist: Helen Miles https://www.facebook.com/WhimsicalSorceress/
Model: Shan Murray Email: firstname.lastname@example.org