Anna | Chicago Fashion Photography

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What  a way to kick off new 2012 year, right? Great model, gorgeous location and a backdrop, great makeup artist and assistants, what else do you need to have successful photoshoot:)We shot again in Pandora Studios with Jeremy (thanks dude!), this time beautiful model Anna. Kamila did the makeup and Anna’s husband was super helpful in selecting outfits and carrying the equipment around. We wanted natural, clean look that plays well with the new backdrop that I got from Drop It Modern. This is, I think the 4th backdrop that I bought from Drop It Modern, so I knew that I could only expect high quality and outstanding product, but this one – spangled backdrop – is by far my favorite backdrop (until you guys release something new:)). Enjoy the pictures, and if you want to know a bit more how I lit them, description is couple of pictures below…

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Here is a little about the light setup. I knew that this gorgeous backdrop from Drop It Modern will be super reflective and sparky, and at the same time easy to light. For the main light I used (1.) Elinchrom Quadra RX with 39″ Deep Octa, and thanks to that I got a some of a background light, but because Deep Octa was camera right I was getting light on the left side of the background, not so much on the right side. To fix it, I setup (2.) background light – Canon 580 EX II zoomed to 70mm. I also wanted to have some fill light and wanted it to be warm – that’s why I threw (3.) Lastolite 30″ Gold Reflector into the setup, slightly warming up Anna and also bouncing some light back to the backrop. I like the end result, it came up pretty much what I’ve envisioned, not so regular lit backdrop, but very even and soft light on the subject.

For triggering I used Pocket Wizards II. For color management – X-rite Color Passport.

Yes, I shot film here too – Mamiya 645AFD on Kodak Portra 400, the first picture is a scan from neg, rest of them are digital. I’d have to say – it looks pretty color consistent to me, but for some reason I like the look and feel of film (yes, still:)).








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Then we went outside the studio, took ABR800 Ring Flash. I’m sure you can easily figure it out the position of it, thanks to the shadows, but here it is anyways: left picture – shot right thru the ring flash, the right one – ring flash moved to the right side of the camera.

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Ringflash for two pictures on the sides (centered), Quadra RX + Deep Octa for the “Obama in the background” picture (shot with Mamiya+Kodak Portra 400 film)

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Ring Flash all the way here – it gives awesome look with that kind of backgrounds and outfit:)

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Quadra RX Deep Octa here, above the subject camera left. Middle picture taken with Mamiya 645AFD+Kodak Portra 400.

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Then we came back to the studio, to shoot more backdrop stuff. Same setup as in the first couple of pictures.

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I’m very excited that few weeks from now (hopefully), we will have spring in great city of Chicago, I’ve so many ideas for shooting outdoors. It’s gonna be epic!
Also, not that all the buzz about Digital Medium Format makes me wanna buy it – I’ve been thinking (and saving) about it for months, but now, I’m thinking of renting real Medium Format camera for a weekend with friends, and giving it a test drive, IF at all, making the big jump… :]

 

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