Last week I was at the Imperial College, London taking photographs of a Dr Patrick Naylor: Director of Postgraduate Studies at the College specialising in ‘sound’.
When we first met up to discuss the ‘shoot’ Dr Naylor did begin to explain some of the equipment that he uses to me but he must have noticed the glazed “you’ve lost me” expression that enveloped my face; still, I did ask more about the iPhone prototype he’s working on that has six speakers built into it…nice!
Having worked on the ‘must have’ corporate shots and got them ‘in the bag’ we then worked on a few fun ideas that we’d had over coffee, such as working at the laptop and one that included a composition/montage of several ‘Dr Naylor’s’ in the main lecture room:
Disclaimer: Any resemblance of Dr Naylor’s poses to those of actual students is purely coincidental…honest
For the ‘laptop’ shot I put 2 pieces of white A4 paper over the computer screen and fired a single Nikon SB800 which was hidden out of sight onto it; this mimicked the light which would come off the computer screen. Another SB800 was placed camera left on it’s lowest power setting and aimed at the back of the computer to light it up otherwise it was too dark and just blended into the black background.
The lecture room composition was put together by fixing the camera in position on a tripod and then photographing Dr Naylor in several different positions. Dr Naylor was lit by a single bare Nikon SB800 which was moved around for each shot being careful to keep it the same distance away each time. Ending up with about 7 photographs they were then blended together in Photoshop using Layer Masks.