New Pictures and Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes: The Magician / Illusionist

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: May 13, 2013

Category: General

Hey Folks,

Hope you had a great weekend.

I thought I’d kick the week off showing you a couple of pictures from the Magician promo photo shoot I mentioned last week PLUS show a little of the studio set up.

First off though, I just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who sent emails, texts and messaged on Facebook, Google+ sending messages of Congratulations to Anne and myself on our 14th Wedding Anniversary yesterday; you made a very special day even more so.

So, the Magician Photo Shoot…

On the day in the studio we worked on four different looks; namely portrait, levitation, card throwing and escapology.

I was really looking forward to the shoot as I’ve always been fascinated by Magic so even when it came to the shoot I kept out of the studio and stayed in the office whilst Michael set everything up.

I tell you, even when I came out to photograph the Levitation trick I was still like…”How the?!?!”  Of course now I’m kind of aware how it’s done but am sworn to secrecy 🙂

As for the lighting you can see in this short video that I used 3 lights but this time having the strip lights to the side positioned high up and angled down and there were a couple of reasons for this:

  1. Michael’s arms were going to be outstretched and it prevented his hands becoming hot or overexposed ands also meant his arms would be lit evenly.
  2. As Michael was wearing a shirt with high collars, having the lights high up and angled down prevented that hard shadow going across his neck.

Because this was a promotional photo for Michael Otton, we also shot some images for simple a simple portrait like the one below.

As for the lighting it was pretty much the same as for the levitation shot above all except for the strip lights weren’t high and angled down but rather in the normal position either side and behind Michael and pointing towards each other (i.e. vertical)

I’m just finishing off the card throwing and escapology images but to give you an idea of the starting point here’s the out of camera shot of card throwing and also a work in progress of the escapology; I’ll be sure to post the final versions later this week.

Right that’s all from me for today so as always if you have any questions or comments then please feel free to make use of the comments section below.

Have a great day and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.

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