I had the great pleasure recently of working with talented Singer, Chanel Fusco…
This was to be the second time we’d worked together on promotional material and as was the case before with the first shoot [Link] we were again in the studio however this time going for a completely different look and feel to the images.
Chanel was an absolute delight to work with; confident, lots of laughs and above all completely relaxed in front of the camera making for a great shoot for all involved…
This confidence in front of the camera and being relaxed in a studio environment, I can’t help but think is not just down to being Chanel’s second photo shoot with me but largely down to the ‘Photographer & Client’ relationship that we’ve built up over time. I’m a big believer in the importance of building a good relationship & turning clients into friends if you’re to get the most out of the shoot because no matter what kit you have and how technically perfect you are, if you and your client don’t ‘click’ (pardon the pun) then it’s going to show through in the final images.
It’s normal practice for me to meet up at least a couple of times with a client for coffee and a chat before the day of the shoot. This time is so important to me for not only gaining a clearer understanding of the purposes of the shoot and the look that the client is after but also because it’s during this time that the friendship develops; and with friendship come feelings of trust, confidence and being relaxed.
We decided for this shoot, rather than ‘spin too many plates’ and try to squeeze in a whole multitude of set ups and looks, we’d concentrate on one lighting set up with just a couple of wardrobe changes…Chanel not me 🙂
Here’s a BTS (Behind the Scenes) shot of the lighting which consisted of two Profoto 1000’s in strip boxes for rim lighting and the main key light being another Profoto 1000 in a Beauty Dish and fitted with a Honeycomb Grid [Link]
For the close up head shot of Chanel, lighting was kept exactly the same all except for bringing a Silver Lastolite Tri Grip Reflector into the mix, held just out of frame at chest height.
As is always the case when I’m working in the studio I’m shooting tethered into Lightroom 3 on my Apple MacBook Pro; a system that works faultlessly 99% of the time. Now I say 99% of the time because on this particular shoot I encountered a few issues where some images weren’t showing up and an error message saying ‘Error working with file’ or something like that. Anyway the result was that I ended up for some of the shoot having to review the images on the back of the camera; not ideal despite the screen on the back of my Nikon D3 being a fairly decent size but hey it doesn’t happen all the time.
I’ve a sneaky suspicion that this hiccup with the tethering is going to be down to me turning off my camera from time to time during the shoot so that’s something I’m going to have to look into.
At the end of the shoot the folder of images containing all the RAW files that did make it into Lightroom were then copied over onto my LaCie Rugged External Hard Drive which, once home, was then plugged into the iMac and imported into Lightroom. The images that were captured onto the camera’s memory cards were also imported into the same folder using Photo Mechanic which totally ROCKS! Seriously if you haven’t tried it out I urge you to give it a spin; you’ll be amazed how quick you can view and import images off your memory cards!
Post Production in Photoshop
In a word ‘minimal’ …
- Remove unwanted dust spots, hair etc…
- Brighten & Sharpen Eyes
- Add Contrast to Skin
- Soften Skin
- Adjust Colour / Tone using a Colour Balance Adjustment Layer
- Add ‘Cookie Lighting’
Next week I’m going to be adding a couple of posts covering some of the editing techniques I use in Photoshop and that I’ve mentioned recently such as ‘Cookie Lighting’ in the list above and also the technique for adding high contrast using, of all things, the Unsharp Mask Filter that I briefly touched on in the Ice Hockey Shoot.
Before I forget, BIG thanks to Andreea Gli Gioia for doing a great impression of the Invisible Man during this shoot and taking some great BTS (Behind the Scenes) photographs that I’ve been able to make use of rather than subject you once again to my questionable drawing skills 🙂
Also, thanks to Ian Baker, Chanel’s Partner, Bodyguard, Number 1 Fan and all round Good Guy for helping out with lifting and shifting some of the kit and also for trusting me not to do anything inappropriate with the lighting test shots that he stood in for…ooopps 🙂
Right, that’s all for now so have a great weekend and I’ll catch up with you soon.
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