Photo Shoot & Technique: Chanel Fusco

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: October 20, 2010

Category: Videos

Well I’ve finally got round to putting together a post about the recent promo shoot with Singer, Chanel Fusco which we did in the studio.

The photo shoot itself was made up of three different set ups making use of a real mixture of equipment ranging from a Single Nikon SB800 Speedlight and Shoot Thru Umbrella to the other end of the scale using 3 Profoto Heads and a Large Softbox.

In the video you get to see some of the ‘Behind the Scenes’ footage where you’ll get a quick glimpse at the set ups, and further down the post I’ve included a number of photos so that you can see the kind of results each gave us along with a brief explanation of the lighting…

Set Up 1:
This first couple of photographs were taken during the ‘warm up’ stage so that we could all get into the right frame of mind for the shoot, so the set up was real simple: a single Nikon SB800 into a Lastolite Ezybox positioned above and to the front of Chanel, and finished off with a silver Lastolite Tri Grip Reflector beneath to add just a little bit of fill into her eyes…

Set Up 2:
The following 4 pictures are some that were taken on the ‘white seamless’ set up. This set up saw us making use of 3 Profoto Heads; 2 x 1000’s and 1 x 500). The two 1000’s were used to light up the white background. The reflective surface on the floor comes from using 2 sheets of White 2mm thick PVC sheets measuring 8′ x 4′ which is lit by light reflecting onto it from the background itself.

Finally, the third Profoto Head (500) is above and to the front of Chanel fitted into a Large Softbox…

Set Up 3:
The third and final set up couldn’t have been simpler: a single Nikon SB800 Speedlight into a ‘closed down’ Reflective/Shoot Thru 46″ Umbrella and using the ‘Invisible Black Background‘ Technique…

The light source and beams of light in this last photograph were actually added later in Photoshop and I’ll be posting a tutorial in the near future here on the blog to show how that can be done…

All in all a great fun shoot with a great bunch of people…

As always if you have any questions or comments at all about this post then please feel free to make use of the comments section below. It’s always good to ‘hear’ feedback and if you do have any questions I’ll be sure to reply to each and every one.

Enjoy πŸ™‚

>Incidentally, the backing track on the video is called ‘Walk Away’ by Chanel Fusco and taken from here first album ‘Sad Goodbyes’.
You can check out more of her music over on iTunes (Link).
Also if you’re into Social Networking you can connect with Chanel on Facebook, Twitter & MySpace

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  1. Chanel

    I have to say It was a great pleasure working with Glyn, Neal, Syn and Ian. The day was filled with fun and was great experience for me. Glyn I’m so happy with every single shot you took it was hard choosing from the list. You are super talented, can’t wait for the next one. 

    • Glyn

      @Chanel…Ditto, it was great working with you too and yeah I really look forward to the next shoot πŸ™‚

  2. Rick Wenner

    Very nice work here Glyn, Chanel and crew. The video is great, the final shots are very nice. I’m having a hard time picking my favorite but it would be between #2, #7, and #9. All are great but those stand out the most to me.

    • Glyn

      @Rick…Cheers Buddy; very kind of you. I think Chanel’s rather keen to head out to NYC for a shoot with your good self too now πŸ™‚

  3. neal

    Nicely done mate, who is this Chanel bird anyway? LOL, Had a great day Chanel, here is to the next one!

    • Glyn

      @Neal…Thanks mate, and thanks for all your help πŸ™‚

  4. Ian

    I have to say the whole day was such a great experience fun is the key word thanks to Glyn Neal Syn & Chanel we made a great team let’s get on to the next shoot quick πŸ™‚

    • Glyn

      @Ian…Couldn’t agree more mate; bring it on πŸ™‚

  5. Keith Hammond

    Good video Glynn, nice touch using one of Chanel’s tracks. Loving shots 1 & 2, fav 2 i think.
    It’s good to see the results from the use of mixed equipment, speedlights and pro heads, The PVC sheets worked really well.
    Looking forward to the “light source” tutorial, i bet it’s real easy πŸ™‚
    Now to the crew shot, there are three crew members that look like they should be holding number boards up not names and smileys, and you’ve got to stop Neal catching you in those camp poses, your reputation will suffer mate πŸ™‚
    Please send my best wishes to Chanel for the success of her album.

    • Glyn

      @Keith…Thanks for stopping by and commenting mate.

      Re the line up, what do you mean? That’s our ‘welcoming’ faces πŸ™‚

  6. Tim Skipper


    As always you write a great post. I laughed at you being caught in the “pose.” I will tell you a story if you promise not to let anyone else know. A few years ago I was shooting a former Playmate for her maternity session. She didn’t want her breast to show (even though her mother was pointing out they had already been published world wide) so I was helping her wrap a cloth over her chest. She asked me how I knew how to do such stuff and I jokingly said I was 1% gay.

    A few minutes later some of her hair was out of place and I just reached and adjusted it, she said I was pushing upwards of 3% on the gay meter. Now every time I am showing a woman how to stand or sit like you did I’m thinking my gay meter is going through the roof.

    Like I said don’t repeat that one πŸ™‚

    BTW I am going to be dropping you an email. I’ve got some business questions/advice I’d like to pick your brain over.

    • Glyn

      @Tim…Superb story mate; definitely made me smile that one πŸ™‚ Oh, and no fear…I’ll keep quiet on that one…lol

      Cheers, Glyn

      ps> I’ll await our email mate

  7. Dan Davies

    Have always been a lover of negative space so the second shot’s the biggest winner for me. Nice pose at the end Glyn – though your “portrait” seems to have a few more hairs on his head than you do.

    Dan (also balding!)

    • Glyn

      @Dan…Cheers for commenting mate; I really appreciate it and yeah I guess I was a little over-enthusiatic with the drawing huh πŸ™‚ Ahhh….memories

  8. David Kelly

    Great panel of images shown here – I’d have to say #2 and #6 would be my personal faves.

    Nice to read the very positive comments from Chanel and how pleased she is with the images. Loved her track on the video too, so will definitely be checking it out in iTunes.



    • Glyn

      @David Kelly…Thanks for looking in on this post and for commenting mate; I know Chanel will really appreciate it too πŸ™‚


  9. Syn

    Hey Glyn,

    Brillant – Loved working with you look forward to working with you again , YOU are a AMAZING photographer, love your energy and passion…

    Syn πŸ™‚

    • Glyn

      @Syn…Ditto…really looking forward to working with you alot more; bring it on πŸ™‚



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