Akatsuki no Yona was one of the more planned out shoot I had for sometime. Thanks to Sumi for this shoot together with all those that helped out. For the full album visit my page ZerartulPeaktures
Todays article will talk about the creation of the above image at the start of this post. The image is done using 3 lights. With a combination of 2 images for the spread of leaves.
A B2 head mounted on a boom acts as the simulated sun on the back. It’s mounted with a zoom reflector for a more controlled spill onto the back of the subject.
The light on the left acts as the key light for the subject. A B1 mounted with 2’x3′ box with a grid, it’s purpose is to light the subject like a hole in the forest. The grid prevents unnecessary spill.
The final light on the left as a fill. A B2 head mounted with a 2′ octa, it’s powered at around 2 stops lower then the key light. This is to soften the shadow on the dark side of the subject.
The helpers gather the dry leaves around the area and throws them in succession. Multiple shots are done with each throw to maximise the amount of leaves and their arrangement caught on the camera. This is a situation where a better light like the B1/B2 has an advantage. With a lot more capacity, they can be fired in rapid succession while still retaining the Color and exposure.
The images are combined together using photoshop. The images above are two shots straight out of Lightroom with the exact same setting. If you notice there’s almost no shift in Color and exposure which makes combining a Breeze.
Once the images are combined, all that’s left is touching up of image, removing the b2 generator from the image and final touches for the subject.
I will probably be posting more behind the scene shots in the future. Do follow them and my Facebook page @ ZerartulPeaktures
- Nikon DF
- Nikon 85mm F1.8
- Profoto B1
- Profoto B2 with 2 Heads
- Profoto 2’Octa Softbox
- Profoto Zoom Reflector
- Jinbei 2’x3′ Softbox with grid
- Jinbei M1 Boom