This steampunk inspired image was put together pretty much on a whim. Taylor was in the studio shooting exercise stuff for stock, and a couple of outfits for the Studio K fashion blog.
We had the jacket and the glasses from a previous shoot with senior model Marissa S and we had just picked up the pants from the mall for yet another shoot. So stylists Steph Wolfred and Hayli Goode grabbed whatever we had laying around, including the vintage camera. And within a few minutes they had this awesome look put together for me.
Makeup Artist Beth Jerrels, did a quick little updo for Taylor, adjusted the makeup a bit and we were off to the races…chariot races, that is.
My basic lighting setup doesn’t change too much, so you really can do quite a bit with a limited amount of equipment. The lighting for this image was my standard fill light, a large octa behind me, maybe 18-feet from the model, set at F2.8 and 3/10ths. The center of the octal is right at about 6-feet above the floor.
I always set and meter my fill light first to control the density of the shadows. For this image, we wanted deep shadows, but not so black that they couldn’t be printed.
The main light for this image was my favorite light source ever: My 33 inch Mola Euro. This light source is crisp, clean and perfect for 3/4 length fashion. Many ask why a light source this large, wouldn’t a smaller beauty dish work the same? Answer NO! Just like a soft box, each light source including beauty dishes have an optimum working distance. As we move the light source further back from our subject, the diameter of the light source needs to be larger to get the coverage and the brilliance I am looking for. The main light was metered to give me an overall exposure of F5.6 on the Nikon D4.
You want this look and can’t afford the Mola Euro? Do you save a few bucks and buy a smaller beauty dish? Answer: Again, no. If I didn’t have my Mola Euro, I would have shot this image with my 39″ Elinchrom Octa. The Elinchrom Octa has a nice crisp look, but is quite a bit softer at the same distance.
That’s it for this one – again not much retouch her. The nice thing about working with Taylor is that she has the most awesome hair and her skin is absolutely perfect. She does half the work for me!