So recently on Instagram I made pledge to eat more pizza and do more shoots. Well “Pizza Mondays” are now a thing in our household…
While eating pizza and discussing Avengers — Age of Ultron with Spadgerina we noted how similar her hair was to Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff — we also realised that she still had a black catsuit from a previous shoot. The stars were aligning.
I wanted to do something low key but without losing atmosphere. Smoke seemed like the obvious way to go, especially when combined with a flash and a coloured gel. Smoke machines are ridiculously cheap on eBay btw… and some of them even come with really handy 1980s style remote controls.
I time lapsed the shoot so there is a video at the bottom of the whole setup, along with a Rick Nunn style lighting diagram. Enjoy!
- Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
- Lens: Canon 50mm F/1.4
- Flashes: Canon 600ex-rt, 580ex & 430ex
- Accessories: A black backdrop, 3 light stands, a boom arm, 3 light brackets, a Westcott Apollo Orb, a Westcott Apollo Strip, a Rogue Grid, Pocket Wizard Mini TT1, Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 & a Pocket Wizard AC 3 Zone Controller, a smoke machine!
- Shutter Speed: 1/100th
- Aperture: F/4.5
- ISO: 100
Behind The Scenes Video!
You’ll notice I’ve got a large reflector out in the video — not for any sort of lighting purpose, it just makes a great smoke wafter!
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