Meet The Team

Discussion in 'Lighting Tutorials' started by MichaelSewell, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. MichaelSewell

    MichaelSewell Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 1, 2015
    Burnley, UK
    Michael A. Sewell
    BNI_10Mins_040 copy.

    This was part of a series of teamshots for a BMW Mini dealership.

    With the BMW teams, all headshots had to be on white, and the group or teamshots had to be “corporate or business like”, where as, due to the perceived nature of the Mini being fun, the teamshots had more scope.

    The interior of the Mini showroom had an interesting chevron pattern on the wall, with the majority of the décor being black. I wanted to make use of the chevron in the background, but also create a little more atmosphere to the image.

    I used two Godox Witstro 180Ws behind the group, firing through standard reflectors fitted with a red gel, and at waist height with a bias towards the ground. This helped to create the red glow on the lower part of the wall, which faded to black at the top, but also reflected nicely on the dark glossy floor. Output on both was set to 1/8th

    Frame right, and against the wall, was a Witstro 360Ws at 1/8th firing through a gridded Beauty Dish. It was raised as high as the ceiling would allow, and aimed diagonally across the group towards the lower left corner of the frame, providing the accent light to the figures on the right of the frame.

    A second Witstro 360Ws was placed as far into the corner as possible, frame left, and up against the wall. This was also raised as high as possible, and fired through another gridded Beauty Dish, aiming downward towards the lower right corner of the frame. This provided the accent light for those on the left of the group. Again, the output was set to 1/8th

    The main, or key light, was just to my left. Another Witstro 360Ws, firing through a 80x80cm folding softbox, raised to just above head height, and firing at ¼ output.

    There wasn't a brief for this image as such, but the site manager wanted something “interesting” for the “Meet the team!” section of the website. The image was used there, and also enlarged to be used for a 9'x6' billboard on the side of the dealership, which had originally been planned for a text sales slogan.

    1/200th sec ISO800 f7.1
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  2. heli-mech

    heli-mech Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 9, 2012
    Vancouver Island, Canada
    Thanks one question coming from someone who had never used "lights", why ISO800 when you still had lots of power left in the lights? Would the effect have been different if you had to ramp up the lights to shoot at ISO200?
  3. Not sure about the specifics of this shot but generally 1/4 is actually pretty high - full power takes longer to recycle and will run hot, it's kind of a last resort. You also might need to raise the ISO if you need more of the ambient to come through without slowing down the shutter speed too much (to avoid ghosting if people move).
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  4. MichaelSewell

    MichaelSewell Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 1, 2015
    Burnley, UK
    Michael A. Sewell
    There were a couple of reasons for the use of ISO800.
    The primary reason was recycle time. Shooting larger groups increases the blink factor, particularly with work colleagues, who seem to lark about a bit more than social gatherings such as weddings. To combat this, I try to keep the power levels a little lower on the heads, so I can shoot as I see the opportunity, or fire fairly rapidly.
    As it was, the site manager wanted a "Reservoir Dogs" kind of feeling to the image, so told everyone to look a little mean. Of course, there was an immediate epidemic of grins and laughter!
    This was the one frame that had most of them looking serious, except for the chap at the back. Two of the other guys needed eye swaps due to persistent blinking.

    The second reason, wasn't really a reason to choose ISO800, but more of a reason to allow the use of it. This image was never part of the brief for the client, but was more of a complimentary/throw away image for the site manager, who wanted a print of 6"x9" or 8"x12" etc for his desk or office wall. It was never intended to be used as a billboard image of 9' x 6'
    Luckily, the decision to use this image on the side of the building, facing a very busy main road, was down to the head office of the dealership group after the general manager sent it to them. The two girls gave their manager a great deal of grief for a good month or so :) 
  5. MichaelSewell

    MichaelSewell Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 1, 2015
    Burnley, UK
    Michael A. Sewell
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