You may recall the teasers I posted from this photoshoot a couple of weeks back (and here). Here are some more photos from the entire session and a video posted above. Filming was done by my co-producer, Nicholas Cambata, at our video production company, 8112 Studios.
Most of this photoshoot shoot was done with 2 vagabond battery packs, a beauty dish, 1 x3200 white lighting strobe, and 2 x1600’s with 7″ reflectors and barn doors. It was important to keep the main lights close to the subject. By doing so, you create a more powerful dramatic directional lighting scenario that overpowers the sunlight. It was in the early afternoon during late winter so the sun was lower in the sky.
Like I often say, you don’t always need a huge lighting setup to get a dramatic looking portrait, sometimes you just need to work with your environment/ambient light and respect the lines and angles of your background. Of course, having an advanced military fighter jet as a background doesn’t hurt.
In post production, I utilized Nik Color Efx Pro 3.0 software. My 2 favorite tools for this project were “Color Stylizer” and “B/W Conversion”. I use Nik color tools a lot, often to create unique contrast in my images, while maintaining shadow and highlight detail.
Big thanks to my friend Justin. This shoot was something I wanted to shoot just for fun and for my portfolio (not something I was asked or hired to do) and I’m very thankful I had the opportunity to do this. People are ribbing on Justin as if he hired me or asked me to come out, but truth is he was the one doing me a big favor!
More photos after the page break…
Some iPhone behind the scenes photos: