I was asked to include a profile shot for an upcoming newsletter and I’ve been putting it off for weeks. You see, I’m not really a self-portrait kinda guy and I also didn’t want an image that was too staged. Typically, company profile shots would require a rather “formal” dress-code but I felt that it didn’t really represent what it is that I do for a living. When you’re detailing it’s hard to work with jeans or pants as the squatting and lying-down on the ground, plus the getting wet are the everyday stuff.
The good thing was, I just got my 500W studio strobes and it was time to bring ‘em out to play! *hehe* A couple of my mates were on site shooting a bike at The Garage while I arranged the lighting. I got them to trigger the SLR as the batteries on my remote shutter went dead. After lots of pre-requisite laughs I managed to get a couple of shots out.
I dressed in my daily-wear and I thought about initially arranging the cars in a more dynamic pose but decided otherwise as I wanted to capture the feel of my detailing bays-in-action. For mood lighting, I threw in a blue-gel to cast a cool CSI-type lighting. *hahaha* And yes I was sucking up my stomach there…
Here’s the setup for the Strobist-minded:
Strobist Info: One 500W strobe with STU @ 1/2 power on camera high-left tilted downwards. Second 500W strobe on full-power, barn-door’ed and blue-gelled at the rear. Three Sunpak 383′s & 1 Vivitar 285HV @ 1/4 power on left and right of subject(me!). Two units mounted on Manfrotto Lightstands with an additional two fitted via Manfrotto Super-clamps on the middle-section of stands. Single SB-800 flashgun on ground rear @ 1/8 power. Triggered wirelessly.
Have a lovely weekend!