It was way back in 2014 when I first shot Spanish hand fans, Gayle had managed to gather together some volunteers from the village to model for us – Spanish hand fans had recently become a new craft line for our online business. It was also one of my earliest photo-shoots and I distinctly remember experiencing four seasons of weather conditions inside of two hours which made things a bit of a challenge, back then there was no flashbender either so the entire shoot was a ‘natural light’ situation and although the models were fantastic, the images were, well, ‘normal’. Fine for the web as product images but not much ‘clout’ as us Geordies say.
Times change and with the addition of some studio space we can now use Spanish hands fans to create something much more energetic (no product images here!). So how to shoot hand fans? There are some fantastic images of dance/flamenco/models out there but on this occasion we decided to go different with a much harder edge, something you might not expect and away from the ‘norm’. Now I know that these images will not be for everyone but hey, that’s photography, I just enjoy going a bit mad from time to time with props, mixing things up and experimenting.
I am also not a big ‘fan’ (sorry) of Photoshop, in fact I hardly ever use it, these images though did need something a bit extra so I highly recommend the Topaz Labs ‘Adjust’ plugin for adding some grit and clarity, the rest I finish in Lightroom keeping any editing to a minimum. Some of you may be wondering where to get these Spanish hand fans and I can highly recommend Hand Fans by Kate who paints all of her fans by hand, Kate is Spanish based and is a great source of supply if you need just a few or have a shoot lined up with a large group and need a unique design to match a theme.