Ok, so the new Elinchrom’s (D-Lite RX4’s) arrived last week so it was about time to put them to the test with some live (ish) models… Rocio and Mari did the whole makeup zombie thing for Halloween last year and since then we have been itching to get them into a studio environment with a bit of smoke. Finally we managed to get a date organised and with the makeup being put on in situ we also managed to get some behind the scenes bits and pieces too (coming soon).
Zombies on set… Great right? Well, yeah it was certainly different, as a photographer I tend not to shoot the happy smiling model but something a little more sinister, serious, in depth so this ‘look’ was right up my street. Adding a bit more atmosphere came in the form of a fog machine which can break the workflow on occasion as it needs time to warm up, water based smoke/fog machines (instead of oil) are essential even in a larger studio as they are much kinder to your strobes – the downside is they don’t fire up straight away, that said, the effect is still the same and smoke adds plenty of depth into an already moody set.
An old chair (above) with no legs was placed on top of a pallet as the main prop, acquired from the local recycle tip and given a good clean this piece of furniture is actually still in good condition (minus the legs of course) and it does the job. The olive branch turned up without my knowledge buy hey, lets throw it in and see if it works, experimenting with props is half the battle and when something catches your eye why not use it?
(Above) More smoke and a darker, gritty image to compliment the styling. BIG thanks to Rocio, Rocio (jnr) and Mari for taking part and putting on that awesome makeup (again!) Gracias!
Zombies on Set Gear:
- Pentax K3 + Tamron 17-50 f2.8
- 2 x Elinchrom RX4’s + snoot & grid/softbox/reflector & gels
- Cheapo fog machine
- Sekonic 308s light meter
- Sense of humour :D
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