Not really understanding what Claude was asking. The Claude I’m referring to is Claude Jodoin. I’m fortunate to know Claude and asked him to assist me with a shoot awhile back. Claude is a photographer’s consultant and educator and Technical Editor for Range Finder magazine. It was my first shoot with Claude and I wasn’t sure what he was asking. He asked me three times so it seemed kind of important to him. I’ve assisted quite a bit so I knew the signs. If I ask the main photographer more than once it means I have a concern.
He stopped to explain to me that he wanted to put a focusing light on her eyes to constrict her pupils and pick up more color real estate…Oh! That sounds good to me!
For this shoot with Tiffany I dusted off my Profoto Magnum reflector. When I bought it I was just working my way through their accessories. I really didn’t know what it was used for, I was just going to buy one of every accessory ProFoto made. I used it in the beginning but it’s been sitting on my shelf for the last 3 years. After this shoot I don’t think it will be collecting any more dust. I’m so used to grabbing my beauty dish for everything it gets overlooked.
I tried my gridded beauty dish first but it was lighting her legs too much and I wanted them to be fairly dark. I had the key fairly high up so sometimes you loose the catch light and the eyes are black with no color. I brought in my Joker 200 HMI on a low stand and pointed it into her eyes for a catch light and color . I don’t find totally black eyes very attractive, I want to see something. Be careful that the focusing light doesn’t effect your key light if that’s an issue.
As photographers we can rationalize any purchase we are contemplating, it’s a talent we possess in our profession/hobby. We have an ongoing list on what we want/need to purchase next.
Try explaining to your significant other just why you needed the 85 1.2 when you already own the 85 1.8. Oh, then again maybe what they don’t know won’t hurt them (or you)…just sayin
Specs: Gridded Profoto Magnum reflector, two bare strobes behind back panel. Split toned in Bridge. Shot at my May 2010 Workshop.5 comments