Portraits with a theme
The tech blog I write for also has a film category that is run by the good folks over at Moviezine. One day they mailed me and wanted me to shoot some new byline photos for them. After some wheeling and dealing I got complete artistic freedom and decided to shoot some rather different byline pictures with something special in all the shots instead of only shooting a classic headshot.
We have “the burned out writer”, “the popcorn love” and a homage to this wonderful portrait of Martin Scorsese by Art Streiber.
I wanted all the portraits to have the same look and feel so even though they are quite different the lighting is almost the same in all of them but one. All of the has my beloved Profoto 5′ Octa as main light and most of them uses it as the only light (except a light on the background). The only photo that is completely different is the first one.
The first photo is lit with the large octabox in front and two smaller softboxes from the back on each side. The on on camera left is also way up high to get a nice light on the hair.
The burned out writer is lit by only the octabox which hangs from above like a ordinary lamp.
All the other portraits have the large octabox to camera right a little bit higher then their heads and that’s it. even the group shot is lit this way.