This is my friend Lloyd, we became friends on a job on which I was the lighting assistant some years back. Ever since then, we’ve been threatening to shoot together, but we could never seem to make it work. Being the international model he is, he was always in some exotic place for some exotic shoot. Eventually however, we decided to clear our calendars, meet up and plan a shoot. We both wanted to shoot something we hadn’t done before, and I was itching to shoot something that would push the limits of the gear I’ve become so comfortable with.
I’ve been using the Siros a lot lately for my personal work and editorials, but for this project I needed something a little easier to hand hold, so I contact Photohire and asked to use the Broncolor Move L pack with MobiLed head.
A lot of my commercial work requires a large team – a digital assistant, lighting assistants, art directors, creative directors, hair and makeup, styling, etc...
When it comes to shooting my personal work, I’ve really enjoyed being able to go without a team, for the most part, it’s just myself, a model, and my camera. It’s been really freeing. Every so often though, a personal shoot will require me to have an assistant. This shoot in particular required that the light be able to move as the Lloyd moves, so I roped in my friend, Ameer, basically, to be a human light stand – so that the light was as agile as Lloyd.
For this personal editorial, I was aiming for a harsh light, so for lighting modifiers, I opted to use the P70 reflector. For safe measure, I also brought along a grid set for the P70, and a beauty dish with a grid. After seeing the results from a couple of test frames with the P70 alone, I left everything else in the car.
The Move pack was perfect for this shoot. We were shooting late one Sunday night, so it was pretty much pitch dark,.The only way my camera could focus was using the modeling light. The modeling light was bright enough my Canon 5dmk3 to nail focus on every shot shooting on continuous AF mode. Unfortunately, due to low light and speed required, the Hassy had to sit this one out.
The quick recycle time of the battery pack meant I could shoot quite quickly to capture the quick movements of Lloyd to get the perfect in-between moments. I never once had to wait for the flash to recycle… I did however have to wait for the camera buffer to catch up. (Note to self: invest in some faster SD cards).
Although the folks at Photohire had been so kind as to include a spare battery for the Move pack, the whole shoot was done on one battery, even though we were shooting at quite a high power and had the modeling light on the entire time.
A huge word of appreciation and thanks to Photohire for the Broncolor gear and support.
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