I thought it would be funny to create an old shady type interior in the garden shack.
With random bones hanging down and a shady cinematic lighting.
When I get an idea for an image, I usually make a quick sketch with whatever I can find laying around.
This is a good practice for a few reasons:
– It helps to get the idea out of your head right away and keeps the creative juices flowing.
– You start adding little elements to the scene or idea.
– You can start working out the lighting diagrams as you see them.
– It also helps you remember ideas if you can’t execute immediately. I wind up pinning them to my board
So here is my sketch for this idea.
I can’t draw! I make stick figures (as long as you can read your own drawings).
I drew the little shack, added the bones. While I was doing that, I thought it would be funny to have a little tv outside. Placed the subject across from it.
Normally I don’t sketch the interior out in detail- just the rough idea.
For the details I usually wind up using whatever I can find around and build on that.
I started drawing a beauty dish as main subject light. I wanted a strong side light as well. I wound up doing something different than the sketch.
Now it was a matter of getting outside and seeing what lens I could fit on my camera to get the composition. Turned out to be the Sigma 10-20mm f4.5-5.6.
I kept adding the elements and constantly checking the composition through the lens.
Added the clear film, closed off some parts with fence and added a black tarp thing I found.
When the scene is pretty much complete I start doing multiple things between shots.
– Putting my camera on the settings I’ll be shooting in: This was 1/250 to kill all the ambient light and f/10
– Adding the first few lights.
The canon 430 ex II with CTO gell behind the fence bottom left.
Elinchrom BXRI 500 watt with Rotalux 100cm Deep Octa right outside of frame left.
Elinchrom D-Lite One with grid far right giving a little spot on the right side of the frame.
– Also added the tv and chair
I thought it was a little too dark underneath the table and I was also missing some light on the roof.
So I added another Elinchrom D-Lite RX One underneath the table pointing up.
I also added another Canon 430 EX II super clamped to the wood beam top right of the shack.
Right now it’s pointing at the roof, but I gave it a CTO and pointed it more downwards in the final shot.
After this it was pretty much waiting on the sun to set so it would be a little darker.
And testing the light on the subject (myself).
So a few up and down running to my camera on a 10 sec delay.
Then I lit a smoke grenade which caused neighbourhood panic! …Until they saw it was me and went “aah thats that crazy photographers house!”
Then it was a matter of compositing the 3 images together in photoshop and added a tone, added static to the tv.
And this is what i ended up with. A selfie from idea to sketch to final picture in 2,5 hours.