We have been working behind the scenes on a lot of things and putting into practice some exciting developments. Anyway we finally made time to shoot for fun. We really wanted to do something on location, especially in the back streets around our studio. Our poor model for the day was Jo, not someone we had previously shot with but had a pretty good portfolio. Even though it was warmer than the last week it was still very, very cold. The main purpose of the shoot was to test out a new location umbrellabox. Basically this is a compact softbox that opens and shuts like an umbrella, it has a diffused white panel on the front. It is mainly designed for speedlights but it could easily be used in a studio. It has an opening in the bottom to insert a light stand and works well when used with a standard light stand head. Apollo do a great version for around £100, but I have to admit this one was £18.99 of off ebay, on this evidence probably the best £20 I have ever spent. It is really easy to use and produces a nice soft light. The only slight issue I have is that the flash sits to the top of the soft box, so you end up with a hot spot towards the top, but otherwise it is really good.
As mentioned it was quite cold so we worked quickly with some ideas we had formulated.
For these shots I was going for more portraits than fashion or editorial. We found this rough door with peeling paint and really liked the effect.
We then went back to studio and worked the back wall. The white wall produces a nice contrast with the bright orange in Jo's outfit.
I then quickly grabbed a low key shot in the studio.
It was a very cold day and I am still warming up, I might go and grab a cuppa! Thanks for reading.
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