This is the first of two videos that show how I made an image called Nightmare. This video is part 1 which takes you behind the scenes when we did the shoot. It was a lot of fun, there was a group of about 8 of us and I think everyone really enjoyed the location and the shoot. When you are shooting with a good group it really makes photography fun. We were also lucky enough to have a gorgeous and talented model (thank you Mandy) who modeled for us.
This shot is something different for me in a few different ways.
- It combines off-camera flash with light painting. I don’t normally do much off-camera flash, but I’m keen to start doing more after Oat and Nelson’s wonderful off-camera flash workshop.
- It is a shot of a person… I normally have a bit of a mantra of not shooting anything that talks or shits. Hence the fascination with seascapes, landscapes and urban shots. In this case I do feature the beautiful Mandy.
- This shot was totally pre-visualised for about 3 months, and I have set out to create it. I planned everything about the shot from the pools of light to the type of clothes that Mandy had on. I wanted to see if I had the technique to accurately re-create my vision…. and I have to say I was very happy with the results.
What is this shot about?
Nightmare is about a chick who has been out for a wild night of partying finding herself in the wee hours of the morning in one god-awful freaky place. Her clothes are in disarray, her makup is smudged over face and I wanted to create a response in the viewer of “what the hell happened to her…. what is she doing in this freaky place”?
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video…. I will try to post part II tomorrow which will show the post processing including some pretty cool techniques.
This video was produced in High Definition, so I’m not going to embed it inline with the blog but send you over to Vimeo where you can enjoy it in all it’s HD splendor.