Just before the end of 2018, I went to Futureskills College at MediaCity UK, to assist students with some assignments. They were studying hair and make up, and were after shot against a clean white background. Below is a small selection of shots.
All these shot with a 2 light set up, one strobe with a beauty dish as the main light and the second light behind the model, ensuring a crisp white backdrop.
This week I was asked to return to do some more work for a makeup student, who was wanting an Alice in Wonderland shoot, with the shoot to take place outside in a park near the college campus.
To say it was freezing cold was an understatement, and setting up the shoot, late in the afternoon, with the sun setting and the cold biting, was quite a challenge, especially when it came to loading batteries into the speed light and on camera trigger.
With the theme Alice in Wonderland, the remit was for dark & moody pictures, but at the same time ensuring the makeup and costumes were showcased in the images.
While doing this shoot, it dawned on me, just how cheap the setup was and the quality you can produce with such inexpensive equipment. For these shots, all of the equipment used was ordered through the Wish shopping app. For these shots I used the Godox TT600 2.4G Wireless Speedlight, which cost £44.10, Godox X-Pro High Speed Sync Wireless Flash Trigger for Nikon, at a cost of £26, and the Godox Portable Umbrella 80cm Octobox, priced £17.
So for less than £100, you have a portable one light setup, ideal for this kind of job. So with everything setup, light dropping rapidly and hands almost falling off with the cold, it was a quick check on ambient light setting, and matching speed light settings to achieve the desired look.
With this set up being high speed sync, it meant that I could shoot beyond 1/250th sec shutter speed if required, but with the light dropping fast this wasn't necessary. To keep the shoot going fast, I kept the shutter speed at 1/250th and just adjusted the power of the speed light to achieve the look.
As it gets warmer and lighter during the year, this setup will be used to its full potential, and there will be Youtube videos added to my channel at some point, giving full details of this setup and how to achieve images like this, without breaking the bank.
To see all the images from this shoot, you can click here https://simonnortonphotography.co.uk/p782411023