Behind the shoot… workshop in Weimar
I’ve decided that it would be fun and possibly interesting for you to show a little more behind the scenes setups for photoshoots that I had. I almost always take behind the scenes photos and while I cannot always share the end pics I thought to start of I can show you a little bit more about the setup for the shoot Corinna and I did during the workshop last weekend. You’ve already seen our final selection; for the end photo we picked a photo made by Corinna as the angle was slightly more pleasing then the one I had taken, but since this is my blog the photo above is taken by me. The final select is in the previous workshop post so you can also see that one.
Our assignment was to create a picnic scene using the style of the magazine assigned to us. For us that was Donna Hay magazine.. Talk about coincidence! So our first job was to find a suitable spot, not in the full sunshine and with a nice rustic feel to it. The area we were in was full of gorgeous background, stones and other stuff we could use, but ofcourse our competition took up some premium spots but we did find a good area. As you can see from the pictures our final selected spot was really not that big. And quite wet too. Uneven as well so you can trust me to knock over a bowl filled with oil in the first 5 minutes.. !
It can sometimes be tricky to see where the light is coming from when you’re in the shade and we didn’t want to use front lighting so we ended up with sidelight. It was fairly soft so we didn’t need to use the reflector, although we did have to wait a couple of times for the sun to go away! Nasty sun always appearing when you don’t want it to… We wanted to have the green in the background so we shot sideways on the stairs as you can see above where Corinna is trying to find the right angle.
All in all we pretty much agreed quite quickly on what to use as background as well as some of the props. Since Donna Hay has so many different styles and so many different photographers we thought this would be fitting. Plus blue was a good choice for Donna Hay too!
So not much to explain in terms of lighting here. It was pretty good as it was, so no need to bounce, diffuse or reflect. We loved the bright red of the colors and the peppers so those had to somehow work together and blue and red is always a winning combination. Now I only wish I had such beautiful old stones at home too!