One Light Portraits Biscarrosse Workshop


Beauty is in the Light

Biscarrosse Workshop Portraits

The afternoon of day two of my Beauty is in the Light workshop in Biscarrosse was mostly dedicated to portraits in a studio environment. We had three single light settings, each in a small environment inside the hangar. The first one was a black backdrop with a strip light and the omega reflector, the second a purple background with a Rapidbox  and Godexx strobe and an Eyelighter for the extra kick of light under the  chin and in the eyes . The last one a simple gray backdrop with a beauty dish and a Scrim Jim frame. Also, I had second extra light for the backdrop that sometimes we used it and sometimes not.  I demonstrated some useful possing techniques, and lighting tips, then each of the attendees took some portraits of the models.

Angelo smiling  A wet plate style portrait of Angelo

Slight changes in the strobe position, change the final results in many aspects, such as mood, contrast and overall aesthetics. Here we see portraits of Angelo with the light from the right and left sides of his face.
Slight changes in the strobe position change the final results in many aspects, such as mood, contrast and overall aesthetics. Here we see portraits of Angelo with the light from the right and left sides of his face.

 

Here is me shooting Angelo with my Fujifilm GFX 50s on the black background setting.
Here is me shooting Angelo with my Fujifilm GFX 50s on the black background setting.

 

With the gray backdrop, we used a beauty dish and sometimes a second light to point at the background as seen in the first two images of Emilie below:

Using the second light to fill the background. A wet plate style portrait of Emilie

With just a beauty dish you can achieve some pretty nice results.
With just a beauty dish you can achieve some pretty nice results.
I like using the beauty dish with a honeycomb grid to add some extra direction to the light coming from the strobe. Here I also have the Eyelighter on set to give an even filling light.
I like using the beauty dish with a honeycomb grid to add some extra direction to the light coming from the strobe. Here I also have the Eyelighter on set to give an even filling light.

I always place my self in my subjects position so that I may have a exact and clear vision of the lights direction .

The three studio environments we created in the hangar.
The three studio environments we created in the hangar.

Later I took portraits of all my attendees.

 

 

 

 

 

Hélen Cubino

Credits

Host and Producer:
Hélen Cubino

Styling:
John Coureau johncoureaucreation.com @johncoureaucreation

Makeup:
Mathieumakeup @levrard.mathieu

Models:
Émilie Maestracci @emmaestracci
Tom @tom_btsd
Angello @angelllllllo
Naomi @naomiriskwait

French Photography Organisation AFMI

Big thanks to Fuji France for providing their cameras for the means of the workshop.
And a huge thank you to Alein Quintin and Bernard Guibbal from MMF-Pro, all the lighting gear was supplied by them. 

Gear list

Fujifilm GFX 50S Medium Format Camera

Fujifilm X100F APS-C Digital Camera

Fujifilm GF 120mm f/4 Macro R LM OIS WR Medium Format Lens G-Mount GFX


Westcott RapidBox Collapsible Beauty Dish

Westcott Eyelighter 2

Westcott Omega Reflector 360

Westcott Scrim Jim

SMDV 360BRIHT flash head SMDV Standard Reflector BR-120 SMDV SpeedBox-A80 octogonal softbox
TetherTools TetherPro USB Cable 3.0

ThinkTank Perception Pro Backpack

BlackRapid Cross Shot

Sandisk ExtremePro SD memory cards

MacBook Pro 13inches

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