Behind the scenes of Royale Shapes 4K video with Fujifilm X-T2 and stills shoot

Royal Hair Salon contacted me to create a promotional video with their salon and some of their unique and creative concepts. For this production we worked with four amazing models from  Onway Models dressed by and  with jewlary  by Portuguese designer Valentim Quaresma. Their creation were so inspiring that I decided to take some  shots as well. 

Royale Shapes from JOAOCARLOSMEDIA on Vimeo.

Sofia C. from On Way Models

Eva Ribeiro 

Ines Almeida from On Way Models

To capture these stunning creations I used a Rapid box beauty dish from Westcott with a Profoto mount on a Profoto B1 off camera flash as main light and a Profoto B1 with a honeycomb and a Profoto B2 as rim light.

Eva Ribeiro posing on set
Rapid box beauty dish by Westcott with a Profoto mount on a Profoto B1 off camera flash

Behind the Scenes – Shapes from JOAOCARLOSMEDIA on Vimeo.

Mr Pedro Davim capturing some details for the video with the Fujifilm X-T2 on a Promedia Duoslider and using Ice Light to light the subject.


Fujifilm X-T2 on a Promedia Duoslider while filming. And used a Westcott Ice Light to set the mood.
Martin Champaloux smiling for camera while we get the gear ready.
Detail of the 3.0 inch, aspect ratio 3:2, approx. 1,040K-dot of the Fujifilm X-T2 while filming.

The setting we used to film the models.
To film the models we used two Ice Light on a BIC1 Modular Ball Mounting System in a V shape in front of the Fujifilm X-T2 as a main light and a Flex by Westcott as hair light
We lit the salon using two Ice Light and a Flex to create a bright and clean look.
Me positioning the Fujifilm X-T2 with a Profoto Air on a Albert from Three Legged Things.

Diego Verissimo, Luis Salzedas, Sara Kruss Taborda, Pedro Davim and I all the work at their salon we went back to my studio to film some additional footage.

I really wanted to hi-light the color and the texture of some of the materials that they use so we use macro photography techniques to create awesome  details.
With the help from the Promedia Duoslider we captured details in motion of hair gel, hairspray and some other non related products that added to the overall quality of the film.
Here is the setup we used from a far.

In the image above you can see the Fujifilm X-T2 on the Promedia Duoslider. We used the Metabones adapter to use the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L macro IS USM. The ice light is great in this kind of situation because you can fit it almost anywhere due to its size

Team Royale
Martine Champaloux – Creative Director
Carlos Amorim – Hair Stylist
Ruben Bento – Hair Stylist
Beatriz Ferreira – Assistant
Carla Lopes – Styling

João Carlos – Director
Pedro Davim – Camera
Diego Verissimo – Camera Assistant
Luís Salzedas – Behind the Scenes
Pedro Davim / Rita Karayianni – Edition

Production team
Ira Leite Velho – Production
Sara Kruss Taborda – Make Up
Valentim Quaresma – Waredrobe

Sofia C. – On Way Models
Inês Almeida – On Way Models
Eva Ribeiro
Beatriz Barbosa

Products by

Retrospective Leather 30 by Thinktank
Fujifilm X-T2
Fujifilm X-T1 Silver Edition
Fujinon XF Super EBC 14mm f/2.8
Fujinon XF Super EBC 27mm f/2.8
Fujinon XF Super EBC 35mm f/1.4
Fujinon XF Super EBC 56mm f/1.2
Fujifilm extra battery
Fujifilm flash
Sandisk extreme pro SD cards
3 Legged Thing Tripod
Fujifilm microfiber lens cloth
G-Drive ev 1 Tb

Pelican 1510 case
2x B2 Off-Camera Flash Heads
1x B2 250 AirTTL Battery Pack
2x Li-Ion Batteries
1x Battery Charger
1x Air Remote TTL Transceiver
1x B2 Extension cable 3m
1x OCF Barndoors
1x OCF Snoot
1x 10 Degree OCF Honeycomb Grid
1x 20 Degree OCF Honeycomb Grid
1x 30 Degree OCF Honeycomb Grid

The Pelican 1510 Case is my on-location lighting case, because of its sturdiness and ability to take a beating. It’s so sturdy in fact that I’m able to stand on it and gain a few inches without fearing for my lighting kit.

2x Icelights Case
2x Batteries Chargers

B1 500 AirTTL Location Kit

2 x B1 Off-Camera Flashes
4 x batteries
1 x Fast Charger 4.5A  
1 x Car Charger 1.8A
1x barn doors
1x honeycomb