LA PHOTOGRAPHIE DE MODE MASTERCLASS PAR JOAO CARLOS


 

Beauty is in the Light

Biscarrosse Masterclass WS

Recently I was in the little town of BiscarrosseFrance, where I was teaching my beauty is in the light masterclass. In this class, I discuss everything from shooting on location with Strobes, model direction, lighting, Styling and Makeup direction and conceptualizing. Further, we also had a beauty session and a portrait session I even took a series of portraits of my students.

The workshop took place at Hangar Pierre Georges Latécoère, the afternoon hands-on technical part of the masterclass counted with the technical support from MMF Pro who brought out all the goodies. Speaking of goodies Fujifilm France loaned us some of their premium products like the Fujifilm GFX-50s, X-H1 and XT-2 and X-Pro 2.
One of my favorite images, if not my favorite of the masterclass weekend is this image on Top.
One of my favorite images, if not my favorite of the masterclass weekend is this image on Top.

 

- touching up the model's makeup during the beauty photoshoot and a quick browse through the photos on the back of the Fujifilm GFX 50s. - touching up the model's makeup during the beauty photoshoot and a quick browse through the photos on the back of the Fujifilm GFX 50s.

- touching up the model's makeup during the beauty photoshoot and a quick browse through the photos on the back of the Fujifilm GFX 50s.

 

BIG THANKS TO FUJIFILM FRANCE

Who loaned us some of their premium products like the Fujifilm GFX-50s, X-H1, XT-2 and X-Pro 2. Plus, a beautiful collection of diverse glass pictured below.
You can read more about Fujifilm GFX-50s here, and about Fujifilm X-H1 here.

Big thanks to top FujiFilm France who loaned us some of their premium products like the Fujifilm GFX-50s, X-H1 and XT-2 and X-Pro 2 plus a beautiful collection of diverse glass pictured below.

A group photo of the participants of the Beauty is in the Light Masterclass  Workshop Biscarrosse France April 2018
A group photo of the participants of the Beauty is in the Light Masterclass  Workshop Biscarrosse France April 2018

 

The airplane hangar of the Biscarrosse Lake Airfield was my set on the first day of the workshop.
The airplane hangar of the Biscarrosse Lake Airfield was my set on the first day of the workshop.

 

We had technical support from MMF Pro and used Westcott Rapidboxes and Eyelighters, as seen in the picture.
We had technical support from MMF Pro and used Westcott Rapidboxes and Eyelighters, as seen in the picture.

The participants of the workshop had the opportunity to test premium gear from Fujifilm France. Here are the Fujifilm GFX 50s, X-H1 and the light X-Pro 2 in the hands of the attendees. The participants of the workshop had the opportunity to test premium gear from Fujifilm France. Here are the Fujifilm GFX 50s, X-H1 and the light X-Pro 2 in the hands of the attendees. The participants of the workshop had the opportunity to test premium gear from Fujifilm France. Here are the Fujifilm GFX 50s, X-H1 and the light X-Pro 2 in the hands of the attendees.
The participants of the workshop had the opportunity to test premium gear from Fujifilm France. Here are the Fujifilm GFX 50s, X-H1 and the light X-Pro 2 in the hands of the attendees. The participants of the workshop had the opportunity to test premium gear from Fujifilm France. Here are the Fujifilm GFX 50s, X-H1 and the light X-Pro 2 in the hands of the attendees.The participants of the workshop had the opportunity to test premium gear from Fujifilm France. Here are the Fujifilm GFX 50s, X-H1 and the light X-Pro 2 in the hands of the attendees.
 - The participants of the workshop had the opportunity to test premium gear from Fujifilm France. Here are the Fujifilm GFX 50s, X-H1 and the light X-Pro 2 in the hands of the attendees.

 

Day two of the Workshop Masterclass

Started with the continuation of my talk, but a little more focused on portrait and beauty lighting in the studio and on location.
After that, we took our models on location outdoors. Where I focused on working with reflectors, multiple lights and diffusers like the omega reflector.
 Images from the second day of the workshop masterclass.Taken with natural light only.
Images from the second day of the workshop masterclass.Taken with natural light only. Images from the second day of the workshop masterclass.Taken with natural light only.
 - Images from the second day of the workshop masterclass.Taken with natural light only.
Showing the direction of the light and starting my talk at the begining of the second day of the masterclass workshop.
Showing the direction of the light and starting my talk at the begining of the second day of the masterclass workshop.
 
You can get some pretty simple results at low cost with quick set up time.
You can get some pretty simple results at low cost with quick set up time.

 

The Omega Reflector is a cool multiple handy light shaping tool. That’s basically a donut reflector, that you can shoot through. We often think that we should hold reflector from below, but I prefer holding it from above thus imitating the sun and not creating cross shadows.

The Omega Reflector is a cool multiple handy light shaping tool. That’s basically a donut reflector, that you can shoot through.
Usually, we think that we should hold reflector from below, but I prefer holding it from above thus imitating the sun, preventing cross shadows.

 

In this set I am using a mixed lighting, a GODexx strobe with a RapidBox to control the light over the models and another strobe without modulators to give some highlights on the left side.
In this set I am using a mixed lighting. A GODexx strobe with a RapidBox to control the light over the models and another strobe without modulators giving some highlights on the left side.
In this set I am using a mixed lighting. A GODexx strobe with a RapidBox to control the light over the models and another strobe without modulators giving some highlights on the left side.

 

A macro beauty shot with the Fujifilm GFX 50s.
A macro beauty shot with the Fujifilm GFX 50s.
With the Fujifilm GFX 50s it is really possible to see the details of the skin.
With the Fujifilm GFX 50s it is really possible to see the details of the skin.

For these images, I used one Rapidbox and an Eyelighter to assure even lighting and soft shadows, but let the makeup shine. For these images, I used one Rapidbox and an Eyelighter to assure even lighting and soft shadows, but let the makeup shine.

- For these images, I used one Rapidbox and an Eyelighter to assure even lighting and soft shadows, letting the makeup shine.
For the afternoon we created three single light studio environments in the hangar. All of them quite practical and reliable in a small set environment.
For the afternoon we created three single light studio environments in the hangar. All of them quite practical and reliable in a small set environment.
 

 

Eventually, we had time to take advantage of the beautiful end of the day. Going for a quick flight on the hydro airplanes.

 

We still had time to take advantage of the beautiful end of the day and go for a quick flight on the hydro airplanes.
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Lastly, the group came together then we had a wonderful dinner and socialized. Here are some great moments I took with my Fujifilm x100f.

   

The last picture from my masterclass weekend that I took was of my host and producer Hélen Cubino, right before taking my train back to Bordeaux. A big thanks to her, without her this whole workshop masterclass would have never happened.
The last picture from my masterclass weekend that I took was of my host and producer Hélen Cubino, right before taking my train back to Bordeaux. A big thanks to her, without her this whole workshop masterclass would have never happened.

Read more about my previous masterclasses:

Masterclass in Prague
Masterclass in Martinique

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 Fujifilm 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

Traveling with my ThinkTank Naked Shape Shifter backpack. Fits easily in a small airplane's overhead bin which is great! Traveling with my ThinkTank Naked Shape Shifter backpack
-Traveling with my ThinkTank Naked Shape Shifter backpack. Fits easily in a small airplane's overhead bin which is great!
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
SMDV 360BRIHT flash head
SMDV Standard Reflector BR-120
SMDV SpeedBox-A80 octogonal softbox
Westcott RapidBox Collapsible Beauty Dish
Westcott Eyelighter 2
Westcott Omega Reflector 360
Westcott Scrim Jim
TetherTools TetherPro USB Cable 3.0
ThinkTank Naked Shape Shifter 17 V2 Backpack
BlackRapid Cross Shot
Sandisk ExtremePro SD memory cards
MacBook Pro 13inches

 


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