Andrea Belluso is an experienced photographer with more than three decades in the business. Over the years, Andrea has shot everything and everyone from supermodels and celebrities to fashion, beauty and stock photography. In addition, Andrea works as a light shaper evangelist at the Profoto headquarters in Stockholm.
Once a month Andrea shares one of his recently used setups. He is also available to answer any questions you might have. Just leave a comment or tweet us at @Profoto
This month’s setup: The Futuristic Setup
Perfect when: You want a futuristic, slightly eerie atmosphere.
But also whenever: You want an image dominated by dramatic shadows.
The assignment: When the Swedish men’s underwear company Liias asked me to do an inspirational campaign in a futuristic, Mad Maxish kind of style, I decided the overall feeling should be dominated by shadows. This to give it a modern but somewhat eerish atmosphere. Can you guess what tools I used to achieve this effect?
The setup: The answer is Snoots, the HR Lantern and the MultiSpot, as these tools make it a lot easier to focus on the highlights and leave the rest in shadow. The tools were used in different combinations depending on what I wanted to highlight. Bare in mind that this was an inspirational image campaign. In other words, there was no necessity to show the actual products in detail. The feeling was the important thing in this shoot.
I generally love working with Snoots and spotlights, such as the Multispot. I often say that they are the equivalent of a painter’s thin brushes, allowing you to work with detail and highlights. It is also worth mentioning that Profoto offers me a unique way of using snoots. The fact that the Profoto Snoot is mounted on the standard Zoom Reflectors means that I can use the unique zoom function to focus the effect of the snoot in different ways, giving me much more freedom than with snoots of other brands.
I also love working with lanterns, such as the HR Lantern, since they produce very interesting shadows with the light coming from above. The thing with lanterns is that they are traditionally designed for video, providing a top light that spreads evenly on a large area. But since the Profoto HR Lantern has flags on each side that can be lowered, I can control the light spread and decide how far I want it to go. Because of this I often use the lantern for editorial or inspirational images to give me nice shadows determined by either the model’s face contours or by the folds of a garment, accentuating the cloth structure.
All in all, this is a small example of using Light Shaping Tools in other ways than they were originally intended to. But remember that there is no right or wrong in photography – only an infinite number of possibilities.
I hope you enjoy these images and that they inspire you to come up with your very own creative ways to utilize the featured Lght Shaping Tools.
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