The Light Shaper: The Hazy Fashion Setup

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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

Setup: The Hazy Fashion Setup

Perfect when: You want to create a motion blur effect.

But also whenever: You want to shoot editorial type fashion and beauty video.

The assignment: I’d been curious about the ProDaylight since it was first introduced. Not so much for its obvious use in video, but for its potential applications in still photography. My impression was that the fact that ProDaylight allows me to use the same Light Shaping Tools that I’m used to would open up possibilities that normal HMI film lamps cannot provide. So, when Daisy Beauty Magazine asked me to do a hazy and slightly surreal beauty shoot, I decided it was time to give it a go.

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The setup: After considering a number of options, I decided that I’d use continuous light to shoot with long exposure times. This is, of course, impossible to do with flash unless you want to have the model sharp and the motion blur flowing from the sharp image. Shooting with long exposure times would allow me to create a sense of movement rather than freezing a moment in time. In addition, it would help achieve the hazy feel that the magazine was after.

As mentioned before, I really wanted to take the opportunity to use the same Light Shaping Tools that I’m used to – in this case the HR Softbox 2×3’ RF and the HR Softbox 3×4’ RF. Both softboxes were equipped with Softgrids to better control the fall off. The softbox standing camera left, which was used as hair light, also had a red color gel between the diffuser and the Softgrid to create a warmer and more intimate feel.

In brief, ProDaylight is obviously not a replacement for flash, but it’s a vital complement that opens up new possibilities for creative photographers. It can, of course, also be used together with flash to create the feeling of movement and get the sharpness that flash provides. But this was not the desired effect in this particular shoot.

If you have any questions, leave a comment below. I will do my best to answer asap!

 

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Ciao,

Andrea Belluso

 

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Comments (8)

  • Tomas Fredriksson

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    Nice to see your projects. Lots to learn I reckon. I´m impressed

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    • Andrea Belluso

      Andrea Belluso

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      Hi Tomas!
      Glad you like them!
      Thanks!!! :-)

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  • alex

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    Interesting…. :oI

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  • RVB

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    Love these shots Andre,did you use gels with the prodaylight?

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  • Andrea Belluso

    Andrea Belluso

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    RVB,
    I used coloured gels for the red effect on the hair, but no gels on the main light.

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  • Ariette

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    I wanted to do something similar to the main photo of this entry and i was wondering, how did you got the sharpness at the end of the photo? long exposure and then a flash???
    Thx

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    • Andrea Belluso

      Andrea Belluso

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      Dear Ariette! Sorry for the late reply but I just saw your post now while going through old posts for some reason.
      There is no flash being used in these images, just ProDaylight, which is continuous light, which is what I used in order to get the movement blur effect that I wanted to achieve.

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