Special thanks goes to Miriam Wong from DM Make-up & Beauty for the amazing make-up & hair work, Raymond Tan of Keat Camera for allowing me to do the shoot there and Chen Huen Phuei from Regnum Worldwide who loaned me some additional Elinchrom equipment to make the shoot possible.
The main concept for the shoot was to use a basic lighting setup to photograph a model with interesting make-up; based on that I would say this was a successful and fun shoot. The following lighting diagram is the basic lighting setup that was used with slight variations throughout the shoot.
For the first series of shots, we set out to light the model in a really typical method using a large softbox to the left of the model. The softbox was placed slightly higher than the model’s head and about 3′ away so to light the left of the model at roughly 45deg above the model. A large 100cm Deep Octa with outer diffuser and a white reflector was used so that colors remain pure and the lighting soft & flattering with adequate fall-off as not to light too much of the dark gray backdrop.
The next set is a little more interesting as the Deep Octa was swapped out of for a 37cm reflector with a diffussion sock and later to the 18cm reflector with grid as the main light; some shots were also done without the fill light to model right and/or without the background light.
And since we were shooting at Keat Camera, it is customary for me to ask them for one of their cameras / gear so that we can include it in the shoot; this time we used a rare Russian or Soviet-made Leica rangefinder clone (or so I was told) but clone or not, it did look really good when the model was holding it.
Another note-worthy aspect of the shoot was there was group a big group of photographers and everyone got their chance to take the shots they wanted using the strobes and that is all thanks to Elinchrom’s great Skyport+ system; for most of the shoot, there are 2 transmitters in use : a EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS for Canon and a EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus; the Plus HS was mostly on my camera or a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, the Transmitter Plus had a way more interesting “journey”, it was passed between a myriad of cameras from the Fuji XT1 to Nikon D300s, D700, D810 and one time even a Sigma DP3… and sometimes without even getting switched off (Don’t try this at home :P).
It was amazing to me, the strobes and attached flashes fired without missing a beat; often alternating between getting triggered by 2 different transmitters. Though some that know me consider me somewhat of a Elinchrom fanboy or that I get paid for saying good things about them but be assured, I don’t get paid and the only reason I say good things about their equipment is because I truly enjoy using them.
The following is a small gallery of some other shots including BTS and a group photo; thank you for Raymond from Keat for the great BTS shot and Siah Tiong Meng for his amazing group photo. I can’t wait for the next shoot!
Canon EOS 5Ds-R, Canon EF 85L f/1.2L II, GOSSEN DIGISKY lightmeter, Elinchrom EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS, 2x Canon 600EX-RT on manual triggered by Elinchrom EL-Skyport Receiver Plus, 2x Elinchrom ELB400 with 1x Pro head, 1x HS head, Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Deep Octa 100cm, 14cm reflector with frosted diffuser, 18cm reflector, 20deg grid for 18cm reflector and various other “stuff” 😛
Equipment loaned from Regnum Worldwide Sdn Bhd
Elinchrom EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus, 37cm reflector with diffuser “sock”