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My good friend Ben McKenzie and I were discussing some photos that Ben could use for publicity. We decided to start with a traditional black and white head shot that could be used as an avatar for Twitter (@labcoatman) and other online uses, and could also be printed and handed out when needed.
The aim of the photo was to let Ben’s personality come to the fore, so I decided to use the classic Hollywood-style clam shell lighting. One umbrella is placed directly in front and slightly above the victim’s eyeline with a second umbrella lower down and set two stops below the main light to fill in the shadows and put light in the eyes. The white back drop is a piece of foamcore clamped to a stand.
It is a simple setup and one that gives very even results. The rest I left up to Ben.
And yet again…
I planned a pleasant three-day weekend in Launceston, Tasmania. Little did I know when I set off that a volcano in Chile would scramble the holiday and most of the following week.
The volcanic ash cloud drifted into Australian air space and shut down all flights to and from Tasmania. The party I was travelling with decided to come home by boat from Devenport. The overnight Bass Straight crossing was smooth, but not a journey I wish to repeat. There is a reason why aeroplanes were invented.
But, the early morning light and occasional mists in and around Launceston were great photographic inspiration. Photos to follow.
I enjoyed my first time shooting at Dungeon Crawl so much that I have returned twice. Apart from the fun of the show, I am learning much more about controlling the camera under difficult conditions, following moving actors and getting some fun images that can be used for publicity.
From left to right: Jimmy James Eaton, Brenna Courtney Glazebrook, Casey Bennetto, Karin Muiznieks