Giving this series a second life . . .
I shot this series way back when I was a natural light photographer and didn’t give a jot about camera settings. It was a much simpler time when all I cared about was the final image.
Sometimes, I really want to go back to that mindset . . .
But, then again, may be I can no longer shoot at 1/10 sec without a tripod. The secret? Shoot in live view mode, try to hold the camera very still, inhale, hold your breath, click the shutter, and don’t exhale until the image shows up on the preview screen. (Since shoots like this can last 6+ hours per day, I don’t think it’s a very good idea).
The thing is, I don’t like using tripod, or even monopod. I like to move around, shoot from different sides and angles as the models move. It makes everything looks more fluid and natural instead stiff and overly posed.
Adjusting tripod heights, angles, and placements can only slow me down and cause me to loose potentially good shots. Even though you ask the models to do the exact same things they did a few minutes ago, the results are usually not exactly the same. Different mood, different level of spontaneity . . . etc
So, now, you know why Profoto B1 is one of my best inanimate friends. They are 100% cordless and can light my work pretty much anywhere. (No one is paying me to say this. I just love the monolight flash that much)
If you are wondering why these images look so different from the previous versions, it’s because – this time – I’m using the less-is-more method to post-process these images.
In the past, I felt so guilty when I didn’t spend 30+ minutes to post-process each photo. It’s So, I kept on going and retouched the photo even more even though I didn’t need to. It looks like the extra post-processing ruined the photos . . .
Photographer: MIU VERMILLION
Producer: MISS ANIELA
Stylist: LEONID GUREVICH
Make Up Artist: AYA KUDO
Hair Stylist: LORENZO DIAZ using SHULY WIGS
Model: ANNABELLE L.
Coat: PARADOX DESIGNS
Necklace and round ring: CLARA KASAVINA
Purple ring: MIRANDA HOPE
Bracelets: GBGH JEWELRY