A few weeks ago I was invited by Chelsea Model Academy to take part in one of their famous workshops where young and aspiring models from UK, Germany, Portugal and as far as Japan come to learn everything they need to know about modelling to take their careers to the next level.
We had fantastic team of professionals: business coach, fashion stylist, hair & make up stylist, acting coach, choreographer and… me. My job was to teach those young boys and girls all aspects of photo modelling.
If you are a model and reading this right now and if there was only one thing that you would take away from this post, please remember that GOOD LOOKS AND TALENT WILL GET YOU NOWHERE IF NOT SUPPORTED BY HARD, HARD WORK. (Did I mention hard work?)
Now, this part is a tech talk for my fellow photographers and I’m sure that rest of you will find it pretty booooring.
So here is the story.
I have packed up quite heavy, just in case (yeap I do have tendency to over do it 😉 All I knew was that the workshop takes place in large dance studio. How pleasantly surprised I was when I walked in to this nice and spacious room where two walls were made entirely out of windows and the other two were floor to ceiling mirrors. I had plenty of beautiful, natural light.
Great you would say, just take your camera out and shoot away! Well there was a little problem… those young models were really excited seeing all my lighting gear being carried into the room, they expected flashing lights, beeping triggers, buzzing fans etc. and I knew that I couldn’t let them down.
I had my trusty Elinchrom Style Rx heads with me, that can be set to really low power and that’s exactly what I did. I set a couple of them in the way that they were barely contributing to the overall exposure in order to take full advantage of this beautiful ambient light. This setup resulted in very nice, high key images where gorgeous, soft, window light is complemented by “kiss” of flash.
That’s it for today. Look out for new posts as I have another great story to share with you.