Cosplay photoshoot: S.H.I.E.L.D Training Day

Cosplay photoshoot: S.H.I.E.L.D Training Day

Probably one of the most crack-filled shoots I’ve done in a while, I took on the S.H.I.E.L.D Training Day shoot for Gigi, breathless_ness and Christie. We shot at a private gym in an office complex (thanks to Christie and her family connections), and decided to start with a relatively bright look. This would allow either stock-image type looks, or a kind of futuristic/slick kind of look (think J.J. Abrams-class lens flares). It is the latter that I opted with in post.

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To get the look of a sun-drenched gym going (or more specifically, a training facility in a flying ship), I deployed an AlienBee modded with a big parabolic silver umbrella outside the window of the gym. While the massive umbrella acts like a big sail and is highly susceptible to falling over, the good thing about shooting at a gym is the ability to use weights which are already on site to weigh down the light stand. Additional highlights were provided with bare zoomed in flashes or gridded flashes.

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By raising ambient in a directional manner via the parabolic umbrella with a powerful light outside, I can simulate window light without explicitly having light targeted at the cosplayers. Basically, it’s a way to boost ambient light, and then use the extra flashes inside to provide hair light for the finished edgy look.

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The “DISCIPRINE” shot

Overall, much fun with the shoot, especially crack-worthy once Gigi started doing her Tony Stark faces, which looked more like “I just saw some porn on my iPad” faces.

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