For this shot I was looking for something extremely dramatic (I know I sound like a broken record in that department by now). I put together a collaboration shoot with a few talented friends of mine. Take a look at their pages below:
For this particular shoot I used the following: (click for links to Amazon)
We chose a well-traveled abandoned factory in Detroit that had the exact dark and industrial look I was looking for to contrast with the bright colors of the clothing line we were shooting. To add some extra power to the image and to isolate the subject a bit more I shot with a wide open aperture; I zoomed into 120mm to enhance the subject isolation a bit more. It was bright outside but the cover of the factory tunnel let me use a simple entry-level speedlight and a shoot-thru umbrella to light this scene. I placed the umbrella about 5 feet from the model at a 45 degree angle camera-right. The speedlight was a cheap manual one so after some tinkering I ended up at 1/16 power for the exposure I wanted.
Camera Settings: (view this image full res on my Flickr page)
- Aperture: f2.8
- Shutter Speed: 1/200
- ISO: 400
- Focal Length: 120mm
After some basic retouching the main edits I did to get the look I wanted were a radial filter set to underexpose everything to the outside of it and I added some blues to the shadows and yellows to the highlights to get a "cinematic"-ish color grade effect.