Today I will give you an insight to our up and coming project, called “Girl With The Broken Heart” which I am really excited about.
It is one of these cases when despite advanced prep work, the whole venture had to be put on hold…
The Storeyboard and other drafted elements were sitting in the drawer for over two years, but today we are up and running.
And it looks like nothing can stop us!
So what is happening with the project at the moment?
Well… “Girl With The Broken Heart” is a Fantasy tale about an aching girl with a mysterious wizardry ancestors…
The girl possess powers she is not aware of and one of them is ability to harness the fire…
I think you are getting the picture, so let’s get back to photography!
Our goal is to achieve the fiery effect, without use of Photoshop and without the need of exposing our model to the real flames.
To endow our witch with flames I came up with alternative version of the costume.
I thought that feathers could successfully mimic a fire…
… it took me over 8hours to put this headpiece together. Taking under consideration that every single feather was glued individually I am happy with that mock-up.
To achieve a mentioned effect I decided to use a mixed lighting technique, where we will use a fast flash duration – for freezing the subject – with a modelling light as a continuous light source to burn the movement.
To complement the scene we used a photographic gel.
Here is a short video from the test shoot:
This technique has a really exciting potential! You can apply this effect to many different photography genres, like sports or bridal.
Knowing the basics on how to match the colour of your light sources i.e. flash – close to daylight white balance and continuous – tungsten is essential.
You can do that very precisely by using right correction gel from online colour charts:
To capture a burning light trail effect you need to take two more factors under consideration:
- a long exposure
- and movement
During over one second exposure, using for left rim light a continuous warm modelling light hitting models head and back, you can ask the model to move or just shake the camera…
You will need a few takes to get used to, but try to experiment because it is well worth the effort!
We will keep you posted about this and other projects, and hopefully soon we will set a date for the actual shooting day!
All the best