Camera Equipment and accessories I use when undertaking a corporate headshot shoot.
When I undertake a headshot shoot the camera equipment and accessories I take are all portable. For this reason, it’s important for my clients to not be away from the workplace for too long. As a result, this saves them time and money by taking the studio to them.
Consequently, being away from the Office brings challenges with it. Therefore if you forget a piece of kit this could cancel the shoot. For this reason, I like to work from a list that I can alter depending on the shoot.
What do I take?
The important bits are:_
Normally for these items, I double up so that if one item fails I have a backup, yes, it happens.
A collapsible backdrop 2.4M x 2M with a choice of green or white background.
Three light stands, two for the lights and one for the backdrop.
Two-pocket wizards for remote control of the flash guns.
One pocket wizard controller to set the flash exposure remotely
Batteries for flash, pocket wizards and camera.
Battery charger for the camera, just in case.
Tripod to mount the camera on
Stand to mount the laptop on.
Laptop and leads.
Camranger to operate the camera remotely.
Lens cleaning cloth. These can be lifesavers when dust shows up.
Cables for cameras and lights.
Sandbag weights for light stands and backdrop
Reflectors. To help boost natural light.
Clamps of various sizes for holding down anything from fabric to backgrounds.
Bags and cases for everything.
Food and water. Snacks and hydration are keys to success on set.
In this case, the beauty of a list is that I take everything I require.
Accordingly, you have now had an insight into the equipment I take on a shoot. Therefore to book your session contact Martin to find out how he can improve your first impression.
Using a green screen backgrounds for events
Preparation for the event.
All things considered the event called for backgrounds that represented the decade of 1950’s. Cars of the period were the choice for this. The venue would not allow cars in and photographing outside was not an option. In the event cars could not be used and as a result green screen was chosen for the backdrop. With this in mind case images from Layer Cake Elements were used for superimposing in Photoshop.
The backdrop stands out as the bold chromatic colour. The trick is to try and evenly light it with the photography lights so as the light is even all over. Any creases will then disappear in the software process.
The guests are invited forward, and are posed in front of the backdrop. The positioning has to be far enough away to stop shadows appearing.
Green screen backgrounds processing.
The next step is to load the image onto the PC into Photoshop. Use the slect and mask tools to remove the green background. In this case the an image from Layer Cake Elements was used for the background.
The next stage is to place the diner picture behind the couples image. Look closely you will spot a slight green tinge on the image in places. You can easily remove this by creating a new layer in Photoshop. Now change the layer to hue and create a clipping path. For this reason you use the brush and eyedropper tool. Sample the colour next to the green hue then paint on the colour to the green tinge. You will see the green disappear.
Have a look at selection of the photos from the event here.
USING A GREY CARD TO COLOUR BALANCE IMAGES
A grey card is an item of equipment that every photographer should carry in there kit bag. This enables the photographer to have the correct white balance for the light that they are shooting their images under.
My choice is the XRITE Colour Checker Passport.
This piece of equipment works well with a RAW photo workflow. It has a grey card and two sets of colour swatches in a robust plastic case.
HOW TO USE THE XRITE COLOUR CHECKER PASSPORT
The white balance you set by using the lighting conditions your working under. Take a photo of the grey card under that light by getting as much as you can of the card in the lens space. Going into the cameras menu, set a custom white balance (see your cameras instruction manual).
You photograph the colour swatches next. You imported the image into Photoshop CC and create a DNG colour profile. Your created DNG profile is then used for all the images under the same light conditions you created the custom WB in. This cuts the guesswork out of colour in an image.
You can proceed to take your images under the same lighting conditions.
USING SOFTWARE TO PROCESS THE IMAGES
You use your camera set on the WB setting and import them onto a PC.
Import the images into Lightroom (or Bridge). Using the white balance selector (W) tool click on the grey card which moves the temperature slider to the correct setting. You can then synchronise all the images to the same temperature.
The colour swatch is exported into Colour Checker Passport program as a DNG file. Using the Passport this will create a colour profile for use in Lightroom or bridge (on restarting the programs). The profile;e will appear in the camera calibration profile section allowing all images to be synchronized.
Even though you have synchronized the images you will find that you may need to make individual changes to each image.
View this video on how to set custom white balance on a canon 5dmk2
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