Here’s a recent shoot for an aircraft leasing company, Seraph Aviation who are based in Dublin. This involved shooting staff portraits and their premises over 2 days – a commercial photographers typical assignment
The offices are bright and airy which meant I was able to utilise the option of combining ambient light with flash, alternating between using each as a main light and the other as a ‘fill’ light. This can be very troublesome, or work very well indeed. Its fair to say it worked out nicely here.
I used a Bowens Monobloc on a Wafer 140 softbox, a new piece of kit imported from the U.S. Its a very large light-fitting and gives an incredibly soft light to a very large area, and its ideal for environmental portraits and rooms, as well as a brolly and barn-door where needed, with copious amounts of reflectors.
The client wanted a general view of the offices, with portraits of people in their work situation. I lit these in advance and just let everybody get on with doing their tasks, interacting with the natural flow of what was happening.
For processing I applied a desaturated tone with a slight increase in contrast in Adobe Lightroom. I also reduced the levels of certain colours in photos across the range and did some individual retouching on specific photos removing some blemishes.
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