Designer Amanda Erickson

Assignment: To photograph Lasell College fashion graduate Amanda Erickson with models wearing her designs on May 12, 2012 at the School of Fashion at the college campus in Newton. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ G

Behind the Scenes:
When I spoke with the designer the previous night, she neglected to mention there would be this many models involved in the photo shoot. Usually I say the more the merrier, but, in this case the problem was that I planned accordingly and only brought a one-head light kit.

This is a setup which normally works great for portraits of one to two people max. Never did I have to try to light this many subjects with only one light before.

So my challenge was: How do I maximize the only source of light I can control?

  • I decided to go with bare bulb on the head with a small silver reflector on the light.
  • Then, I bounced it on the ceiling, knowing that because the ceiling was white and low the light would spread pretty evenly among the subjects.
  • Also, the “look” of this collection was kind of punk – industrial with Gothish palettes – so the stark black and white worked best in my opinion.

Tech Stuff:

One Travel Lite kit, this is the Calumet brand. One lens: 24- 70mm 2.8, one camera: D3s, ISO 100, Speed: 1/250th of a second, WB: Flash.