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.
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.