I bet you all know these weeks, where you have such big plans, but in the end, it just seems that all odds are working against you and nothing turns out as you wanted. For me, this week was such a week. I wasn’t travelling so much this week. So I thought that it will be a pretty relaxed week and that I will have some time to plan my picture. But it turned out differently. Not that there was something specific that occupied me the whole time. There rather were all these small things left undone up to now that just screamed to be attended to. So the week just rushed by and now it feels like nothing was done at all. So yesterday I finally found the time to take the picture, and after 2h trial and error shooting the picture was totally different from what I originally planned.
As I’m traveling a lot, I wanted to make a kind of business man / suitcase packing picture. The original idea was, to make a picture with two “Me’s”. One everyday me packing the suitcase. The other business me standing in front of the mirror readily dressed. As it turned out, my bedroom is just too damn small to pack myself in there two times. I just couldn’t find the right angle to get myself in the picture twice, without blocking the sight on the other me. So I thought well, if I just can’t get two of me in the picture, I at least bring in some color with my strobe gels. So my first idea was to get a nice cool blue look into the picture. But no matter how I adjusted the colored strobe I just couldn’t find a way to not let it look cheesy. So I thought, maybe it’s just the wrong color. So I tried green, purple and red until I accepted that this may not be the right picture for colored strobes.
So finally after a lot of futile testing and playing around, I changed the plan to the picture you are now looking at. As you probably can imagine, I’m not quite satisfied how it turned out.
I used 3 strobes again. I used my striplight on cam right as mainlight. I aimed the strobe at the mirror to also light up my front a little bit. I used the second strobe as fill light on cam left through my softbox. The third light was placed on the floor right between my feet, aimed at the mirror to give my dark trousers a little bit more structure.
So long – Florian