Hi internet. Just 9 more days till christmas. And the question “Did you already buy all your presents?” seems omnipresent. Man how I hate this question… Of course I did not! I’m still struggling to come up with good ideas for my last two presents. Why am I so bad with this gift giving? Well, I expect it will be like every year and I’ll have to rush out on the 24th with all the other lemmings, to get some last minute gift. And even though, the time around christmas should be some quiet time, I think it’s the most stressful and most busy time a year. Well, except tradeshow season in May and June perhaps ;-). And as we’re already buzzing with energy right now, what would be better fitting than a hot action shot, with fire and explosions and all. So I met up with my buddy Ben on Saturday for a whole afternoon of hot action in my basement. Well, that sounds kinda wrong, doesn’t it? Anyhow, the whole shooting went great. As it turned out, Ben was just born for the role of an action hero. After checking the first shot after setting up the light, I knew it’ll gonna be a great shooting. Unlike last week, when I had to fiddle around for 2 hours to get the lighting right, everything turned out great, right from the beginning.
The post production of this was again pretty extensive. All pictures (except the explosion which I got from http://gamekiller48.deviantart.com/) were shot by myself. The background itself consists of 3 different pictures which I took on our trip to NYC this summer. Then I added the explosion and some layers with different particle, spark and smoke effects. With my model, I just did some regular skin cleanup and dodge & burning. Also, I brightened up the guns a bit, to let them pop a little more. Then I added some motion blur effects to add even more action to the picture and adjusted the lighting on my model to blend it with the background. Last but not least, I added some foreground effects (sparks, smoke) to add more depth and adjusted the overall colors of the whole picture to my liking.
For lighting I used 4 strobes this time. 2 gridded softboxes at 02:00 and 10:00 for the rim light. One strobe at 05:00 through umbrella above the model as mainlight. And one bar strobe from 08:00 pointed on the gun, to brighten up the gun a bit.
So long – Florian