An average of 10-12 different outfits had to be photographed for a fashion editorial. All the images together – at least in approach – tell a story and fit together visually. The magazine’s art director ultimately decides which of the images meet the requirements and will be printed.
We had a total of five hours for this photo shoot, as this was all the time that was organisationally possible at the airport. In addition, I had decided to offer a short teaser film to go with the magazine editorial. All the film was taken with the model, therefore, also had to be realised during this five-hour period.
I usually prefer an actor to a model as they are more able, to empathise with the fictional story. With Werner Schreyer, we had an experienced model with acting experience. The perfect mix.
Unfortunately, the weather did not turn out as forecasted and we had to take the shots in the hangar because the clothes were not allowed to get wet. The cloudy sky was now our fixed light source – the biggest natural softbox of all. This also worked in the closed hangar, as it is fitted with semi-transparent material.
With the broncolor flash and HMI lights we had brought with us, we were able to complement the respective lighting situation, depending on the direction in which we photographed. The light had to appear natural, despite the use of artificial light which was was a big challenge.
Added to this was the fact that we were under great time pressure and had to photograph and film simultaneously. This meant that we were lighting with both flash and continuous light at the same time. The lights stood directly next to each other in order to illuminate or trigger the flash from the same direction as much as possible. With the film camera (Red Dragon), the aperture was adjusted to the respective strengths of the HMI lights. With the photo camera (Hasselblad H4D), the aperture was more closed and adapted to the strength of the flashes.
Thus, we could prevent the HMI light affecting the photos too strongly. As the Red camera shoots 100 frames per second in RAW, we finally had enough footage between the flash releases to cut the teaser together.
Light equipment used
- HMI DW 800 broncolor
– HMI DW 200 broncolor
– Move set with 2 broncolor lights
– Octabox 150 and 75
– Softboxes for HMIs
A big thank-you to all those who participated:
- Brigitte Margareta Wilhelm for the fashion direction and Styling / – Victoria Steiner for assisting the Stylist/ – Paulus Brügmann for the direction of Photography/ – Lukas Linder for assistance during filming/ – Jehan Radwan for the grooming/ – Maurin Bisig for assisting the Photographer/ – Anja Müller for the production/ – Martin Bäbler for the Cineflex takes/ – Werner Schreyer from Option Models, Zürich
Photographer and Filmer
Sandro Baebler was born 1985 in Glarus, Switzerland.
After an apprenticeship as a graphic designer and an intense around the world trip he started his own business in summer 2011.The young autodidact already worked for magazines like ELLE, GQ and L`OFFICIEL HOMMES. His focus is on portrait, men fashion and Beauty.