FAILED EXECUTION, STUNNING RESULTS. ATTEMPTING TO USE V FLATS AS A GOBO.
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FAILED EXECUTION, STUNNING RESULTS. ATTEMPTING TO USE V FLATS AS A GOBO.

During the thick of the pandemic shut down, I began going through a creative drought with studio work. I had just signed the lease to my first self-owned studio when the economy closed down. Although I was finding other ways to stay creative and fresh mainly with food photography projects, creating my art in the studio wasn’t possible. That was until towards the end, when we started to see dates on the opening phases here in Kentucky. I started planning a couple of ideas with my creative wingmate, Shirin where we could both make use of the studio space and new ideas. One of my ideas was a monochromatic high fashion look with moody or dramatic lighting. I wanted to create a 3/4 portrait using the “slice of hard light” technique, something that I’ve never tried.

After mulling over how I could possibly achieve this with my existing gear, I looked at my foldable V-Flats from V-Flat World. I remembered that where they Velcro together you can leave a gap where light could escape. In theory I thought this would create the results I envisioned. So I set up the studio using two Profoto B1Xs, 1 V-Flat and 1 shitty snoot made out of black cine foil. On camera left I had snoot for a tight pop of hair light, and on camera right I had the other strobe firing into the V-Flat’s gap I left open.

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