BY LINDSAY ADLER
CAMERA: Canon 5D Mark III LENS: Canon 16-35mm f/2.8
EXPOSURE: f/11 at 1/200 sec ISO: 100 LIGHTING: Three Profoto D1
Air 500W/s monolights, Profoto Air Remote, gels (magenta, teal-
blue) ACCESSORIES: SpiderPro Hand Strap
I was extremely inspired by this model’s white gown, by designer
Leanne Marshall, and the way it delicately encircled her as she sat
on the floor. I decided it would look beautiful photographed like a
rainbow kaleidoscope. To achieve this vision, I used three Profoto D1 Air
500W/s monolights and a Profoto Air Remote as my remote trigger.
I started by placing a beauty dish with a grid to light her face and
torso, which created focus and glowing light on my subject without
allowing the main light to spill everywhere. Because I would be adding
gels, I didn’t want to overpower the scene with light. Gels show up better
in shadow areas, so the beauty dish grid allowed me to concentrate the
main light and therefore make the gels appear more pronounced and
richer in color.
Two barn doors were attached with gels to the front with gaffers tape.
I placed the magenta gel on the far left of the model to act as a rim
light, background light and to fill in the shadows. The white dress then
picked up the beautiful magenta colors throughout the left side, and the
shadows had a rich pink tone. I added a teal-blue gel to the right side
of the frame, pointed back at the subject. Those colors would fill in the
shadow areas on the dress, giving it bluish tones on the right side.
To really see the colors encircle her, I stood on a small stepladder.
Using a SpiderPro Hand Strap, I could hold the camera nearly directly
above the subject. A low angle would not have been as dynamic with the
shape and colors showcased here. Combining the high angle, the gels
and elegant pose of the model, I was able to transform the dress and
scene into something engaging and colorful.