A few weeks ago I was asked to join a buch of other photographers to test some Rosco products. Most photographers know Rosco for their gel sample books ir strobist kits. But they make a whole lot more than just that. Rosco is a pretty big name in the theatre and cinema world and is now aiming for the photography market. Thats were we came in.
With a 19th century fortress as our backdrop. We could each choose a modifier of choice. I’m a huge fan of the Rosco Litepad Loop so I was very keen on testing the other Litepads. Which I did… in the dungeon.
In my work I usually work with strobe lights rather then continuous light. Being an LED based lightsource. The Lightpads are continuous and gave me a chance to experience a completely different way of working.
Using 2 tungsten based Litepads (3200K), a speedlight (5500K) and a fog machine. I was able to create a mood that matched with the atmosphere. The big Litepad was “barndoored” with some Cinefoil (blackfoil). Which is a sort of aluminium foil but heavier so it holds whichever shape you give it. In the back there is a smaller Litepad that acted as a hairlight. In the cell is Jef (serving his sentence during the shoot) and he’s holding an Nikon SB-900 that creates a colder light through the holes of the door. (thanks Jef!). More details in the lighting diagram below.
My second setup was a lot more simple. For this portrait of Jill. I wanted to keep it cold and moody. This time my main light was a big Litepad (HO) with is a daylight balanced Litepad. The back light is a Lupolux 600 HMI which was standing outside the fortress and creating a beam of light coming through a small window.