One of my latest jaunts abroad with Billionaire.com was to the well known party island of Ibiza. A lads on tour pick of the bunch. It is also renowned for its beautiful beaches and islands dotted near Fortmentucra, and for this very reason it lends itself to be a great location for filming and photography, the very reason we headed out there.
While I was out there we had two photoshoots to complete, one of which I will show the behind the scenes photos here to the article now live on the website – Balearic Beauty photographed by Andy Barnham.
Unfortunately I do not have many to show as I had to control and hold a 6ft x 4ft sun swatter which requires both hands and a strong back. I shot with a 5D MKII with a 50mm 1.8 lens attached to my hip with the Peak Design Capture Clip System on my belt. THE best bit of kit I own.
The team consisted of 6 people: Photographer (Andy Barnham), Photography Assistant (me), Fashion Director (Antonia Chang), Make-up artist/Hair Stylist and Model. The 6th person was the delightful daughter of the owner of the location we shot at who wanted to help out and learn the ropes.
Kit consisted of the following:
Canon 5D MkIII – x2.
Canon 24-70mm f.2.8 IS USM Mk II lens – portrait lens.
Canon 70-200mm f.28 IS USM Mk II lens – telephoto lens.
Canon Speedlight 580EXII – x2.
Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 – x4
6ft x 4ft Sunbounce Sun Swatter with 2/3rd stop sheet.
5-in-1 105cm reflector.
80cm silver/white reflector.
Softboxes for flash guns.
Stands – x2.
Laptop – with photo editing software.
1TB Lacie Hard Drive – used to back up all the cards as we went along.
Various leads, batteries and memory cards (CF).
As we knew the weather was going to be good (end of August), the flash was only to be used as fill-in in the most trickiest of situations, but it turned out we didn’t require them at all. However it is always good to have them to hand.
Our main approach to the photography was to use the sun swatter to cast an even and balanced shade over the model eradicating the harsh shadows under the eyes, nose and chin, which would have been created by the high sun. To add the moulding and even lighting to the models face, the 105cm reflector was used to bounce light at the correct angle. (expertly held by the owner’s daughter.)
My main role as an assistant is to ensure that all the equipment is in the correct place before, during and after each shot. Also to have on my person at all times fresh batteries and clean memory cards. As soon as a card with images on was given to me, it gets placed in a dedicated pocket so I know exactly which ones need downloading. When a suitable break emerges (usually after a look is completed) I upload to the computer and then back up on to the Lacie Drive. This way it ensures we have double of everything. An organised filing system on the computer is a must, so when we get back to HQ and we start to edit we can easily locate what is where.
So here are some of the shots from the day’s shoot. Like I said earlier I would have taken more but had to handle a monster for the day.
“Over the last three or four years, high-level executives from luxury brands have repeated to me over and over that [philanthropy] was becoming more important to them and to their customers,”
Christian Barker, CEO, editor in chief of Billionaire.com.
Last week I was in New York helping backstage with the Global Festival for Billionaire.com on the Great Lawn in Central Park. An amazing concert where 1.3 billion was pledged for the fight against poverty.
Some of my top shots I managed to take during sound checks of The Black Keys. I spent most of the event night live editing for 60,000 spectators.
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
Fiskens – London’s top classic car dealership. Charming gentleman too. – http://bll.nr/00bbc
My top selection:
Not Superman or Batman i’m afraid.
‘Hero Image’…the term used for images/illustrations/photographs that are placed in the most prominent position to grab readers when they land on a website.
Below are two examples that use two of my photos: