No boring background cloth or paper..! Everything was custom designed!!
There were about 22 professional photographers from all over Tamil Nadu ready at 9.30am on 5th January 2020. The creative portrait studio with multiple backgrounds created like a set on all sides including the walls, doors, windows and every single perspective was artistic and imaginative. The participants were surprised at the space and look of the studio and the rare creative props.
All the participants casually sat on the floor to understand the concept of the master class of KLR the photo guru. After explaining about the concept and the agenda for the day, I explained at-least 12 popular portrait lighting styles (Butterfly, Loop, Rembrandt, Split, Rim, Short, Broad, Double rim, Low key, High key, Top & Low light)
Soft boxes of various sizes, Octa box, strip light, beauty dish, grids, snoots, and other modifies for Elinchrom 400 lights were set ready for the shoot. The participants were briefed about the uses of all these modifies and made to choose them based on the beauty effects need for the shot. Though there were a lot of backgounds available in the studio, the appropriate BG was selected based on the dress and concept. We had an energetic female model Levi for the shoot. I explained the connection between the dress, background, pose and the choice of lighting.
We had Sony A7RIII camera with 24-70mm, 70-200mm,85mm lenses and the camera was connected to my laptop for tethering the shots. I demonstrated every shot and the participants tried their hand on and experimented the composition. Continuous reviews and feedbacks were given to all the participants. Every one got chances to shoot all the costumes. The details about the concepts and lighting were explained in the break between every costume change. The make-up was very professional and every one was involved in the shoot. It was about 7.00pm when we concluded the last dress – sari.
The master class was concluded after a question & answer session and the feedback from the participants. All the participants thanked me and Mr.Baabu (Prabhus’s Paradise Studio, Brindavan Road, Salem)
This studio is available for rent…!
I drove back to Chennai with the satisfaction of imparting the knowledge of studio lighting to most deserved photographers…!. I am ready to conduct my next master class…how about you participating..?