Zoe versus the Photographer

Photo shot by Bjorn Hansen.

Photo shot by Bjorn Hansen.
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Behind The Lens

This photo was shot by my good friend Bjorn Hansen in his studio of Zoë West and me during a photo shoot.
It was 10:00 AM on 8th May 2015. We were finishing off a set and it seemed like a good opportunity to sneak in some quick behind-the scenes shots before moving on to the next set.
The lighting setup was pretty straightforward. We had two strobes in softboxes to the left and to the right, triggered by a remote transmitter attached to the camera's hotshoe.
Canon 50mm Mk III, Sigma 70-200mm 1:2.8 APO DG HSM lens at 70 mm, 1/125 sec f/5.6. Two studio strobes in softboxes on lightstands.
As part of a photo shoot, I like to capture some of the spirit and fun of the session. So whenever I get the chance, I'll shoot a few behind-the-scenes photos. Usually, that means getting another person to assist to press the camera's shutter. Technically, I can also do this using a remote triggering mechanism, but it does make it trickier.
Post-processing consisted of a slight reduction on the overall exposure and an increase in contrast. Some highlights shadows adjustments were also applied. Finally, a crop was applied to remove a softbox from the right of the frame.
In my camera bag
I carry far too much equipment, but I never know what I'm going to need until I get there. So typically, I carry: two Canon 5D Mk III bodies, Canon 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM lens, Sigma 70-200mm 1:2.8 APO DG HSM lens. Canon 50mm 1:1.4 lens, five Speedlite 600EX RT flashes, Speedlite ST-E3-RT transmitter, Sekonic L478 light meter, Stofen Omni-Bounce flash diffusers, assortment of Rogue FlashBender gels and light modifiers, Blackrapid DOUBLE camera strap, CF and SD memory cards, Maha Powerex 2700 mAh Rechargeable AA NiMH Batteries, Manfrotto 190CF tripod with 496RC2 head, two Manfrotto NanoPole light stands, Lastolite Quad flash bracket, and Lastolite TriFlash Bracket by Joe McNally.
This photo is all about fun. It shows the connection between model and photographer. So it's really important to establish mutual trust and respect for each other. Open and honest communication is extremely important too. It's all about teamwork and collaboration. Park your ego some place else.

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