I was commissioned by the Wellington City Council to do a studio shoot for a promo they are running on the upcoming open day at the Carter Observatory. The brief was to photograph a little boy looking into a telescope in front of a white wall (for cut out purposes). The photo is for an insert that runs in the Dominion Post Newspaper. I ended up taking a full studio set up just in case. It turned out the room had a suitable white wall so I did not end up using all by background stands and seamless backdrop. I did however end up using 4 lights. Two for the model and two to evenly light the wall.
A major challenge was time. When I arrived we had to wait for the room to be vacated, then as soon as we walked in the talent arrived. They were super relaxed parents and took a 5 min walk with their son. I was then a bit of a rush to get the 4 lights set up and firing. Instead of testing the lights, I just guessed the power ratios (1/4 on bare bulb flashes in the background and 1/4 power on the softbox and umbrella fill in the foreground). I had the model stand in while I shot some test frames, adjusting the aperture on the camera to get a nice, balanced exposure. With kids, if they loose interest its hard to get them back- so I just got him involved with the lighting tests and we started shooting immediately.
I liked the fact that even though it was a pretty challenging shoot in terms of the numbers of lights- it was still a fun shoot for the model and for me. Having the technical side handled enabled for the shoot to flow naturally and have a real pace. A well natured child that wants to participate really helps too!