April 4, 2017

So the story goes that I had agreed to help out covering a local charity catwalk event for "Fighting Leukemia with Fashion".  It is important to help and contribute within your local community in any way you can as you never know what the future will bring.  


If you wish to know more about this organisation or just help out do not doubt to contact them. Link Below:






At said event I met a model called Persia Moore.  You tend to train your eye to see potential and as a matter of fact Persia is all that.  Since I had already scouted the other model this meant that I had the two models I was looking for.  A blonde and brunette model.






Castillo de Colomares was to be our chosen location.  This is a monument, in the form of a castle, dedicated to the life and adventures of Christopher Colombus.   It was built near Benalmádena in Spain, between 1987 and 1994. Covering an area of 1,500 meters, it is the largest monument in the world to the explorer, but also contains the smallest church in the world.


As you can see hair and make-up had been prepared beforehand in order to travel to said location and start straight away.  The other changes would be made on location when the time was right.


The conditions were not exactly perfect. It was a very hot day, the sun was high and it was particularly hitting this location till late evening so the only solution is to use good 'quality of light'.




Quality Of Light


When referring to the quality of light, this term has nothing to do with whether light is good or bad. The word quality refers to the physical properties, traits, or characteristics of the light. These properties include the softness or hardness, the shape, the color, and the intensity of the light.


A little confusing, I know, but it’s just one of the many quirks of the English language. If it helps, try to remember there is no such thing as good or bad light; only light more suitable for a different subject.


In terms of reflectors, it is important to understand how they modify your light.


Softness and hardness are affected by the apparent size of your light source. If you move your reflector closer to your subject, you get softer light. If you take it further back, you get harder light. The same applies to different sized reflectors. A larger reflector, at the same distance from the subject as a smaller one, will produce softer light, while the smaller one (in the same position) will produce harder light. However, if you put the larger one farther away from the subject, and the smaller one closer – they may become equal.


When swapping between the colors on your 5-in-1 reflector, from white to silver for example, the properties of the light you are altering are the color and the intensity. Providing that the reflector hasn’t moved, a silver and a white reflector will give the same softness/hardness of light. However, a silver reflector will reflect more light than a white one, thereby providing more intensity. Because of this, anytime you change out your reflectors, you will also need to alter your exposure settings.

Additionally, using a different colored reflector will change the color of the light and you may need to alter your white balance settings. The exception to this is when using a gold reflector which is often done to intentionally add a color cast to the image.


Anyhow I am a great fan of using reflectors and I had recently purchased a new 110x170 cm [5 in 1] reflector as shown below. It takes time getting used to them because of their size, my assistant loves me for this! 




 Our key at this editorial was that the styling needed to look good. The models amazing and last but not least show off this amazing location.  Below I have posted the images of the shoot and I hope I made it justice.