From Leo to Revelation | The Studio Shoot

I finally settle on a simple two light scheme: a strobe in an Elinchrom Deep Octa as the key light, high up camera left, way in front and almost perpendicular to the subject; a speedlight in an Orbis Ring (RIP) as fill, lower and on-axis. I’ve also added a silver reflector camera right to fill in some of the shadows. So yeah...technically a third “light source”.
— From Leo to Revelation | A Journey with the X-Pro2

The Christopher Pratt book started off as a simple prop. I had a vague idea of the type of images I wanted to make and picked it out of my studio bookcase—mostly because it felt like the right size and format for the shot. But that book ended up influencing the mood and palette of the pictures in a way I hadn't expected.

Technically, it's all there in the opening quote: Deep Octa as key on the left, speedlight in an Orbis Ring as on-axis fill, reflector to kick up the shadows on the right. Same setup for all the shots. I used the XF 35mm f/2 for the wide/environmental shots and the XF 56mm f/1.2 for the close-ups.

Study for a studio setup. Window light.

I shot this session while we were still on the initial firmware version which made it a bit of a struggle to stay in the zone: the EVF would flicker wildly after every shot and image preview (something I've come to rely on) didn't work at all. None of that affected image quality however...just my nerves.

The set-up took more time than the shoot itself but I'm quite happy with the results. There's something in these images that I find peaceful. 

Perhaps the tea and incense...;)


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