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Lara Zankoul

Absurd Inventions

Jeff had the idea to re-create some of those funny inventions in a colourful and fashionable way. It sounded like a fun idea for me and a great addition to my fashion editorial portfolio. See this article -> 20 absurd inventions that didn’t quite catch up with time

For all these photos, I used my 2 Siros 800 L combined with the Octabox 150 and 90x120 Softbox. I shot the images in a grey corner in my studio.



The first absurd invention is called the “Blizzard Cones” from the 1930s. Before waterproof make up was invented, woman would wear those masks to protect their faces from stormy and rainy weathers.


For this first image, the Octabox 150 was used as a key light placed facing the model and the Softbox was used as a fill light.
Placing the Octabox perpendicularly and very close to the wall  also served as a background light at the same time, creating a nice highlight on the wall coming from the right. We started by trying to recreate the exact photos from the article but we soon realized that it was more interesting to create our own dynamic frames.


The hardest part of every photoshoot is the starting point, especially during experimental photoshoots, because I am not always sure what to expect. So the build up is very important. I always start with basic model pauses, and slowly ask the model to go for more active ones. A lot of times, during the selection, I go back to a basic pause because the model would have looked more natural in it, but sometimes, like for this photo, I went for the dynamic one.



The hangover mask: guaranteed to help you look young and fresh even after the wildest party...


The Read While in Bed glasses for the book worms who love reading in bed!



For the previous two images, the model was sitting or lying on the floor, so I changed my lighting setting to light the model better. I tilted both light sources down, by a 45 degree angle and lowered by fill light to the level of the model to fill the shadows, as shown in the diagram below.


The Shower Hood: yet another vital device none of us can live without!

Finally, for the fashionable shower hood, I went back to a lighting set up similar to the first one, the only difference is that I rotated the Octabox a bit for 2 reasons:
-    I did not want it to spill over the background and you can see in this photo the background is darker than in the first photo.
-    I wanted to create a nice rim light on the model through the key light.



So many interesting lighting set ups can be done with 2 light sources but today I have just received a lot of new broncolor equipment which I’m sure I’ll write about in the coming blog post! Can’t wait.