David Sheldrick

B&W Character Portraits

For my first project for Gen NEXT, I have chosen to shine a spotlight on a few of the characters who have helped me along my way to becoming a photographer, when I started photography in Seoul, needless to say there are many other people who have supported me however these are a select few I managed muster on a very wet Sunday in Seoul.

For my first project for Gen NEXT, I have chosen to shine a spotlight on a few of the characters who have helped me along my way to becoming a photographer, when I started photography in Seoul, needless to say there are many other people who have supported me however these are a select few I managed muster on a very wet Sunday in Seoul.

I wanted to shoot in a studio, and so began the process of selecting the perfect broncolor equipment for crisp high key B&W portraits.

I used the following equipment:

broncolor Scoro 3200S power pack x 3
broncolor Pulso G Head x 5
broncolor Spotlight
P70 Reflector x 3
Para 88
Black & white poly board x 4
Nikon D4S
Nikkor 60mm Micro f2.8
Broncolor RFS 2.1 Transmitter

 
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I wanted to create a crisp white background using 3 Pulso G lamps and white walls to produce a very high key style portrait. I wanted also to abuse the high speed capabilities of the setup, particularly the Scoro S3200 power packs in combination with the high fps camera where perfect for capturing every moment and movement and eventually creating short gifs.

After initial light tests and my first few sitters, I was stunned at the capability of the Scoro S 3200 system, once speed mode is switched on, it is nothing short of amazing. At no point during the entire shoot did it fail to fire, not produce the correct light output or become temperamental. In fact there is usually a point during most of my shoots where something to do with the lighting slows things down, however the broncolor system meant that I really could focus 100% on the person sitting in front of me.

 

 

The broncolor spotlight provided a beautiful hard light that cast atmospheric shadows on the face, using the para 88 at the back to soften the shadows from the front and the black poly boards to harden the shadows on the sides I was able to produce the hard shadow, high contrast effect that I was looking for.

The spotlight attachment produced a clean spot of light that was adjustable using the control on the front of the attachment, and did not gradiate outside of the focus of the spot, producing a beautifully hard vignette on the sitters body.

Character portraits have always been some of my favourite shoots to do and with the broncolor system I had a fantastic experience shooting my sitters being able to push the setup to relatively high speed shooting whenever necessary for making great short portrait gifs as well.

 
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Credits

Models:
Amy Aleha, John Rosenthal, Chiho Kim, Sung Ryong Kim, Sarah Watson-Baik, Paula Ponzer, Marco Tessiore, Nicole Markhoff, Grace Park

 
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