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Justin Bettman

Celebrity Portaits

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I recently finished an assignment shooting a celebrity portrait studio for the entertainment magazine The Wrap. I went to the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival and had two sets where actors, directors, and writers came to have their photos taken. Since I had to shoot photos for over 20 films in one single day, I had to make sure my lighting and set up was quick and easily adaptable.

I did two different sets. One of the sets was primarily for solo portraits shot in black and white against a textured backdrop. For this I used a Siros 800 S head in the Octa 150. I had the light coming from the side, creating a rembrandt lighting. For some of the shots, I used negative fill on the opposite side of the light.

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For the second set photographing primarily group shots, I had two large umbrellas with socks on them both feathered out. This allowed me to light a whole group while still having some depth to the portraits.

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Client: The Wrap

Creative Director: Ada Guerin

First Assistant: Keegan Attlee

Second Assistant/BTS Photographer: Matt Robertson

Backdrop: Gravity Backdrops