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Nils Wilbert

Take me to the Jungle, please

One of my favourite handbags designer and long-standing client Frau Frieda just makes the most beautiful bags. To show off these stunning pieces we created a jungle atmosphere with complementary tones to highlight each of the bags.    

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The set up for this photoshoot took hours and the organization even longer. When working with natural materials there is a lot of preparation that needs to be done and a lot of unexpected surprises. Therefore, investing plenty of time for preparation is key.

After setting up the plants, I focused on choosing the underground colours that I needed for the shoot. I then planned out which position I was going to shoot the bags from. Once this was done, I started arranging my lights.

For the setup, I used in total 3 Siros 800S and the Scoro 1600S with 3 Picolites and a range of light attachments.  My main light for this shoot was the Picolite without any attachment, which I put on the left side of the setup at a very low angle. I then placed a piece of cardboard in front of the main light, in which I made random cuts and holes. This helped me create long and natural shadows. 

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To the right of the main light, I positioned a Siros 800S with an ​L40 Standard Reflector pointing downwards. I also attached a honeycomb to the L40 Standard Reflector. This added some texture and highlights to the plants. To fill in the shadows, I hung a Siros 800S with an Octabox above the set and positioned another Siros 800S with a 60 x 60 Softbox along the right side. As I was still missing some texture and highlights on the bags and the wall behind it, I decided to use two more Picolites with honeycombs. Here the compact size of the Picolite was a great advantage. I was able to position them almost anywhere in the set, without affecting the whole setup.

For the next shots, I had to completely rearrange the set up for the plants. However, the lighting could stay almost the same as the bags were being shot in a similar angle.  


There you have it! It took me roughly 22 hours of work to complete the photoshoot and finalize my photos. I also had assistance from my wife and colleague - Monica Jethwani. She helped me get the shoot together. Rüdiger Lauktien ​from ​Lauktien & Friends​ assisted me with editing the images. Many thanks to them and to you guys for taking interest in my work. Till next time.

Nils Wilbert