Andrea Belluso is an experienced photographer with more than three decades in the business. Over the years, Andrea has shot everything and everyone from supermodels and celebrities to fashion, beauty and stock photography. In addition, Andrea works as a light shaper evangelist at the Profoto headquarters in Stockholm.
Once a month Andrea shares one of his recently used setups. (Previous setups can be found here.) He is also available to answer any questions you might have. Just leave a comment or tweet us at @Profoto
This month’s setup: The Punk Setup
Perfect when: You are lighting girls with safety pins in their ears
But also whenever: You want a flattering light with attitude
The assignment: When the international make up brand Make Up Store asked me to do a beauty story on the theme of punk, I couldn’t help but thinking of my own past as a drummer and one of the first punks in London. Those were the days…
I also started thinking about this young punk girl I’ve seen in the park just two weeks before. She was beautiful and sported the most amazing double Mohican hairstyle I’ve ever seen, and I knew she just had to be my model. I just didn’t how to find her without a name or phone number…
So, what I did was that I started asking around on Facebook if any of my friends knew any cool looking punk girls. The next day I friend of mine forwarded a contact, and when I saw who it was, I almost fell off my chair. It was the exact same girl!
As it turned out, her name was Evz and she happily agreed to do the shoot. Instead of hiring a stylist, I asked Evz to style herself as she usually does. Also, I gave my make up artist Elva free hands to go a little crazy and do something creative. In fact, the only guidelines we had were the ones provided by the Art Director, Ron, who had asked us to follow the different stages of punk, from the initial dream to the fluctuation into post punk and finally the New Romantics.
The setup: Considering that the punk movement represented something raw and unpolished, I felt that a quite hard light was needed. I decided to work with a Pro-Head equipped with a Profoto ProFresnel Spot and powered by a Pro-8 2400.
The reason why I chose to work with the ProFresnel Spot as my main light was because of the unique properties of its Fresnel lens. The lens glass is slightly greenish, which has the effect that any eventual magenta tones in the skin are reduced to a minimum, creating a really healthy looking skin. That’s why it was such a favorite amongst the old Hollywood stars! In addition, using the ProFresnel Spot meant that I could utilize the zoom function that is unique for Profoto. To be a bit gentler on the skin, I added a diffusing screen in front of the ProFresnel Spot.
I also used a second ProHead equipped with a Zoom Reflector, a Grid and Filter Holder and a Snoot. This was positioned slightly behind the model and used to create the subtle rim light around her great hairdo.
Finally, we made a playlist of old punk songs, cranked up the volume to max and started shooting. We used the same setup throughout the entire day, and the make up, which in the end was what the client really wanted to show, turned out to look amazing in this setting. It’s also worth mentioning that Evz, who is not an experienced model, acted like a real pro. It was, in fact, one the most fun shoots I’ve done in a long while. Blame it on nostalgia…
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