Yesterday I had the great opportunity to work with a fellow photographer I met online some months ago. He was kind enough to invite me to a test photo shooting he organised to tune his studio for an upcoming workshop on portraiture, and so I had, for the first time, the opportunity to leave my speedlights in my bag and work with professional lighting equipment.
The model was a guy dressed as a soldier from the Napoleon period and we did try quite alot of lighting schemes, poses and head shots.
What I loved was a little scratch the guy had on his face, that I have highlighted in post to make the soldier as if he had been in the heat of the battle.
As a prop, he had a sword from the period and it was a great fun to try to use it to get powerful and dynamic images.
Perhaps, the shot I love the most is the one below: I wanted the guy to assume a more grave pose which I have processed to convey a feeling of defeat: yes, I am a moody and sometimes dark soul.
I really loved the experience and I would recommend everyone interested in portrait to participate to a studio workshop.