New Picture + BTS: Ian Munro Photographer

Lighting and Behind the Scenes from portrait of Photographer Ian Munro

Today I’ve a new picture to share with you which is actually one of the results from my time up in Wales recently and at my friend Ian Munro’s studio, Skint Creative.

On the Saturday I was together with friends Ian Munro, Anthony Crothers and Gerwyn Williams running through some of the content that I’ll be covering in an upcoming class and of course for this I needed a model; step forward Ian 🙂

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Both Ian and his studio partner Gerwyn had been working on creating new areas within their studio and one in particular was just perfect for what I needed / wanted to do; a grey wall and also a wooden floor made from old palettes that they had disassembled and waxed…Perfect!

The lighting set up I used you can see below; using my Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 1000 into the Elinchrom Rotalux 135cm Octa, to the side and forward of Ian and angled just enough to also light the background.

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Above you can also see that I was shooting tethered to my MacBook Pro using cables from TetherTools; orange in colour for obvious reasons i.e. so folks like me don’t trip over from not seeing them!

If you don’t already, I highly recommend you shoot tethered; it not only allows you to see your images on a larger screen as you take them so you can see much more detail, things you’ve missed and so on, but also it slows you down. With digital there can be a tendency to take shot after shot after shot in quick succession but when tethering I find this doesn’t happen. It gives you time to analyse what your pictures look like as they come in and make fine adjustments to get them bang on. Also, and maybe this is just me, but when you shoot to a large screen and you have maybe a client watching on, or just some folks with you, when you see the first image come in being ‘on the money’ because you’ve metered it correctly using a Light Meter, this does wonders for the confidence folks have in you…does that make sense?

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Having metered the lights I also photographed Ian with a Grey Card so that I could then create a Preset in Lightroom that would be applied to all the images that came through from that point; a preset that had the white balance set correctly and a few settings I’d applied in Lightroom’s Develop Module.

Glyn Dewis Elinchrom

This way as they come in the images look at their very best and give a much better idea of how they will look once retouched.

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Above you can see the BEFORE / AFTER comparison where in the final image the main work involved filling in the floor, removing the light stand and modifier and then giving the picture the ‘Look’ with Colour Grading etc…

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So there’s a quick look Behind the Scenes so I hope you find it useful in some way.

As always if you have any questions / comments then please feel free to make use of the comments section below but in the meantime, CLICK HERE to see a LARGE version of this portrait if Ian over on my 500px portfolio page.

Catch you next time,
Glyn

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  • Tom Needham

    Great post. What is your workflow for colour grading e.g. saturation, curves, levels?

  • Joel Robertson

    Wonderful image and thanks for the BTS. How do you achieve that textured look to the background?
    Thanks,
    Joel