Rocky Horror Mannequin Shoot
Because it was important for the costumes to be shown clearly then another shoot was arranged with just the costumes placed onto mannequins.
The Lighting set up
This extra shoot also gave me the opportunity to continue my experimentation with coloured gels for the back lighting.
The goal of this photo shoot was to to showcase the costumes so I was aiming for an even and clear lighting. I use a white backdrop so I could get the best effect from the coloured gels and ensure a strong contrast between the subject. I made a 4 light set up with the key light coming from a soft box positioned low and in front of the mannequin. In order to balance the light evenly I added a second light above the subject using a beauty dish modifier. Finally I attached a red and blue gel onto two additional lights that had open reflector modifiers. Finally I placed two kickers each side of the subject to absorb any escaping light and prevent it being reflected back on to the subject.
The result of this lighting set up illuminated the costume and revealed all the detail. The use of the coloured gels also adds interest and fits in with the unusual style of the outfits. I was unable to shoot both the costumes from my original shoot so I chose the lead characters for first and the second is the same costume worn by the phantom model. All the colours are accurately reproduced and all the small details from the studs and buttons to the textures in the material are revealed.