This is the making of -story about ”How I shot Plastic Waters series”. You can read the whole story behind the photos from my previous article if you haven’t seen the photos yet and don’t know what is Plastic Waters photo series.
Camera: Canon 5D Mark IV
Lenses: Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art and Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II
Modifiers: Elinchrom Rotalux Deep Octabox 100 cm (Mainlight), Elinchrom Rotalux Squarebox 100 cm (hair light) and Elinchrom Standard Reflector 50° 21 cm with a grid (background)
Shutterspeed 1/125th sec, f/8, Iso 100
My lighting setup was simple. I did everything with three lights and one white reflector. I wanted to shadows to be dark but not deep black. The main light was 100cm deep octa slightly pointed past the model to create soft light. The Hair light was 100cm soft box above the model and slightly in the shadow side of the model. It also made the details pop out. One light was pointed to the background and I used the grid to stop the light spreading all over the background.
I had prepared texture- and tone-layers in advance for each tone. The pre-work took many hours but sped up the editing. The images needed only minor fixes afterwards. Textures was made from three different style textures with different blending modes (overlay and softlight) and color grading was mixture of different techniques. My workflow was minor editing at Lightroom –> Photoshop (textures, colors, minor fixing with the hairs etc, doge & burn and sharpening) –> Lightroom finishing the photos (colors and contrast).
And ready photos from the series. Once again. Please open the video to full screen and turn volume on. My friend and one of the models, Aapo Halme has made this great song ”Terror from the deep”.