Seething Akira - Poker Fight
Man this was a fun fun shoot! Seething Akira came to me to do them a set of photo's they could use for thing's like magazine interviews, tour posters etc. They said they wanted it to be fun and not the usual "4 guys looking moody in a derelict building" haha. So on our meeting I said we'll if we come up with a scenario or a story telling theme we could work around that. We chose a poker game with lots of props.
Fake money, a gun (obviously fake), bottles of spirits, cool clothes, hats, poker cards, chips and a table.
I wanted gritty lighting and the boys wanted a photoshopped look to the pictures. Highly polished.
Lighting wise I put a 32" octobox up high and pointing straight onto them to give it a lit from above look. It was a little flat with just one light so I added a second on camera right which was a 24" soft box. This just gave it a little extra push and took the flatness away.
...and you can see the soft box behind me in this picture:
Here's what the final shot's looked like. I absolutely love these pictures. So much character and so much fun to create. I even made his cigar light up and added smoke in photoshop. We weren't allowed to light up in the location.
Scroll below the photo's for the behind the scenes video.
Warning: contains strong language at the start (you're fine after that haha)
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