Big Picture, Zero Budget

June 25, 2015

Take a look at this picture. How would you think it was created? Nice studio, big lights and a large production team? Nope! This was taken outside my backdoor with two Nikon speed lights, a 40" umbrella and a floor fan. Yep you read that right.

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Believe me now?

We don't all have access to studios and a production team with makeup artists, set designers etc. Some of us probably don't even make a great deal of money out of our shoots. Some of us might even be just shooting to build their portfolios but that shouldn't mean we can't think big when it comes to our work.

What did it cost to set this shoot up? £0. Here's how we wen't about it:

The guy's in the shot are a band I've worked with for a few years. They're called Seething Akira. It was time for them to have a new shot with the new members ready for their single launch. Firing some ideas over a Facebook group chat I came up with a crazy idea to have them hanging off a car going at speed. They loved it.

All we needed was a car so we hit the usual social media sites asking if anyone would like to have their car featured. It went down quite well. Ended up someone I knew had a 25th Anniversary Golf GTi which suited the bands style and feel massively. I asked the owner and he was more than happy to help out. 

Next we needed a place to shoot. Now I've been doing this a while and know that shooting cars outside can be tricky. They're shiny and the sun makes every specular highlight appear super bright. This isn't too great as the stops of natural light vs stops the camera can read are too great so we needed somewhere in the shade where the light will be a bit more even and consistent. Oh look right outside my front door is a private parking area and it's shaded with lots of room. Perfect!

We positioned the car and I took a photo of it using a tripod. I then got each member of the band to take it in turns doing their thing for the photo which we had already arranged before hand. It's good to be prepared. After we had all the necessary captures it was all a matter of editing it together.

It was a lot of work in Photoshop after but that's what it takes to create an image like this. You can see the layer build up:

So there you have it. Big picture and zero budget! You don't always have to have a lot of money ready to create amazing work. I don't believe so anyway.

Sometimes the only thing limiting us is our imagination.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Why not give me a like on Facebook and also check out Seething Akira's music.

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