Recently I had a pleasure to photograph Bollywood celebrity-
actress Nushrat Bharucha for a festive issue of Hello Magazine India as a muse
to designer Abhinav Mishra.
The issue was timed to Diwali- one of the main
Indian festivals- festival of light.
Hence the shoot brief was provided accordingly-
the set needed to have the celebratory mood, the frames look grand and the
outfits captured in all their intricate beauty.
Abhinav Mishra is known for his embellishment
and mirror work on the outfits, so one of the challenges was not to lose the
texture while shooting.
The location was decided as The Silver Room in
Trident Hotel. We chose it for amount of interesting props, specifically
beautiful suitcases that I was excited to use and interesting murals along with
It was also the first time I took my new
Picolite out to play. Along with my favourite mobile unit, especially for
location shoots- Move L with 2 mobi led and Siros L.
For the first shot I have arranged the suitcases
around the model and had to carefully use the light to avoid overlighting the
outfit, yet not loosing the dark suitcases and keeping the feeling of
celebration in mind.
I chose mobi led with the big softbox as my key
light, along with Siros L from the right side to separate suitcases from
background. For the final touch that added magic, I have placed Picolite with
projector to highlight Nushrat’s face from the left which has emphasized
beautiful shape of her face and added depth to the image.
For the next shot, I wanted to add a sense of
mystery and romance, so I played with placing mobi led with a strip on her
right, while adding Siros L strobe with blue gel on her left. The color
temperature difference between the two played to my advantage here.
In my next frame I already had the background
light working for me at the location itself, so I have uses mobi led with big
softbox at Nushrat as key light. I used flag from the left to avoid too much
light on the reflective flower vase and get that shot just right.
For the last shot, where Nushrat was posing in
the frame along with designer himself in front of a mural, the outfits color
was my cue to add more dramatic color to the frame.
So I have used one mobi led with softbox as key
light and another mobi led with strip and red color gel as a backlight.
It was a pleasure to shoot with lovely Nushrat
and Hello team and we definitely managed to create the festive magic we were
Hello everyone. I am very excited about writing my very first
blog for broncolor.
And equally excited to share the experiment with
lights and long exposure light painting that I conducted.
I had the idea of showing motion “on the
inside” of my model, to show emotions. Idea partly inspired by my quest to
bring awareness to what we all go through if we find ourselves in anxiety.
It’s been my consistent goal as a photographer
and artist to spread awareness and share my points of view through my work, so
this one is no exception.
At the same time I tried to stay true to my
aesthetic- dreamy, borderline surreal imagery that speaks emotion, but reserved
So, here, presenting my recent project ”
” and how it was made.
For this project i thought of using mix of
pastels and bright colours to show diversity of intensity in how anxiety
expresses itself- from minor pastels to all-out red and orange.
The set had to be dark and a bit gloomy, so I
went for textured wall for one set, played on contrast of blue and red for
another and finished it with a wider, less abstract set up.
I wanted to use variety of lights to see how I
can work out the same idea and styling keeping different equipment in mind.
For the first set I used move L- 1 mobi LED with
The outfit in itself had multiple light spots
and pattern, so I limited it to one light source facing the model under around
The technique I used works best in less lit
spaces as it essentially draws with light and stands out in contrast.
For this particular type of long exposure light
painting you move not the subject, but the camera.
I started by setting a long exposure on my
camera. My shutter speed was on 0”8 with focal ratio varied from f6 to f9.
For it to work, studio needed to be completely dark with no other lights apart
from the one on model.
After placing the model and setting the light, I
started moving my camera during the exposure time.
If you are trying something like this for the
first time I would recommend to move your camera in all possible directions to
get a hang of how it works and to figure out what you like.
As for me- I knew the kind of effect I wanted.
One of the main rules for this long exposure shoot- you need to move your
camera in exact opposite direction to where you wish the light trace to appear.
So if I want the light trace to be directed at top right corner, I move my
camera to bottom left corner.
For the second set I used mobi LED with softbox
under 40 degrees on the right and Siros L 800 strob and red gel to fill the
space with red light and make it harder on model’s face.
This shot was taken from the back of my model to
capture her reflection and most of the traces are from her dress flying around
in front of the camera.
For the third set up I used 2 light sources -
move L with softbox as key light and strob with blue gel to give it more drama
on the left of my model. I alternated it with keeping both or one light on and
eventually decided to work with one light to fit the mood.
We used a fan and two assistants to make the
dress fly and create an effect of her being in the center of a flower.
For wider shots I worked with Parabolic Umbrella
and added one strob with blue gel on the background to give it blue shade.
Para gives more lights as well as bigger
coverage, so I adjusted my camera settings accordingly.
For last set I placed one strob light behind the
paper window set. It created the effect of light coming through the window. In
this set I made my model move as well, so overall effect created looks like she
is fading into the background.
This technique is a lot of fun and a good way to
experiment with light, pattern and motion. I would strongly suggest to try it
out and have an open mind to get the result you will feel fits your style and
Editorial ” Haunted ”
is published in Vulkan magazine October issue.