Oh what a week it’s been – and oh, the annoyance that we’ve got this glorious hot sunny weather on the week I’m shooting a musician in the studio, when last week it rained cats and dogs because I was shooting on the streets of London!
It was worth it, of course. In between the spells of inclement weather I was shooting fashion for one of the big high street stores, which I look forward to telling you about soon. The other reason I was in London was for an annual Olympus tradition: shooting the spectacular guys and gals of Giffords Circus!
As ever, we welcomed a very select group of photographers – Olympus users and non-users alike – into the big top at Chiswick House and Gardens. In addition to shooting some of the performers while they gave us a sneak peak at their latest show, ‘Paint Your Wagon’, we also shot some portraiture featuring one of the stars of the show – the villain of the piece, Sheriff Virgil!
As you can see we used a very simple three-light setup, using a trifecta of my trusty Elinchrom ELB400s, one with a bare head, one with the Rotalux Strip 130x50cm Softbox and one with my McGillicuddy Classic Beauty Dish.
If you want to know how the lighting was created, you’re in luck! I did a Facebook Live video for the official Olympus page, so you can get an insight into the thought process of why I used each light and what they’re individually doing for the picture. You can check out the video below:
It was a fab day as always, as I love shooting the colourful characters of the circus – and, more importantly, I love sharing a bit of photographic knowledge and taking pictures with my fellow photographers. If you like what you’ve seen, have a look at the COURSES section of the ONLINE SHOP above, and see if any of our upcoming workshops take your fancy. And don’t forget that we run all manner of sessions at our Olympus-McGillicuddy Academies around the country, so check out www.mcgillicuddyacademies.com as well!
Thanks as always for reading, below is some of the behind the scenes pictures and I hope to see you and shoot with you soon.