So let's start by saying what this photo is, this is the album cover for my dear friend Brit a.k.a Oh Bones. folky alternative singer with a love of the dark best expressed by her previous career as an archeologist. Brit and I had worked together on shoots for Dr Martins and Kickers for a while but those shoots had always had a candid out and about vibe, for this though, my lighting know-how or whatever it is was central to what we aimed to achieve.
I'll stop for a moment to say this, there was no editing done on this image(an absolute when working with Brit) the lighting set up was a bit of a mish-mash too. But, what wasn't, was our vision. shot in the back of my room when I did what everyone else seemed to do and live in a warehouse. Scene set, lets cary on.
Ghosts, that was what we wanted. I grabbed a load of images off of Pinterest for Brit and I to peruse and we realised that it was the double exposures that we loved. I was too cheap at the time to buy Photoshop and didn't own a film camera so doing this the "sensible" way was out of the question, no, what we had to do was take two images in one press of the shutter button, How? with Flash.
The first thing to do was light the first "exposure" Using my trusty Canon (Cannon?) speedlite off camera + chimera (soft-box) and through a roll of trace. I brought round as far as possible to get the most character and reduce the light on the black background (If the light were brought too far round the side, Brit's hair would cast too much of a shadow on her face, not fun) A 4ft x 4ft white polly sat opposite acting as fill to pick out a bit of detail in Brit's hair. this provided the sharp "sleeping beauty" part of the image.
Exposure two was our ghost capture. In true horror story fashion I armed Brit with an LED flashlight which she held pointing down in to a hard silver bounce (kind of like tinfoil) this then shone back up giving that campfire feel but a bit softer. She then danced from side to side for 15 seconds which was the length of the exposure which left us with our blurry Brit.
Brit has cooled it with her music career but is still going strong with her phenomenal illustrating - check it out here.