Just when I thought the photo shoots for World Hepatitis Day 2012 were over, I headed over to Stamford College to photograph some of their students last Tuesday. The World Hepatitis Day’s organising committee needed some extra shots of the students holding up placards with messages and call-to-actions.
One of these pictures will then be selected and used as the promotional poster. This poster will eventually be used to rally for support among Stamford College’s staffs and students.
As this was arranged at the very last minute, I had no idea how the scenes were going to look like. All I knew was, it will be showing the subjects holding up placards. I wanted it to look different and atmospheric, though not necessarily with an attitude. The “sterile” look was definitely off the menu.
Within minutes upon arrival, I surveyed the place and quickly pinned down the stairway as the most appropriate and cool location. It took me less than 3 minutes to confirm that. When I first set eyes on the place, I knew I needed to flash paint the place to add some colours to an otherwise dull looking atmosphere.
I shot all these at f/5 (except for the group pic below at f/7.1 @ ISO 400), 1/60 sec @ ISO 200. The rear bare speedlight gelled with a full CTB was at 1/4 power, another camera-left bare speedlight gelled in full red was at 1/8 power (if I could recall correctly) and a final umbrella key light gelled in 1/2 CTO and 1/2-1/4 power was to high camera-left.
The low-powered red-gelled light was aimed through the stairs to cast some shadows and create a mild red cast on the floor of the subjects.