Vanity Fair: Lencarta Foldable Beauty Dish

Vanity Fair: Lencarta Foldable Beauty Dish

The atmosphere was calm, fun; but there was definitely an underlying hum of excitement building as each model went through the hands of the make up

VANITY FAIR: USING THE 120CM, FOLDABLE BEAUTY DISH.

Sometimes, everything just comes together on shoot day…….. and this was one of those instances.

The atmosphere was calm, fun; but there was definitely an underlying hum of excitement building as each model went through the hands of the make up, styling and hair teams.

The team for this shoot was incredible-

Carol Brown from Terri Manduca was on hand to cast her magical make-up brushes over the models skin- each of them leaving her chair, shoot ready.

On styling we had Radcliffe and Sciamma, also from Terri Manduca who pulled the most incredible rail of clothes which absolutely nailed the brief.

Hair was by The Racoon Artistic Team, under the direction of creative director, Andrew Barton from Urban Retreat at Harrods.

Photography was by little old me- http://www.tonylebritton.com using Lencarta lighting and equipment. http://www.lencarta.com

The set-up:

When shooting waist up, I always find it beneficial to have your models sitting on a chair or stool. Put simply, it makes their job much easier. After all, when they are sitting; they have 50% less body to worry about posing. It makes for a much more relaxed model and therefore- better final shots.

The backdrop was a plain colourama- “oyster” if i remember correctly, although if any oyster was presented to me that colour; it would be swiftly returned to the kitchen.

Lighting set up: I shot the whole editorial with a single key light set up. I used the 120cm silver folding beauty dish https://www.lencarta.com/s-fit-120cm-silver-folding-beauty-dish which was only slightly moved per shot. I used both diffusers which come as part of the kit  to give a soft, diffused light. Think of it like a large octabox.

The studio has an abundance of natural light from sky lights, so this gave me a soft fill and I used two poly boards (black) either side of the model and a whole row behind me to control light from the rest of the studio.

The guys at lens pimp https://lenspimp.com sent me the canon 85mm 1.2 for a few days- go and check them out. I’ve always been a bit wary of hire, but the lens was in perfect condition and arrived when agreed.

The detail and sharpness was incredible……. take a look for yourself:

I’ll be posting the whole editorial once it is released, so stay tuned and as always: do get in touch with any questions you may have……or even just to say hi. I’m on Facebook, Instagram and my direct e-mail is tony@tonylebritton.com

Over and out,