Behind the scenes on a Blade Runner-inspired fashion photo shoot with photographer Josie Reavely and Advanced Photoshop magazine.
When Adam Smith (Advanced Photoshop magazine) approached me regarding a fashion shoot for an upcoming article, I jumped at the chance! The idea behind it was to take some clean, funky fashion shots that Adam (who’s a very talented Photoshop artist) could then take and turn into a digital masterpiece.
Adam had some great ideas: he started by showing me a couple of pieces of artwork that resembled the kind of end product he was aiming for – a sci-fi inspired Blade Runner-esque image with high-contrast lighting. As a Blade Runner fan, I couldn’t have been more excited about this project!
I had worked with the model – Stacey – before, so I knew how much of natural she is in front of the camera. Nonetheless, I took the time to do plenty of research, looking through pages of stills from the Blade Runner movie and noting the lighting direction and intensity, as well as taking some test shots to perfect the lighting setup before the big day. Poses were also of great importance – the idea was that Stacey was to be transformed into a Rachel-like Replicant, and needed to be directed to hold herself as such.
Meanwhile, Adam and I were in constant communication, passing ideas back and forth, as well as conversing with Stacey with regards to the wardrobe and make-up required for the shoot.
On the day, we set up the studio with a plain black backdrop and hooked up my camera to a MacBook, to allow us to all view the images as they came out of the camera (much easier than crowding around a 3” LCD!) with the main lights off, I took a few moments to rearrange the lights: I chose to work with a two-light set-up initially to give Adam a slightly more even look to work with for his artwork (so he could add lighting effects later) – although I did try a few really high contrast shots (one light only) towards the end of the shoot).
Needless to say, there was a lot more to it, but if you want to learn more about the process involved with the shoot and of course see what Adam has managed to create, then look out for issue 77 of Advanced Photoshop magazine – on sale 30/11/2010!
In the meantime, here are a few of the images I took on the day, with Stacey looking suitably austere and machine-like. The last shot in the small selection below was designed to emulate the iconic Rachel pose (Blade Runner, 1982) that you can view here: see the original.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see the end result!