The plan... Convert Tim's office into a photo studio and shoot some stonkingly badass images for The Heresy Groups new artwork across their social media channels..... Mission Accepted...
. So it started off like any other early morning departure from GBPHQ with the car loaded the night before and ready to hit the road in first light on a cold and frosty Saturday morning. With just the final key bits to load into the trusty VW Jetta and sorting a thermos of coffee for the journey, we were off and en route to Ramsgate, Kent. SatNav was telling me that it would be a 3 hour straight hit on the road, but with next to nobody on the M4 and M25, that was considerably cut down, thankfully.
Tim and Ritchie have in the mix a new channel via YouTube called The Heresy Group, their genera is cold hard reviewing and advice on military and civilian equipment at a quality control level. They are far from the "Social Media Influencers" that are so often paid merely to have their product in their hands and talk highly of it, Tim and Ritchie's aim is to produce detailed and honest reviews on key details ranging from stitch quality, ergonomic layout, real world use, health and nutrition, media to all round exploration of the subjects and products presented.
First things needed though are some great images that can be used for their thumbnails, cover images and banner graphics.
We pushed back all the furniture and set up the portable white backdrop curtain and train so as to give us a white infinity cove on the studio space we had. Then we began rigging in and plugging in the Elinchrom flash heads, 4 in total, 2 that would act as our main light and fill light, and then 2 to the rear eliminating the white background and giving us that crisp white background we need for post processing.
The camers I use depending on the job. On this occasion I was using a mix of the Canon 1DX and the Canon 5D Mk3, combined with the Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS Mk2 Lens allowing me to be further away from the talent to get a better anamorphic image with less distortion. However, this did mean I was stood in the middle of the garden, sometimes with an umbrella over me, shooting into the studio.
We had two 200cm x 60cm soft boxes to light the full length of the talent, and two reflecting umbrellas to spill the light onto the background. A simple set up, but highly effective to create simple, eye popping images for post processing work. Setting for the cameras were:
In the images we switched between sets and rotated Tim and Ritchie, with each checking the other for detail and correction of equipment. They had a small bundle of products from various manufacturers including Ferro Concepts, Spiritus Systems and Clawgear that they were planning on reviewing and covering on their YouTube channel.
We also had planned another little media jaunt for the evening, I was joining them on their live YouTube channel.... Now let me tell you, this face is not one for TV. Much more suited to radio, but heck, in for a penny, in for a pound. You can view the episode below.
So all in all from start to finish, the shoot took roughly 4 hours with a few cheeky breaks for cups of coffee and then a re-group for the evening broadcast. A very long day. But highly productive and quite a bit of fun.