How I Got the Shot

How I Got the Shot

Earlier this year, I was contacted by Tether Tools and asked if I was interested in being part of their How I Got the Shot Educational Guide. Of course I said “absolutely”.  How I Got the Shot Educational Guide is presented by Tether Tools and Photoshelter.  It show- cases fifteen incredibly talented professional photographers whose work widely varies and includes fashion, commercial, light-painting, headshot, time-lapse, portrait and underwater photography.  So the next big question was, “what am I going to do”?  The concept of the shoot was pretty simple – A headshot session!  Specifically, a headshot session for a male actor/model.  We were going for a moody/edgy look!

A special thanks to Videographer, Vlad Forgac and Model, Johnathan Gobeil for all of their amazing work.

My Setup

I used my go-to lighting setup for guys.  My key, fill and kicker lights were LED Flex Lights by Westcott Lighting.  I use the Peter Hurley Flex Kit.  As this shot was intended to be a bit more on the edgy side, my key light was set to a higher power and placed much closer to the model than the fill light.  I added the third “kicker” light to provide some highlight on the model’s jaw, as well as a bit of separation from the black background.  In addition, I used one flash head to give the background a hint of light.  The light I used was an Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS 1100 portable battery pack unit, with one S-Head connected to the B port.

Gear List

  • Westcott Flex Peter Hurley Kit for key, fill and kicker light
  • Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS for background light
  • Hurley Progear Black Proboard for background
  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS II USM
  • Apple 13” MacBook Pro
  • Tether Table Aero
  • Aero ProPad
  • TetherPro USB 2.0 Mini-B 5-Pin Cable
  • JerkStopper
  • JerkStopper Aero Clip-on Support

So why do I shoot tethered?

Shooting tethered is critical to my workflow and pretty much a necessity.  It enables me to see so much more than I can on the back of my camera.  It’s a very important tool for the technical aspects, such as lighting and composition, but even more important when reviewing images with my client.  I use it as a coaching tool.  It allows my client to get instant feedback and they can see what a big impact subtle changes in position and expression can have on the shot.  Together, this gives the client more confidence and builds the photographer/client trust.

I shot tethered into Adobe Lightroom, where I did basic RAW adjustments. I then exported a PSD into Adobe Photoshop for skin re-touching. Final color grading was completed in Adobe Lightroom.

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If you are interested in learning more about the entire process or if you would like to book your own Headshot Session, please contact Gordon Clark Photography.