Getting good headshots of the cast has proven to be a bit more difficult that expected. That’s only because my studio light/flashes are in storage and I currently do not have access to it. Nonetheless, Wednesday last week I went for the second session for headshots.
I decided to re-do everyone, not just take the headshot of the person that had been missing on the first attempt. The reasoning for this is that the original light was too harsh, making strong shadows on the wall, their skins and clothes.
Les, the director, helped me set up a much better lighting situation for the photos and the result is significantly better, but still not what I would have liked. To be fair, what I would have liked would have been to have used the studio flashes for this because the results would have been better. Since we didn’t have the ideal, for now the good will do.
(Les is very happy with the results, I’m the one with excessive criticism of my own work.)
The light that Les provided was a lot softer than the one we used in the first photos shoot. The light on the first shoot has a lot of spot lights (even if not directed at the cast) which created a lot of harsh shadows. The light on the second shoot was also extremely yellow. As you can see in the photo comparison below, a lot of work had to be done to remove such a strong yellow/warm tendency on the photo to restore the skin color and the purple-ish background.
Below are the photos of the cast of Continental Quilt, premiering at the Williamstown Little Theatre on 28/06/2023.