Leeds Guide Magazine // behind the scenes for food and fashion • by Barnaby Aldrick

Last week I hit the streets of Leeds on Leeds Guide magazine duties, assisted again by my knowledgeable homie Ben Spear of Spear Design

As promised (dear readers!) I vowed to shoot a couple of behind the scenes pics to show how I get what I get on location with limited gear.

Today I’ve got a food and a fashion shoot for y’all… Leeds Guide fashion and food photography by Barnaby Aldrick

Starting with a beautiful Japanese ‘Yaki Soba’ Norman’s in Leeds made by this chap.

Leeds Guide fashion and food photography by Barnaby Aldrick

I can’t decide which I prefer – I like the close up details and depth of field of the above…

Leeds Guide fashion and food photography by Barnaby Aldrick… but like the bolder composition of this dish

Leeds Guide fashion and food photography by Barnaby AldrickAnd here’s the setup.  Pretty basic eh?

A flashgun, set manually (probably at about 1/4 power) and triggered with a skyport transmitter to bounce off a white roof above.

Then we settled down to pie out. Gotta love that pink pickled ginger…

Leeds Guide fashion and food photography by Barnaby AldrickA later shoot was rustled up down an alley (literally round the corner from Norman’s).  Above was one of Ben’s shots showing the This was the first of two setups using my Quadra heads; main flash left and a key light from the right..

The ‘My Favourite Outfit’ feature can be a bit disconcerting for the subject, as they’ve generally never done anything like this before.  So I’ve got about 5 minutes to try and put them at ease so I can leave with at least one killer shot! Elena brought some pals along for moral support and was modeling clothes she’d made herself!

Leeds Guide fashion and food photography by Barnaby AldrickNot bad, but I wasn’t best pleased with the look.

Leeds Guide fashion and food photography by Barnaby AldrickSo we switched the fill light to the right and the key right behind.

Check out our subject! What a legend.

Leeds Guide fashion and food photography by Barnaby AldrickHere’s another of Ben’s from the side showing the placement of the heads.

Leeds Guide fashion and food photography by Barnaby AldrickYou can’t see the light hidden behind (though I could do with loosing the cable!), but that rear light is nicely ‘rim-lighting’ her hair, arm & dress.

Leeds Guide fashion and food photography by Barnaby AldrickI think this was my fave shot though. Both final shots had a bit of fashiony post-processing (using a bit of Kubota Image Tools ‘Fashion Passion’ photoshop action), but at the end of the day, I think the final shot was made by Elena having a bit of fun, and that shining through.

john - Awesome – some great tips there. Thanks for sharing. Really need to get set up with off camera flash!

Barnaby Aldrick - Glad you found that informative amigo. It’s all about getting that flash off-camera for creative lighting. Direct flash from a camera = rabbit in headlights. Off camera leads to a whole world of options! Go get that ST-E2!

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