Canterbury Marlowe Theatre staff profile pictures to tie-in with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Canterbury Marlowe Theatre staff profile pictures to tie-in with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Here’s some extracts from Canterbury Marlowe Theatre staff profile pictures to tie-in with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo shot over a morning earlier this month. The brief was to make use of a pair of ballet shoes and have different members of the theatre team wear them as part of their daily routine. This was publicity to tie-in with two days of performances by Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

When shooting commercial editorial or advertising pictures, it’s not unusual to have to use lighting and control the look of the pictures, to make sure they sustain interest and are of a consistent quality. I’ve added examples below including before pictures to show what it was like before taking the shot.

For the wide-angle foyer shot of Matt, I added a spotlight high up to resemble a stage light with another light to add a kick to the shoes and create a second spotlight to the feet. It was a daytime picture but made to look more like a late evening scene.

The verticals of the door and windows by stage door were perfect for adding Graham’s ladder in a neutral park of the wall, with a light added to replicate sunshine (as there was none at all when I shot it).

Mark’s standing shot in his office was again with flash as the window light was too dull to provide enough contrast. The light was flagged to keep the shape of the window visible in the shot and made it look like sunlight.

Malcolm’s Cathedral-window shot is enhanced with a flash concealed behind a wall to the left of the frame and pointed at his face.

Mark’s tip toes was a sandwich light of one for the side and back of his body and another for the face and shoes.

Finally, Paul’s kitchen shot was a single flash gun hidden bounced off a stainless extractor hood!

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