April 27, 2011 in My Life, Photography

Sometimes on my lunch break I go home and prepare for a zombie attack. I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about killing zombies….but I do know about a little thing called INTIMIDATION. I don’t know many zombies that are willing to challenge me when I’m looking like this….

I had a full day planned out and the only block of time that I really had free was my lunch break. I figured that since I had to clean up from the last shoot I would move my equipment into the location for the next one. Since I only had a hour I decided to shoot another portrait in my house. I walked around my house looking for locations and it came down to either the kitchen or the garage. I decided on the garage because of the space and I figured it would take to long to set up the kitchen scene, although I do plan on doing a cooking photoshoot.

First thing I did was choose to shoot at the workbench/tool area. It was the most complete looking thing in my garage and provided good framing (the workbench and tools on the wall don’t extend past the crop of these photos. I then set up the camera and took some test photos to get a general idea for what it was going to look like.


Canon 1D Mark IV, 24-70mm @ 24mm, 100iso, f/13, 1/100th

Once the camera was in place (1) I began setting up lights. I had a White Lightning X1600 (2) shot into an umbrella to the left of the camera, another White Lightning X1600 (4) hung from the right of the camera and behind the model, and a Sunpak 555 (3) hung to the left of the camera and behind the model.

Shot with iPhone 4

Shot with iPhone 4

First test shot…quick grab something and put it on your face!


Canon 1D Mark IV, 24-70mm @ 24mm, 100iso, f/13, 1/100th

The lights and camera were in place after some adjusting and I had taken some test photos to get it right. The only thing left to do was take some photos. I grabbed an old dust covered snorkeling mask, two power drills, a safety mask, and went to town.


Canon 1D Mark IV, 24-70mm @ 24mm, 100iso, f/13, 1/100th


Canon 1D Mark IV, 24-70mm @ 24mm, 100iso, f/13, 1/100th

The final images came after a small crop and some minor adjustments to levels, saturation and contrast.

I’m always looking for assistants, models, ideas for shoots and requests. Just post a comment, email me, or send me a message on twitter.

Thanks for looking!