F-MAGAZINE Cover Shoot with actor Fredy Costa


I was recently invited to shoot both the cover and an editorial for an internacional luxury lifestyle magazine, which publishes two simultaneous separate covers. The cover for the internacional market which I shot with actor/model Fredy Costa, took place at the Pestana Hotel in Alcântara. I arrived on set at around 2:30 pm and went straight to the hotel room, where all the crew was getting ready. After chatting a little bit with the crew and talent I left my equipment to scout the location.
I shot on five different locations in and around the hotel, in a total of 9 photos. I used two Profoto B2 On-location Strobes, with a Westcott Halo, a Westcott 6-in-1 Reflector and a 3 Legged Thing Tripod.  I shot this editorial with my Canon 5D Mark II.

             
Here is the photo with the final art
Here is the cover photo without the crop and the final art. I shot this photo with only the Westcott Halo as the main light source and natural light from a window coming from camera right to fill in the shadows a little bit and the window behind him to help separate him from the background
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Here is the lighting diagram for the image above
Here is the dining room where I shot 3 of the images.
I regularly shoot with Brian from 3LeggedThing  , you can also see in the background Profoto B2 Air off camera flash  with a Westcott Halo .  


Here is the first page of the editorial this image was shot with the door to the dining room as the backdrop, again all that was used to light him was the Westcott Halo from above and to the left.

In this shot I kept the Halo coming in from above and added another Profoto B2 off-camera flash bare-bulbed  pointing at his legs and stomach to light his lower half                

Fredy Costa is an angolan actor and model, who recently became the face for Martini in Angola.He ownes his own line of male underware.  He's an actor of telenovelas (soap operas) and movies in Portugal and Angola.













In this shot I used both Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash to light this scene, one was used with the Westcott Halo to light him, and another was used bare-bulbed to light the background, I did it to help separate him from the wall.

Here is one shot of the making of, my 3 Legged Thing tripod (aka Brian) helps me  keep everything nice and steady, and the Profoto Air-TTL remote to fire the Profoto B2 Off-Camera flash 

This shot was taken in the reception area of the Hotel



This was the last shot of the day, besides the sun light I used Profoto B2 to light his lower half, and my assistant held a reflector with the gold side out to reflect the sunlight on his face and shoulder to help separate him.


The Pestana Palace is a luxurious 5 star hotel located in a XIX century palace and is classified as a nacional monument.

Producer Director  Fátima Magalhães
Photographer João Carlos
Photo Assistant Rui Rodrigues
Post Production Bruno Jorge
Model Fredy Costa
Styling Jacinto Paiva
Hairstylist Magnólia Karlsson
Make-Up Madalena Martins
Special Thanks Pestana Palace Hotel

Full Throttle, Small Kit BIG Results.

FUJI XT-1 PROFOTO B2 off camera flash SMALL KIT BIG RESULTS


Camera XT-1 XF and the Fujinon 14mmF2.8 | F/13 | 1/250th sec | ISO 800 
                                                            Full Throttle Small Kit, Big Results from JOAOCARLOSMEDIA on Vimeo.



When a friend of yours for over twenty  years calls you up and says he has a new ride and would love some pictures of it, you wake up early to get the beauty of early morning sunshine and get that perfect combination of natural light and  flash at sunrise .





 I was also excited about being able to experiment with the wi-fi capabilities of the X-T1 -
 We mounted the  XT-1 and  a  XF 14mm f/2.8 lens with a magic arm as if it were an action camera to the handle bars of the motorbike. This was an awesome perspective: the results have a dramatic, high impact  advertising feel and the file quality is superb on the XT-1 so I could go a little more crazy on the editing.

Testing the wi-fi capabilities for selfies. Approved. 


Another cool selfie taken from a distance. The Fujifilm Camera Remote app gives me full camera control 
The Wi-fi connection was very fast, clocking in at about under a minute.



Camera XT-1and the  Fujinon XF 14mmF2.8 | F/16 | 1/40th sec | ISO 800






Camera XT-1 and the Fujinon XF 14mmF2.8 | F/14 | 1/250th sec | ISO 800
The tilt screen  on the XT-1 makes it easy to get these super low-angles, creating a more dramatic visual
Camera XT-1 and the Fujinon XF 14mmF2.8 | F/16 | 1/125th sec | ISO 800


My buddy Goncalo standing in for that early morning sunshine 





My Intern Rui standing in to test the light.
Thank you Gonçalo, I had a lot of fun. 



Clear image and total control via Fujifilm Camera Remote

Here I am filming while walking along side the motorbike.


Thing of beauty

Fujinon XF 14mmF2.8 




The Profoto B2 off camera flash is a great  option for pretty much any on location shoot
  The B2 250 Air TTL Power Pack weighs only  2.2 lb with its Lithion -Ion battery and each  head only  weighs 1.5 lbs – 
 The B2 boasts super fast  recycling times and  There is a Freeze Mode that allows   me to stop the action even if  the subject is moving at hi speeds .I used  bare bulb on one B2 head the other was mounted with a set of barn doors , I love this raw light perfect for the dramatic affect .

 When you combine B2 and X-T1 it's a super small kit that allows for huge results . 

Gear List

Fujifilm X-T1 Silver Edition
Fujinon XF Super EBC 14mm f/2.8
Fujinon XF Super EBC 27mm f/2.8
Fujinon XF Super EBC 35mm f/1.4
Fujinon XF Super EBC 56mm f/1.2

SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC 128 Gb Cards

3 Legged Thing Tripod

 B2 Off-Camera Flash Heads
 B2 250 AirTTL Battery Pack
 Li-Ion Batteries
 Battery Charger
 Air Remote TTL Transceiver
 B2 Extension cable 3m
 OCF Barndoors
 OCF Snoot
 10 Degree OCF Honeycomb Grid

Actor Head shots with Fuji XT-1 and Ice Lights Big results small Kit




Bruno Gonçalves - image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens ;
Whenever I am asked to define my work or what kind of pictures I take, I always say fashion and advertising, but I have been taking portraits longer than any other subject matter. 
The actor portrait also known as the head shot is a photograph of a person's face or head and shoulders.    
Casting directors sift through hundreds of headshots, looking for the person with the right look for a particular role. 
The possiblites of a connection with an actor can be really amazing , The possible range of expressions can create something wonderful when the pieces come together . 
  1. Bruno Gonçalves - image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens
    This series of images is from one of those moments. I was invited by my good friend and amazing actor and actor instructor Liliana Leite to give an actors head shot workshop. Basically I gave them an introduction to head shot photography as part of their actors workshop. Like this they get a full experience and this can better prepare them for future shoots and castings.

    Bruno Gonçalves - image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens
    Head shots often feature the actor or actress facing off-center. A performer will often have head shots expressing different poses and expressions to give a potential employer,  an idea of the subject's range of appearances or expressions. These types of head shots are called "looks". It is common for an actor to have different head shots for different roles, but for the most part these consist of a change in attire. The head shots that include a person’s shoulders are called "three-quarter" shots.
Bruno Gonçalves - image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens  barn doors on Ice lights create more dramatic lighting. 
Liliana Leite - image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens

Ana Carvalho - image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens 

Ana Carvalho - image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens 


This was my first official shoot with the Fuji XT-1 -- on a side note you are going to see a lot more on the Fuji X line of cameras here on the blog. I had received the XT-1 and had only had time to shoot some street style images. I had been more interested in understanding the camera's interface than getting the shot. Well on this sunday it was serious and I had to get the shot.  
Bruno Gonçalvesimage taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens 
Bruno Gonçalves - Image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens


Bruno Gonçalves - Image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm ; f/1.2 R Lens ; Aperture f/5.0 Shutter 1/30 / ISO 350 Barn doors and Ice Light create a  dramatic effect

Luis Nascimento - image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens  Barn doors and Ice Light create a  dramatic effect 
The biggest challenge of the day was maybe the fact I had five subjects to photograph in the same afternoon , that doesn't leave allot of time to make the connection and get the shot .. I don't want my gear to be in the way , in fact its the exact opposite , I use the Wesctcott Ice lights because of the quick lighting options it provides . quick change of angle or use of barn doors and the lighting is can be completely different . 
BTS view of the lighting set up two Westcott Ice-lights with barn doors , I also used a discontiued Tri- reflector . you can replace it for a similar affect  with the EyeLighter also from Westcott ,  You can also see the Fuji XT-1 with  XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens . 
Bruno Gonçalves - image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens  Barn doors and Ice Light create a  dramatic effect 


Ana Carvalho - image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens  Barn doors and Ice Light create a  dramatic effect 

Liliana Leite - image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens  Barn doors and Ice Light create a  dramatic effect 

Liliana Leite - image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens ; Aperture f/2.8 ; Shutter 1/125 / ISO400 Barn doors and Ice Light create a  dramatic effect 

Liliana Leite - image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens  Barn doors and Ice Light create a  dramatic effect 

 Luis Nascimento - image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens Barn doors and Ice Light create a  dramatic effect 

Afonso Molinar - image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens Barn doors and Ice Light create a  dramatic effect 

  1. Previously, head shots were often in black-and-white; however, most head shots are now taken in color.
    Actors' head shots, when printed and not simply uploaded online to an industry database, are done in an 8"×10" format. Other promotional images, for example, press shots and lobby prints, may be in many different aspect ratios. Acting head shots are often not photographic prints, instead they are typically printed via a lithographic or laser process.
    The main purpose of an actor's head shot is identification. Therefore, the most important feature of an actor's head shot is that it represents the subject. Theatrical head shots are usually very "neutral" looking shots of the actor clearly showing their facial features.
    Head shots are intended to show a person as they currently appear and reflect their best qualities. Therefore, if an actor's hair has been recently cut or colored, they would often get a new head shot to reflect their new image. Additionally, if an actor has a scar or facial blemish, it is expected to be visible on the head shot and not digitally removed from the image. Pimples or spots are temporary and, therefore, are usually digitally retouched.



Actor Head Shots with the Fuji XT-1 from JOAOCARLOSMEDIA on Vimeo.

Gear List 
Camera

Fujifilm X-T1 Silver Edition
Fujinon XF Super EBC 14mm f/2.8
Fujinon XF Super EBC 27mm f/2.8
Fujinon XF Super EBC 35mm f/1.4
Fujinon XF Super EBC 56mm f/1.2
Fujifilm extra battery
Fujifilm flash
Sandisk extreme pro SD cards
3 Legged Thing Tripod
Fujifilm microfiber lens cloth
G-Drive ev 1 Tb
Moo Business cards
Koylab Minibook
RAVPower 3200mAh External Battery with flashlight 

Lighting 
The Ice Lights are amazing. They're small and very portable, and they produce a beautiful light, which is daylight color balanced. They also run for about 2.5 hours on a single battery which is great -- and if that's not enough then you can attach an extra battery through the Ice light two-way connector which gives about 1 to 1.5 hours of extra battery time. Em q occasions usa ice lights
F.J. Westcott Icelight Bag
2x Westcott Ice Light
2x Westcott Ice Light Power Pack Battery
2x Westcott Ice Light Tungsten Gel
2x Westcott Barn Doors for Ice Light
2x Westcott Tilter Bracktet with brass spigots
2x Westcott Ice Light Two-Way Connector
2x Batteries Chargers
1 Tri Flector or EyeLighter

Post Processing 
Head Shots can either be in color or black & white if you decide to go black and white , this a quick step by step I created using Tonality Pro by Macphun .
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 I start by retouching the skin imperfections  . Since I am used to Photoshop thats usually my first step  but lately I have been using Snapheel Pro more and more . After cleaning any blemishes and or pimples or spots .
Afonso Molinar - image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R ; Aperture f/3.3 ; Shutter 1/30 / ISO 320 Lens Barn doors and Ice Light create a  dramatic effect . 

Step 1 -
I open the image in Tonality Pro and there is plethora of presets and  authentic film emulation to choose from . I start by creating a  copy layer .



 Step 2- 
I always love Hi contrast images below you can see the difference a little contrast can do .



 Step 3 - Ilford Delta 3200 Iso  film emulation preset . 

Step 4 -I ad yet another layer and use Crsip preset  at 6%

A little extra clarity will go along way , and the Fuji files hold up brilliantly . I love the Hi contrast sharp look and feel to the images , classic but still contemporary. 

Afonso Molinar -  Final Edited image taken with Fuji XT-1 Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens .