STEP by STEP / Create a spooky set
1 Place the flashguns
We placed a pair of flashguns with wireless triggers affixed to light stands to the left and right of our model. This created a balanced split light on either side of them, with a shadow down the middle, and clearly outlined the shape of our main subject with light.
2 Cordon off the backdrop
Next we pulled a black curtain behind our subject to block any stray light from bouncing off adjacent walls and striking them. It made for a nice, clean backdrop, which meant it would be easier to blend in our fire images later on in the process.
3 Dial in the settings
We used an aperture setting of f/4.5 to keep most of our subject in focus but ensure the backdrop was out of focus. Our shutter speed was 1/200 sec to match the max sync speed of the flash, and we used ISO100 to get an overall balanced exposure.
4 Take a shot of both
We wanted the skull to look like it was hovering above our subject’s hand, so we took two separate shots. One of the model gesturing towards the camera, and another where the subject held the skull up in front of the curtain, taking care to lean out of the frame.