Steffen has been to the studio several times with his costumes. He has built some of the best Star Wars costumes I have ever seen, this time he was all excited to get shot in his movie accurate spider-man outfit. Unfortunately the night before the shoot he burst the zippier and couldn’t get it repaired in time.  I had just finished shooting Jasmine doing her yoga and hand stands when he arrived and thought hay keep the same light set up, shoot white on white and have some fun with it.

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When I’m working with white subjects on a white background or black subjects on a black background I always look at using some rim lighting. this will help keep separation between my model and the background and stop them from melting in to the background. Also using a flash meter saves you so much time, its kind of funny because shooting 99.99% digital these days I though the days of the flash meter were dead. In fact I had stopped using one for a long time, but things had become too much trial and error. If I get a idea in my head I then I also know generally what aperture I’m going to want to shoot that idea at. The last 12 months or so I have gone back to using a flash meter again because it saves me 10 or 15 minutes with every light set up which is also a time saving for my models as well. Imaging standing there under the lights with that costume on for 15 minutes while I’m running around saying “hold on a minute” “just a second” etc etc.

snow trooper_web (111 of 63) snow trooper_web (114 of 63) snow trooper_web (128 of 63) The 501st Legion (nicknamed Vader’s Fist) is an international fan-based organisation dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate replicas of Imperial Stormtrooper armor, Sith Lords, Clone Troopers, bounty hunters, and other villains from the Star Wars universe. The 501st Legion, sometimes called by its nickname “Vader’s Fist,” is made up entirely of volunteers. Giving back to the community is one of the 501st Legion’s highest priorities. Members regularly participate in events to raise awareness of charitable causes, from walk-a-thons to blood drives. Because of this, the 501st Legion proudly refers to themselves as “the bad guys who do good. For public and private gatherings, the Legion never charges a fee for an appearance, but they do welcome donations made to an event host’s favorite charity in the name of the Legion or the local Legion unit. If an event host does not have a charity of choice, Legion members usually provide a suggestion, sometimes tied to a fundraising effort that is already underway. In cases where the event host is itself a charitable organization, a donation is usually not accepted by the 501st Legion as they volunteer their time for that charitable organisation. In 2012, the members of the 501st donated almost six million hours that helped raise $14.7 million for charity worldwide.



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