In the Wind Behind the Scenes Video

I have been asked more times than I can count, if I can share my lighting with photographers wishing to understand what I did for a specific image I have done. So I decided to have one of my shoots which features designers “Paul & Joe” Paris for their Spring/Summer collection captured on video.

Frédérique Renaut used a Fuji F100 digital 6 mega pixel consumer digital camera to capture the scenes and quite frankly, I am quite impressed with the results.

None the less, it will give you an insider view in to one of my shoots where I used a mixed bag of HMI cinema lights, Tungsten and Flash as well as scrims, flags and other stuff to achieve my goal.

I was also very pleased with the clothing on offer from “Paul & Joe” Paris. They worked perfectly for the theme, except for one change that didn’t work out. Was not as fluid as I would have liked and the color I chose for the capture didn’t work with the rest, so we decided to use another clothing change that would be more in line with the rest of the theme.

Anyways, hope you enjoy this almost as much as I did

The Team

Photography: Benjamin Kanarek,
Model: Julia Potapova, Silent Models Paris
Stylist: Parissima Saleh
Make-Up: Marielle Loubet , Calliste Agency Paris
Hair: Armand Fauquet, Artlist Agency Paris
Fashion: Paul & Joe Paris
Digital Retouch: Freddy Baby, Paris
Video: Frédérique Renaut
Studio: La Platform, Paris


Music: Phoenix© one of my favorite Pop/Rock groups presently.

Final Images

I was asked for a more specific technical lighting explanation, here is the short version:

I shot most of the production at 1/4 to 1/15th of a second depending on the rendering desired.I used a mix of 2 X 2.5 Kilo HMI flicker-less cinema lights for the backdrop which I lit at around f11.0. The open flash heads were also putting out f11.0 giving a total of between f13.0 and f16.0 for the backdrop. For the Model Julia, I used a single head with a standard 7 inch diameter silver bowl and medium honeycomb grid and blocked the light just below her waste and used a flag to do so. The bottom half of her body was lit with a Mandarin 2 kilo tungsten light, using a full blue correction filter.

I wanted my background 2 stops hotter than the foreground, to burn some of the detail of the Muslin fabric in movement as well as to outline the body of the model, giving a slight aura effect. I also used  Plexiglas floor panels to add dimension to the image. The main light was between f8.0 and f11.0 and on several shots, had a 1/2 blue gel correction filter attached. I used a Pentax DA 40mm Ltd pancake lens for most of the day and the Pentax DA 31mm Ltd for another shot and the Pentax DA*16-50 for another. I used the Pentax K20D for the shoot.

There you have it.

About Benjamin Kanarek
Fashion and Beauty Photographer. Some of the magazines I have shot for include: VOGUE (China, Portugal, Brazil, Italia, Paris and South America & Mexico editions), RG VOGUE Brazil, Harper’s BAZAAR (China, en Español & Latin America, Hong Kong, Italy editions), L’Officiel Paris, ELLE (Spain, Portugal and Greece editions), Madame Figaro (France), Cosmopolitan (France and Italy editions), Glamour (France), Votre Beauté, Jardin des Modes, Dépêche Mode, New York Daily News, Fashion District News, New York Times Magazine, W (British edition), WWD, Fashion Magazine (Canada), Flare (Canada), Oyster, Tank, WestEast…