In this video I do a scary Halloween shoot in my small home studio Hello I’m Gavin Hoey and you’re watching AdoramaTV brought to you by Adorama, the camera store that’s got everything for us photographers and today you join me in my small home studio. Except today this is actually a darkened dingy basement because in a minute we’re going to bring a model in and we’re going to pretend she’s locked in the basement and do some scary Halloween themed shots. Now I needed a few props for this and the first one was some clean new bandages and they don’t look clean because we’ve stained them. We used, we had to use some coffee they smell really nice and some fake blood. Now there’s lots of different fake blood out there. We’ve got several for this shoot because they’re all different some of them were thin and runny. Others were thick and gloopy some of them stained skin. Others were unsuitable for use near eyes. Now you can make your own fake blood but whatever you use make sure you test it before you put it anywhere near your models skin. Right let’s get the lights set, let’s get a model in, let’s get shooting. So to help me out today. I’ve got the amazing Kerry. Kerry is going to be the model for this shoot and she is trapped in the basement that is actually my small home studio. You can see she’s not having the best of days but it’s going to get worse for her as the shoot goes on but at the moment she’s in kind of distressed clothing. We’ve put a patch over her eye. We made her hair go a little bit messy. Right so that’s Kerry, what about the lighting? Well we’re going to do a bunch of different setups. The first one’s going to be a nice simple Head & Shoulders shot with Kerry sat down and it’s going to involve a couple of lights. Now if it’s a multi-light setup, I’d like to break it down one light at a time. The first light is up here. I’ve got an eVolv 200 right up on the ceiling and that’s going to put a little shaft of light, as if Kerry was trapped in a basement and there is the skylight up there. I’ve got a grid on that light which means it should give a nice tight beam and stop any of the light hitting Kerry. Now to light Kerry I’m going to use a second eVolv 200 which we’ve got up here, again there is a grid on this just to give me a bit of control of the light. So let’s turn that light on and we’ll just take a shot and see if it’s the right exposure. Here we go. So that’s come up really well, I like this but we need an extra element for this we need a little bit of blood. So that’s what we’re going to add in next. So as you can see poor old Kerry has had a bit of an eye injury but that’s great because that’s exactly what we want for this Halloween type shoot. So let’s see how this looks just by changing that one thing? Okay Kerry here we go, and that looks really good but there’s a bit of a problem with the lighting because the lights coming in from one side and she’s lost an eye on the other side of the light, it’s in shade, so I just need to take my light and move it around to the other side and hopefully that will put a little bit of light in the eye that’s actually damaged, okay here we go, but when I do that of course I get a shadow going in the other direction and now I’ve lost light in her good eye! Well the solution for this is actually really simple. Here’s what I’m going to do, Kerry can I ask you to look up towards that light? Don’t look at the light just look off to the side and if Kerry looks towards the light, light will reach her eyes at least the one good eye. So we can now see light in her good eye but of course her bad eye, well we can see the detail in that too. Okay so that’s the basic setup, now we need Kerry to do a bit of modeling, well technically acting. So she’s going to act the part of someone who’s trapped in a basement with an eye damage, let’s do some shots, here we go, okay Kerry I need to bring your hands up that’s it you’re going to look up towards that light, it’s all sticky and horrible, it would be wouldn’t it? That’s it okay, maybe, pull your hair a little bit that’s a little bit of, kind of, that’s great hand on top of your head. So this time I’ve added an extra prop and it’s this sort of broken window effect now regular viewers to AdoramaTV may recognize this from a previous video that I shot and if you’ve not seen it go check out the Adorama Learning Centre and discover how this is made out of perspex, we’ve also given Kerry a little bit more blood, this time on our fingers because our hands are going to be in the shot as well, so let’s take a few pictures like this. Here we go. So the last setup we’re going to do for our Halloween themed shoot is Kerry trying to escape up out of our sort of basement down here, so she’s going to be against the wall facing the wall this way around, we’ve still got the the light above her head but now I’ve taken the gridded light just moved it round a little bit so I can get some light in her eyes, when she’s turned away from me. There’s also going to be a third light in this setup which is right back here. Now this light is going to come in really useful when we add some smoke into the scene because it wouldn’t be one of my shoots without a bit of smoke but that is going to be the very last thing that I do because once we add some smoke, it’s going to take ages to get out the studio. So let’s take a few shots without smoke and then we’ll add it in. Okay Kerry are you okay despite how you look? Let’s take some shots, here we go. Look up! There that’s it. Okay pulling your hair as well. Everything came together to create that spooky feel. Kerry’s amazing modeling the makeup, the smoke, the outfit, the lighting, all of it combined together to add to the scary spooky feel but there’s one more thing to do and that’s a bit of post-processing, so let’s have a little look. This is the picture I want to edit and I’m using Camera Raw inside of Photoshop. The first thing I want to do is change the temperature. I’d like a colder spooky feel by taking the temperature down to something like 4400 or thereabouts and that adds to that sort of bluish feel works really well. Now whilst I’m here, I’m going to take a little bit more contrast into this shot because I think it can take it but I don’t want to use the contrast slider necessarily, I mean that’s okay, but with the amount of smoke in this shot I’m actually going to use Dehaze, that will cut through the smoke, add a bit of contrast and I think it looks really good. I’ll add a bit more clarity as well because well I like a bit of clarity, it adds a bit more sharpness and texture, and then I’m going to look at the colours. Now Dehaze does some weird things to color sometimes, so don’t be surprised if you use Dehaze quite heavily that you have to use saturation or vibrance, in my case just to pull the colors back down and again the muted color palette I think works really well, maybe just a little bit loss of detail in the shadows here, so a little bit more shadow detail pulled out and we’re pretty much there, now that’s not an exact science of numbers. Every picture is going to have its own unique settings, but I’m happy with the look and feel of this. There’s just one small area that I could have overlooked really easily, it needs to be fixed. It’s this part down here, this sort of wedge-shaped patterned area there which is actually my studio wall. This is a rectangular piece of fabric, black fabric hung up, just to make sure my background was reasonably dark and it just missed this area here, so I’m going to fix that with the graduated filter, so I’ll select the graduated filter and then I’ll dial in some exposure reduction maybe a stop and whilst I’m here, I’m going to Dehaze as well. Then all I do is click and drag and I can drag out a nice dark area on the right hand side add a bit of Dehaze and you’ll notice how the Dehaze eats into the smoke a little bit and just adds a nice sort of, natural vignetted edge to that smoke and then it drifts off into black which could be really handy if I need to extend the canvas and that’s it there is my editing completed with a few final touches and tweaks, my spooky scarypicture is done. Well that brings me to the end of another Halloween video and this has been fantastic fun, now if you’ve got any questions or you’ve enjoyed the video, don’t forget to leave me a comment below and if you want to see more videos from myself and the other amazing presenters, right here on AdoramaTV you know what you’ve got to do, you’ve got to click on that subscribe button. I’m Gavin Hoey, thanks for watching.