Halloween Horror Photo Shoot: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey

Halloween Horror Photo Shoot: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey


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.

100 thoughts on “Halloween Horror Photo Shoot: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey

  • October 25, 2018 at 2:24 pm
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    Awesome!! 🎃🎃🎃

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  • October 25, 2018 at 2:26 pm
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    Gavin, you did it again! fantastic! PS: you seem a little bit tired… are you?

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  • October 25, 2018 at 2:29 pm
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    Awesome

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  • October 25, 2018 at 2:31 pm
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    Pausing for a moment before the video begins to say I am so excited for this.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 2:42 pm
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    Awesome job Gavin and Kerry. Great video!

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  • October 25, 2018 at 2:42 pm
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    Interested what kind of grips you used to hold the polycarbonate sheet on your stands.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 2:45 pm
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    All good Gavin!

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  • October 25, 2018 at 2:46 pm
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    Great stuff as always, thanks for this!

    Could you please post a link to the video about how you made that distressed perspex window? It looks pretty great, too. Thanks!

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  • October 25, 2018 at 2:47 pm
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    Always the best tutorials 👌🏻👌🏻👍🏻‼️

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  • October 25, 2018 at 2:51 pm
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    Another fantastic presentation by the master. Thanks Gavin, Kerry, and Sam!

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  • October 25, 2018 at 2:55 pm
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    Excellent video as usual and also just like to say your model and make up artist did a great job. As always thanks for sharing your work.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 2:56 pm
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    Nice one Gavin, always informative and good fun, many thanks Doug

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  • October 25, 2018 at 2:56 pm
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    Perhaps you could do something with Guido Fawkes about now?

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  • October 25, 2018 at 3:01 pm
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    It is always a pleasure to see your contributions.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 3:03 pm
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    Halloween shoot ????
    I thought it was for her Tinder page 😉

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  • October 25, 2018 at 3:04 pm
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    Good shoot…

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  • October 25, 2018 at 3:06 pm
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    What's what's half the window?

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  • October 25, 2018 at 3:10 pm
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    Was there a reason for the super fast shutter speeds? I noticed they were 1/2000 and 1/4000th. Just wondering. Thanks and LOVE the shoot!!

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  • October 25, 2018 at 3:19 pm
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    Cracking idea!

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  • October 25, 2018 at 3:20 pm
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    Love it, Gavin. Thank you!

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  • October 25, 2018 at 3:22 pm
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    amazing

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  • October 25, 2018 at 3:33 pm
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    hello gavin what is the backdrop you are using and what do you have on the floor , great tips and tricks as usual .

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  • October 25, 2018 at 3:39 pm
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    Bonjour Gavin , superbe vidéo de ce Setup !! Merci !! J ai 2 Godox AD200 ce sont vraiment d excellents flashs . Je suis toutes tes vidéos …..depuis la France. Amitiés de France Gavin

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  • October 25, 2018 at 3:40 pm
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    Awesome work Gavin. 👍👍 Enjoy a lot, as always.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 3:45 pm
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    Always a great video when it's Gavin

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  • October 25, 2018 at 4:01 pm
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    I was looking forward to the video and as expected…delivered on all fronts! Great job.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 4:08 pm
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    Amazing shot

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  • October 25, 2018 at 4:19 pm
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    Hello i'm Gavin hoey bought to you by adorama the camera got's everything for us the photographer…

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  • October 25, 2018 at 4:30 pm
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    Been waiting on a Gavin video!

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  • October 25, 2018 at 4:30 pm
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    Super creative and simple, Gavin is the god of creativity and master of the smoke

    P.s: oh how I like this "subscribe button" part in every video

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  • October 25, 2018 at 4:31 pm
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    Awesome!!!

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  • October 25, 2018 at 4:47 pm
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    Dam it Gavin, now I won't be able to sleep : (

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  • October 25, 2018 at 5:09 pm
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    I have removed my lens during camera is turned on does it harm the camera i have a 1500d cAnon plezz answer

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  • October 25, 2018 at 5:34 pm
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    Awesome video as always, thank you Gavin!

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  • October 25, 2018 at 5:43 pm
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    Good job Gavin as always. Could you pls elaborate on why you went for such a high shutter speed?

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  • October 25, 2018 at 5:51 pm
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    Thumbs up clicked in the first few seconds of this video 😊 Brilliant as always Gavin.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 6:15 pm
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    Awesomeness is here. Btw it could be much better if you tried the blood coming from the mouth in motion. As you used high shutter.. Love you 😍

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  • October 25, 2018 at 6:26 pm
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    Fantastic job as always Gav.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 6:26 pm
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    You're the best, Gavin Hoooeeeey!

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  • October 25, 2018 at 6:40 pm
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    Another brilliant and fun to watch video Gavin, thank you very much. Great job 👍

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  • October 25, 2018 at 7:55 pm
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    Thanks, Gavin! As always, wonderful presentation. I'm curious: in your home studio, what is the height and color of the ceiling? Thanks in advance.
    P.S. Much Love, Adorama! You guys (and girls) are the best.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 8:36 pm
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    Great as always, can't wait for your next masterpiece.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 8:45 pm
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    Amazing Gavin! Literally without coma! Great job sir, love your work 😛

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  • October 25, 2018 at 8:49 pm
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    Fantastic as always Thanks Gavin

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  • October 25, 2018 at 9:56 pm
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    Awesome as usual! Thank You!!! 🙂

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  • October 25, 2018 at 11:31 pm
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    Gavin i love your style dude keep it up and more power.

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  • October 26, 2018 at 1:45 am
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    fantastic

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  • October 26, 2018 at 2:19 am
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    @gavin Awesome! For those of us who can't sync at 1/4000th sec., how would you shoot this?

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  • October 26, 2018 at 2:55 am
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    I always enjoy your videos, fun, energetic and of course, educational.

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  • October 26, 2018 at 3:22 am
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    Awesome Gavin love your videos!!

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  • October 26, 2018 at 5:12 am
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    This is awesome! 😊

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  • October 26, 2018 at 6:25 am
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    I just love your videos. This is a great one. Cheers 🙂

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  • October 26, 2018 at 7:01 am
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    Gavin you are awesome.. as always…

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  • October 26, 2018 at 11:01 am
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    Thanks Gavin, it's really interesting. I love your video.

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  • October 26, 2018 at 11:53 am
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    Excellent Gavin

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  • October 26, 2018 at 12:04 pm
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    Amazing!!!

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  • October 26, 2018 at 12:17 pm
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    Well put together video Gavin. Look out for local zombie walks too, a great opportunity to capture images.

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  • October 26, 2018 at 12:29 pm
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    You always keep simple Gavin you're an amazing tutor.

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  • October 26, 2018 at 12:47 pm
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    Great job Gavin! Great fun 👍

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  • October 26, 2018 at 12:53 pm
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    great job great theme!

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  • October 26, 2018 at 1:41 pm
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    You never disappoint, Gavin, excellent video.. 👻👻

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  • October 26, 2018 at 2:37 pm
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    Wow Gav….just amazing

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  • October 26, 2018 at 4:02 pm
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    Such a great video-entertaining and educational….and maybe a bit scary!! Thanks!

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  • October 26, 2018 at 4:06 pm
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    This is probably one of the best ones you've done so far. The images turned out great! The process seemed simple. Awesome job!

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  • October 26, 2018 at 7:09 pm
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    Really nice Gavin. I left Nikon for the Olympus system last week and compared to the D4 this is feather light. 🙂 I have two questions for you. First i see you use iso 200 and not the 64 setting (low). In my test the iso 64 gave me a nicer smoother image, is there a reason for this setting?? Second, i see you shoot at /2000 of a second. That means high speed sync to me. I use Elinchrom RX lights with the pocketwizard system (st4 and plus 3). i don't have this option and i can't use the Nikon tt1 or tt5. Is there gear to make this possible with my setup?? Again, super shoot with a great result!!!

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  • October 26, 2018 at 7:31 pm
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    superb! great and easy setup

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  • October 26, 2018 at 9:40 pm
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    What's the clamps holding up the polycarbonate panel?

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  • October 26, 2018 at 10:55 pm
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    No doubt you are very creative, you do a lot with so little. It is inspirational! Thanks for the video!

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  • October 27, 2018 at 1:31 am
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    Can I get any information about the smoke device used in the making of the shoot please? Great video by the way

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  • October 27, 2018 at 4:02 am
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    This is absolutely phenomenal!!!

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  • October 27, 2018 at 6:53 am
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    Your videos are educational and super fun to watch, not one second boring. I love them all. 😍

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  • October 27, 2018 at 7:04 am
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    great shot! and great post work! you always take amazing photos!

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  • October 27, 2018 at 7:38 am
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    Always great Thanks

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  • October 27, 2018 at 9:09 am
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    what a great shot Gavin..

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  • October 27, 2018 at 9:29 am
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    great shock to me even if every clip is only about 10 mins.

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  • October 27, 2018 at 2:29 pm
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    Great video and amazing shots as usual

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  • October 27, 2018 at 2:56 pm
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    loved it as always!! excellent job!!!

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  • October 27, 2018 at 4:02 pm
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    Well I've been looking forward to this one since you posted the trailer a couple of weeks back Gavin. It certainly didn't disappoint. Great model, and superb final images. Certainly a lot different in tone to last year's Halloween shoot 😀

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  • October 27, 2018 at 5:29 pm
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    As always a excellent video

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  • October 27, 2018 at 6:36 pm
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    This is GREAT Gavin
    One Problem I see……
    Carie is so pretty no matter how much blood you add, so I'm not scared !!
    Just Awesome
    P.S.
    Glad to see you back doing these & nice new monitor !!

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  • October 28, 2018 at 1:47 pm
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    Oh, I didn't expect to see an 45mm ƒ1.2 . Great fun as usual!

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  • October 28, 2018 at 9:15 pm
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    Great video Gavin,,what size is your studio

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  • October 28, 2018 at 9:30 pm
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    Really cool. Give 10/10 :)))

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  • October 28, 2018 at 10:14 pm
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    whaaaaaaaat?
    U R amazing creativity then creativity
    thanks Gavin.

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  • October 29, 2018 at 5:05 am
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    Once again a great video

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  • October 29, 2018 at 9:58 am
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    Gary Hoey : The jolliest dungeon keeper ever 😛 Thanks for another great video.

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  • October 29, 2018 at 8:07 pm
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    Gavin, where to get the reflector and grids?

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  • October 31, 2018 at 1:08 pm
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    Loved your intro!!!! I made a Halloween Photoshoot too if you want to check it out :))

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  • October 31, 2018 at 5:08 pm
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    enjoyed this video simple and effective always best

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  • October 31, 2018 at 10:39 pm
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    Love your stuff as always. I’m not sure if you did a video on this or not. How did you make your backdrop? It looks like it has a texture to it.

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  • November 1, 2018 at 12:10 am
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    Great work, so refreshing to see a photographer at work instead of listening to vlogger 'pro's' talking about gear.

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  • November 5, 2018 at 1:07 am
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    you are the best

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  • November 8, 2018 at 10:25 pm
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    Lo máximo Mr. Gavin

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  • February 3, 2019 at 9:58 pm
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    super cool

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  • March 21, 2019 at 8:22 pm
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    Sha doesn't look like she's escaping the basement. She looks like she is a crazed out zombie glued to the wall.

    Pictures are as always great.

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  • June 26, 2019 at 6:40 am
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    As a horror photographer I approve this shoot! Amazing!!

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  • September 19, 2019 at 2:40 pm
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    This was a fun shoot! I enjoyed watching it very much. Thank you.

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  • October 27, 2019 at 9:27 pm
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    What great fun!

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  • October 28, 2019 at 6:40 am
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    Wow amazing, I like your work,,, you’re a great 👍 photographer

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  • November 1, 2019 at 2:22 am
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    Hey Gavin, excellent video. I noticed you used a shutter speed of 1/2000 and I think 1/4000. I'm assuming you're using high-speed sync (HSS). Please correct me if I'm wrong about the HSS but if you are using HSS would you mind explaining why?

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