I took this shot for fellow friend, art director and podcaster Sylvain Grand’Maison about a month ago. Sylvain produces an extremely successful French podcast here in Quebec that features great podsafe music,Â great artists and does it all while drinking great beer and talking about social media and podcasting.
Sylvain needed some photography done so we got together for a few hours and clicked the shutter. He specifically had a concept in mind and we focused mainly on his concept (can’t talk about it yet). After the shoot though, we also took some casual shots and many of them came out quite nice including this one.
Sylvain’s blond hair and eyes came out really well against this black background and both he and I really dig this shot. In terms of lighting, I used a Quantum flash in an umbrella at 45 degrees and a reflector on the opposite site. I did a bit of softening on his body and added some glow to his hair in post so that his face is the most striking element in the shot. Exif data is 1/80 at F-7.0 ISO 400 at 75mm.