This was one shoot that happened out of serendipity. I was in between ad campaign jobs, and it so happened that one free day was sandwiched in between. Apple messaged me out of the blue finding out if I was game to shoot.
Over the years, there’s no place like shooting in Raffy’s house — which I personally refer to as Raffy’s last resort. Hehehe. It’s one house I would never get tired of shooting in. There is always some nook and cranny you’d get to re-explore.
Did all of these edits in just a morning. There wasn’t much to work on except for color grading. So when I locked on one type of grading for a series, it was pretty much a “copy-paste” workflow from there. I did some slight experiments in the second and third sets though for the heck of it.
It was overcast for most part of the day, which gave a this bluish and spread out lighting texture. This scenario is a double-edged sword, but it turned out to be in our favor. Everything was shot in high ISO with at least 400. If I can’t get enough grains, I add some more in post production. I never left the F2.8 mark and went for very shallow DoF all the way.
Experimented with various color grading in post production just for the heck of it. I personally like the first one.
The high-slit cheongsam was pleasant surprise Apple brought given my brief to her was the vintage Chinese look. Obviously I am still riding from that Wong Kar Wai shoot I did with Jinri for her calendar.
Doing these natural setting shots is a step back from the heavy effects and post-production we usually do in cosplay.
- Make-up: Kiko Escobar
- Styling: Model’s Own
- Model: Apple Angeles Chan
Check out my youtube channel for your regular glimpse behind the scenes! While you’re at it, drop buy the online store and get goodies from your favorite models!
For those interested in my commercial work, check out pointblankstudios.net and follow us at @pointblankmnl in IG.