Our seventh gravure book has been finally circulating the net for awhile so I thought posting something up in the blog about the book. We did this shoot in an awesome beach house in Batangas last March just when the weather was finally tapering off to summer. Luckily, we were blessed with good sun for the most part of the shoot since I don’t use any strobes or artificial light sources for all the gravure-style shoots. Hence despite all the preparation, cooperative weather is the only major factor left up to chance.
It was a great experience shooting with Maica. The last time I got to work with her was for an FHM editorial years ago, so it was a little reunion of sorts in front of the camera after several years. We did this book over two (2) days, shooting almost non stop as long as the light allowed us. As much as the end result looks like a vacation, producing was another story. Make-up already starts before sunrise, and the clicking begins soon after. The usual breaks are there, but there wasn’t much time spent sitting around. It was either we were shooting or prepping for the next scene. Good thing our model was a trooper and finished the shoot with good spirits.
Shooting usually ended around 6PM, when you really can’t squeeze anymore light from that without using a tripod. I was so exhausted from the day, I was already out for the count right after dinner. Rinse and repeat the following morning.
My aperture settings never left 2.8, and everything (from shutter speed to ISO) revolves around that. That’s not just for the shallow depth of field, but overall effect you get from this light that no amount of strobe can replicate. It also helps understanding how light interacts with the surroundings, so you get to adjust from a soft all front, or a strong back light effect. You would also need a set of reflectors from silver, white and pearl to get the range of light bouncing back to the model. The rest is all about picking that right spot at the right time in your chosen venue.
Endless Summer is now available to download from Buqo.
- Photography: Jay Tablante
- Make-up: Marichu Salud
- Styling: Hannah Kim
- Model: Maica Palo