Travails with my camera

Gatsby-esque

“Can you take some photos in the style of the new Great Gatsby movie?”. An acquaintance had a friend, who had a friend who was a singer/model.

I’d never seen either movie or read the book so I headed to the Internet. It seems we were after art deco, flapper girl look. Luckily, they already owned a costume.

With the usual micro-budget, it was time to think about the look. We wanted a really shallow depth of field, f/2 or so. We hung up a large sheet of bubble wrap and sellotaped some fairy lights to the back. We then shone a work light through one end. We then got some super cheap, plastic flowers from Shepherd’s Bush Market – didn’t matter they looked awful, they weren’t going to be in focus. Some were in front of the model, some behind.

Finally, another work light was used to light the model.

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In post, I either went for a sepia look, a vintage look, or added an art deco or Egyptomania graphic.

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