Poster for Alice in Wonderland
I have had enough photographers ask me about this I decided to do a blog post about it.
First. Why bother doing this? I am pretty new to the area and I wanted to create a buzz about my High School Senior photo business. www.arlundseniors.com if you would like to visit.
I have a friend that is the drama teacher at a local High School and I asker her if she would let me photograph some posters and then get some free advertising plus the buzz I’ll create if I do a good job.
I have done 3 posters now and they have done exactly what I had hoped.
Here are the 1st two that I shot.
So on to Alice in Wonderland & Back Again…
The first thing I do is go out to the web and look at some of the imagery that has been created. I found a few images that seemed pretty cool but one stood out to me.
It was a promo for the TV movie back in 1985:
Alice in Wonderland from TV show in 1985
This gave me the idea to have Alice going around a big mushroom. This past summer I had photographed a “set” consisting of plants I bought at Home Depot and a lot of dirt. It is for an photographic series that I am currently working on based on what is below us. To read more about that take a look at my other site. I Wanna Photograph You. Here is the blog post containing one of those images. http://iwannaphotographyou.com/blog/2012/11/2/creativity
I had a little success with that shoot and though I could do something like that again.
What I needed:
1. Home Depot – for strange plants. What I bought here.
2. Michaels – Moss and a fake tree and green styrofoam.
3. Whole Foods – Exotic mushrooms. Yummy
That’s about it.
The first thing I did was schedule some time to photograph the actors at the high school. My wife and I met up with the students right after school. My wife does the makeup for me. (I’m lucky)
I had a sketch drawn out already so I knew what I was going to do. Preplanning or storyboarding is essential to make things go fast. I am able to shoot quickly. Here is the sketch I used. (such the artist. lol)
Sketch for poster. With Hatter and Alice in environment and Queen looking over in the clouds
Lets take a look at the actual shots. The first was of the Mad Hatter. We just went outside with a couple of other students and I had him lean up against a brick wall of the high school.
Here is a screenshot from Lightroom of the raw file.
Mad Hatter lit with a speedlight in the back and a AB800 with grid strip box in front.
For the next shot of Alice I had a student hold a trash can to act as the mushroom stalk that she would be running around. I wanted her running because the wig she was wearing was very plain and I thought some movement would spice up the image.
Alice running. One speedlight as rim light in back and the AB 800 with strip-box as main light
The final shot was of the Queen of Hearts. This was basically a beauty shot since the image would feature mostly her face in the clouds. Again I just ran outside and found an empty part of sky and shot into it. I switched lenses from the 50mm to a 70-200. We added a beauty dish as the main light and a silver reflector underneath her to even out shadows.
The Queen of Hearts basic shot. One light and a reflector that the Mad Hatter is holding. See his arm in the shot.
Next up was to get the set built and hope that the actors would be easy to cut out. I went ahead and cut out Alice and the Mad Hatter and positioned them with some screen shots from the web. I went out and found a mushroom and a playing card. (I ended up using the playing card because it was so cool looking. I printed it out and made a card out of it.) The background is a photo of some trees I shot a long time ago.
I was pretty happy with the way they cut out and I was excited to put the set together.
I just set up in front of an open front door and I put my 580 flash outside to act as the backlight. To light the main area I got a AB800 and just put a 20 degree grid on the reflector and pointed down at the set.
Unfortunately I do not own a macro lens and I think that would have come in handy. I tried shooting with a 50mm a 70-200 and ultimatly went with the 17-40 so I could “get into” the set.
Above shot of the set in the hallway.
My son holding up the dry erase board.
Trying out a different point of view, different lens
Trying different angles and perspectives with lenses
The perspective I liked and trying out the scale of the actors
Poster for Alice in Wonderland
I’ll talk about how I put it all together in the next post. Let mw know your thoughts on this and these kind of posts.