Recently I got to work with FX makeup artist Nikoleta Tzani on a few projects. So far or collaborations have created neo-noir demons, Zombie hordes, Baba Yaga (a Slavic witch) and Recently this homage to Universal Studios Wolfman. Being that we are both big horror fans, I jumped at the chance when Nikoleta said she had a wolfman project ready to go. When planning how I would shoot the image I knew that even though it is a little cliche, I would need to have the moon featured somewhere. But then I thought how cool it would be to use my large octa to mimic the moon light and feature in the image as the actual moon.
To pull this off it was easier than I thought. All I had to do was place the octa directly behind the model. It was large enough to fill the screen, but also create a wrap around light, giving depth to the models form. All I had to do then was use a smaller soft box in front of the model and add a little fill light to get some details in the shadows. For me I always like to play with angles. Naturally, I always tend to shoot straight on at the start; I’m not sure why I do this. Then slowly I will start to move left and right, with the model locked in his pose and only me moving. It’s amazing how only a few little steps to either side can create some great angles or add depth to the form of your model.