We’re always interested in showcasing the work that goes on behind the lens and the set-up that goes into taking the end shots that we see.
To that end we tasked Craig Barrett with providing an insight into his photographic process so that we see the various steps involved from concept to execution. Craig breaks down his latest Star Wars themed shoot in his own words below :
“This Star Wars shot was set up using my self-made “Mos Eisley” style diorama, the walls are all moveable to allow different angles and set ups. I also have a few different props/accessories to add extra bits of detail, although none are present in this one. After the diorama has been positioned and set up, I try to place the figures in natural looking poses to aim for realism, this can be the most frustrating part – the more figures there are, the more there are to keep falling over and they normally take everyone else down with them! Sometimes, if the legs are not going to be visible, I sometimes use something to prop the figure up.
I generally use a plug-in daylight led bulb which is placed directly above, on my camera tripod, so that I can adjust the height if needed. This illuminates everything pretty well, then I use a couple of small led lights from different angles to better light up some of the shadowed areas. The whole set up looks very basic, but I think it just goes to show that you don’t need a load of expensive kit to do the job.
I shoot using my Samsung NX1100 with the standard 18-55mm lens it came with. I’m still in the learning process with it and by no means am I a pro! I tend to use the manual settings to give me more control, more so for focus. I take three or four shots with different settings and light positions then look back through them and keep the best looking one. For this particular shot the settings were f5.6, ISO 800, shutter speed 1/20s.
I then send the photo over to my iPhone, via the cameras built in wifi, for any editing that I think is needed. In this case, I felt that a simple Instagram filter did a nice job. I do all my editing from my iPhone as it’s easy to do and the variety of apps on offer do provide some great effects/filters. So some action shots may require a few different apps.”
You can see more of Craig’s work over on Instagram where he regularly posts his latest shoots so be sure to check him out and also feel free to leave a comment below to let us know what your thoughts.