Kari Orvik Tintype Photographer
Behind The Scenes
Shooting in the studio initially proved to be a challenge, mostly because the space was set against big windows, which allowed a lot of daylight in, and because the space was mostly comprised of neutral tones. So to capture properly exposed, lively imagery Andrew first white balanced his camera to about 4000k, making the image blue. He set up a powerful Q500, tuned it to 3200K, and added the 36" Para Softbox to act as a beauty light, removing the diffusion layers in order to take advantage of the reflective, silver interior. Next, he clipped an orange gel inside to contrast the blue and to also give Kari a splash of color and warmth, which contrasted her from the neutral colors in the space.
The Q1000 was tuned to match the daylight spilling in from the windows, and then paired with the Para Softbox (this time with the diffusion layers). This LED acted as a perfect fill light, complementing the Q500 and nicely filling in the shadows of Kari's face.
In order to accentuate the light Kari was getting from the windows, Andrew set up a P360 with a blue gel to act as a hair light. He then added a dome diffuser to soften it up just a touch. Thanks to its compact size, the light fit easily into the limited space available. The LED was later used as a punchy hair light for the interview, rigged on a c-stand and tuned to daylight in order to highlight Kari's hair and create a more visually dynamic image.
The P360 was also instrumental in capturing the dark room footage. The light in the dark room was a dim orange, too dark for the camera to see. To work around this limitation, Andrew gel'd two P360's red in order to recreate the viewer's expectations of dark room light.
Because the final step of the tintype development process takes place outside the darkroom, Andrew was once again dealing with the natural light in the studio. To get the crisp look he wanted, he used the handheld P100, tuning it to daylight and simply holding it over the chemical bin while shooting.
Panasonic Lumix GH4
Compact and versatile, the Lumix GH4 was once again the go-to camera for this shoot. Its small form factor allowed Andrew to set up his shots quickly and move freely within the crowded studio, capturing a range of footage over the few days of shooting.