About white backdrops, pastel colors and channeling colorful aliens - yet again.

If you want to create shots with the same light-setup and see a full breakdown, I recommend heading over to “GenNEXT broncolor: Chroma” blog !
This blog is here to tell some backstories and show the full set of images!

This is something I wanted to do for a very long time but never got around too again: challenging myself to do something new with colorgels. On a white backdrop. Because it’s my least favorite thing to ever work with as I find it so freaking difficult to light it all pretty and nice - mostly because I do feel the limitations of having a small, bedroom converted studio (for now). But challenges are there to be tackled and I guess there was no better timing then now: Agnieszka Osipa was so kind to send me a whole bunch of outfits to play around with, including these gorgeous “armor gauntlets” as I will call them for now and a blue with gold kokoshnik inspired piece.

For this set I knew I needed a model who could do all the things with “hands” so I asked My Fragility to come channel her inner alien yet again (like in “Starstruck”) and we got to work. With a simple dress from my own wardrobe we completed both looks as I wanted something elegant and simple - mostly because I wanted to have the focus on the pieces and without too many distractions.

I ended up with some really awesome sets, shot in a small studio space with colorgels - creating a pastel painterly set of images. I’m actually pleased with how this turned out and I do like a white backdrop just a little bit more now.


Models - My Fragility
Hand armor & Kokoshnik - Agnieszka Osipa
Photography & Retouch - Laura Sheridan / Studio Sheridan’s Art


Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 50mm 1.4 & Canon 24-70mm 4.0
broncolor Siros 800 l + Octabox 150cm
broncolor move 1200 + softbox 60x100 & 30x120


Overall colour toning and post-processing happened in
Capture One Pro. Cleaning & final toning happened in Photoshop.

Some before & after with the behind the scenes. I noticed that with the blue set, the blue was hard to control but it was there - instead of blowing it out, I decided to work and simply saturate the blue in post-processing as it was a quick and easy solution. Same was for the other set. Everything was edited in about 15 minutes each once I got the toning done, both in Capture One as Photoshop.

Generation XV-III (After Utopia: Cyberpunk)

“Generation XV-III” is one of my blogs for GenNEXT broncolor from my series new sci-fi inspired series “After Utopia: Cyberpunk” - shot with my dear Shienra and a whole lot of improvisation, I created this bold and colorful set I am absolutely and madly in love with. To read all about it, you have to follow this link to the GenNEXT broncolor blog! For this one here, I just want to share this whole and awesome series I am so incredibly happy with and some words on what’s going on in this brain of mine:

About this though: Working on this new (short) series is such an awesome breath of fresh air for me. I absolutely loved shooting all these fantasy themes - especially anything related to my “Arcadia” series but after almost three years of knights and armor (a lot of personal work and a ton of professional & paid commissions) & 10 years of the fantasy genre overall (I feel old hahaha) I want to change up my game and try all the new things out there that have for long inspired me.

It feels kind of weird to break my “public routine” and what I share on here and my social media, but my interest has been shifting for a while and I was becoming unhappy with only being booked for a certain, small niche. You know, there is so much out there to get inspired by and to create projects and series about. Social media had pressured me for a while into only sharing what gave the most likes and honestly, I’m still struggling with this. But I’m also becoming aware of that “social pressure” and day by day and I’m learning to let it go. In the end, this one did not become a freelancer to feel like she’s in another 9-to-5 job, as scary as it may be to take those steps into the unknown.

Onwards we go. I’m still down to shoot all the knights and shieldmaidens. But I want to get all the sci-fi babes and cyborgs as well. And maybe some traditional portraiture in between. I want to create all kind of worlds and I am down for anything right now!


Model - Shienra
Styling - Me & Shienra
Photography & Retouch - Laura Sheridan / Studio Sheridan’s Art


Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 50mm 1.4
broncolor Siros 800 l
broncolor Move 1200
broncolor 2 MobiLeds
broncolor modifiers: Octabox , Stripbox, P45 with grid


Overall colour toning and post-processing happened in Capture One Pro. Cleaning, color refining and adding “neon” elements happened in Photoshop

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Shooting sets like this in a small space working as photography studio it’s always a challenge to make things work - but it’s not impossible. Sure the glamour side of it looks a bit cramped and I was in the middle of half sorting out the space again, so my apologies for the chaos that is this behind the scene! It did turn out pretty awesome if I may say so myself ;)

How it was lit: Wynvyre (part 2)

In my previous blog I shared the first part of this session I shot with some of my favorite people - while my original intent was to work with just one light on set; I found myself incredibly inspired by how everything came together and I wanted to try something I wanted to do and try for a while: how does light (the absence) of light affect a shoot when shooting the exact same concept and styling? How does color changes the mood? And what would happen if we add more lights to enhance details in hair and make-up?

This session was perfect for it - as it had a beatiful hairstyling by Eline that would look incredible when using some backlit light; with also the red of the dress being an amazing combination with teal, my favorite kind of colorgel to use. While our first set was a minimum set-up of only using one broncolor light and an octabox; I’ve used almost my entire set of lamps for the following session: a siros 800 with a softlight reflector, my picolight with a fresnel and the move 1200 l with the octabox. I also changed the backdrop from dark grey to black - as I wanted just a minimum of “color bleeding” to distract from my subject. Lastly I kept the reflector on the right to ensure there wouldn’t be too many deep shadows.

It’s a set-up I never tried before - but I really loved how it all came together, better than I had anticipated in advance actually: I decided to use my picolight with fresnel on the left as the main highlight point of my image - giving just a little bit more strength so it would draw our eyes first there. Because broncolor their gear allow me to go even a tenth of the strenght, I could really work it in detail how much I needed, while equally doing the same on the other side to ensuring that my softlight reflector would give enough strength without dominating the scene. I wanted both lights to give a backlit feel in the hair and give a beautiful rimlight on her face and body.

To compensate the mostly backlit set, I used the octabox to fill in the remaining of the portrait I was taking - as I still wanted all the details of the make-up, hair and and styling to be clearly seen.

In post-processing I only enhanced the colors, mostly the red and teal, finished with some minor dodge and burn and cleaning up some distractions. For this capture one pro has been a massive gamechanger as I’m able to work much more in depth with my color work without affecting the quality of my images.

Want to read more about part 1? You can find my first blog where I shot the same set with just one light and a reflector by clicking the link!


Gear I’ve used

broncolor move 1200L + octabox
broncolor picolight + fresnel attachment
broncolr siros 800 L + softlight reflector p
Giant white reflector

Shot on a Canon 5D Mark III with a 50mm 1.4
Edited in Capture One Pro & Photoshop


Credits Creative team

Model - Luce Del Sole
Makeup & Hair - Eline Deblauwe
Dress - Maria Heller designs
Spine Necklace - Eero Hintsanen
Photography & Retouch - Laura Sheridan / Studio Sheridan’s Art

Light Diagram

Made with the light Diagram Creator

Made with the light Diagram Creator