Macbeth. It’s a name that immediately evokes a range of sensations and emotions. Dread. Darkness. Cold. Foreboding. Death. When David Jenkins, artistic director of Jobsite Theater and director of the show, asked me to shoot the cast photos for Jobsite’s production of Macbeth, I knew immediately that I wanted an industrial, desaturated, metallic look. Luckily, that was ok with David.
I shot the wider and full body shots using a 5D3 with a 17-40mm lens with two strobes in softboxes to either side of the subjects, varying from few shadows to stark shadows as I went, and a strobe to light the backdrop dimly. The tighter shots were with the 7D and an 85mm lens and no flash (using the studio light setting on the strobes).
I’m not fond of giving a huge amount of direction, preferring instead to get a more natural effect from the subjects posing themselves, so I am thankful every time I get to work with such a talented group of people who can slip – effortlessly from my ignorant perspective – into these iconic characters.
It was a good, quick shoot. Thanks as always to the cast. And if you happen to read this and you’re going to be in Tampa Oct. 30 – Nov. 24, 2013, please check out the show.