UPDATE 6 July 2011: Added more photos and included link to Raff's new website.
Every shoot I try and do something different. Of course, nothing is ever truly original or new - everything has been done before in some shape or form. For musician and singer Raff (Aztec Records), whose debut EP is out 5th August, I decided to experiment with video projectors.
I had considered projecting patterns using a traditional theatre spot, but these lights are big, hot and cumbersome to use. Cutting out metal gobos didn't exactly appeal to me either...
Video projectors are quite weak compared to daylight and camera flash. So not only did I have to blackout the studio, I also had to dim my strobes using ND gels.
Another gotcha I encountered involves the way DLP projectors produce their image. Each colour channel is actually projected one after another in a rapid cycle. Although our eyes blend these together, the camera does not not quite see things the same way. Depending on where you catch the cycle and the camera's shutter speed, the visuals are liable to take on a different colour cast with every exposure. The longer the shutter stays open, the more consistent the results.