Shots like this make me appreciate the work that goes into your everyday magazine pic. The liquid didn't cooperate and everything went south but I now know that nothing can be left to chance. If you've done your prep you'll just need a couple of shots.
For the next session, I'll remember the following: -
- Always have cleaning material present - in this case, it would be nail polish remover
- Don't use nail polish
- Prep the path of the liquid in advance
- and did I mention; Don't use nail polish?
In any case, the prep and shoot took me about an hour and around three hours for post processing. I think that prep work alone should at least take up 50% of the total time, followed by the shoot and post.
I know at this point, my ps workflow isn't up to par yet and there are so many techniques to learn. The best resource out there is youtube, so watch it for all the tutorials. There are a few which I follow like Phlearn, Michael Woloszynowicz, Tony Roslund and more. Just dig around and I'm sure you'll find what you need.
The setup from the front was a pretty standard affair. A large octa as the key light on the left of the stage and a long strip on the right. The strip had another layer of diffusion to give it a soft gradient, but in the final shot, it wasn't so noticeable.
Here you can clearly see the second diffuser just in front of the strip. I also used the octa with only the inner baffle for a large beauty dish effect. The rear light was just an angle cone (not sure what its called) which gives of a nice radial gradient on the rear diffuser.