The jewelery shoot sounds like fun. Are you gonna do any crazy concepts with fun models and crazy make up, or it just like a normal jewelery store ad type of thing?
We need to do about 5-6 shots for the spread so we'll be shooting at difference places in the theater. One shot will be on stage with him looking at me or into an empty audience. I'll probably shoot him with 1 large gridded softbox camera left/right at 45 degrees, angled down, with 1 strobe behind him for a bit of rim light, and 2 strobes lighting the background/seats a couple stops lower. I already scouted the location and I won't be able to get any ambient at the settings I want to use. With the theater lights on I was only getting 1/20 at 2.8 at 1600 ISO already, and I'd probably like to shoot at 1/100 at f/5.6 at 100 ISO for a clean image with some background in it. I think throwing a bit of ground up chalk behind him might look cool with the rim light too but I'm not sure it'll go with the mood. I'll get there about an hour early and try some things out. That's probably the shot that'll take the most time to set up and tweak. The rest will probably be shot closer with 1 key and some fill. There's a cafe there too with big windows so I'll try to do a couple window light ones.
I just finished shooting someone on Monday out in the woods on a hot day and I dragged out my ranger battery pack. Damn it was heavy. I probably had about 80 pounds of equipment so I brought a little dolly into the woods and there weren't trails all the time. Had no assistant besides her mom, and the wardrobe person but she had her own things to carry. In hindsight speedlites would've done the trick since I only ended up shooting at minimum power levels. Here are some samples I've managed to process while trying to recover from the day...
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