Photo of woman with Japanese white makeup

Woman with traditional Japanese white face makeup.

As I mentioned the other day, here’s a more complete set from the Japanese-style white face photoshoot. I don’t know exactly what this is called – it’s similar to both geisha and kabuki theater but I don’t think this style quite fits either correctly. We shot in the unused presidential suite of a Taipei hotel which made for a slightly different location than normal. I went into the shoot aiming for this type of image, inspired by a scene in the movie Baraka. There were a few other shots I grabbed throughout the session in different styles, although with the same model, dress and makeup.

Lighting was a pretty simple 3 light setup. In a previous post I mentioned that I was working with some new lighting modifiers that had been sent to me by the lovely people at Rogue Imaging. I used 2 of their modifiers for this shoot, both on lights to camera right. Positioned behind the model at 45° was a Rogue Grid to give a kind of rim light, and in front, also at 45° I used a Rogue Softbox for fill light. These 2 lights were both the new Phottix Mitros +. I’ve been testing a pair for Phottix for a few months now and love what they are capable of, with all the goodness of the Mitros as well as inbuilt wireless radio triggering system that’s compatible with a range of triggers and master speedlights. The Canon version should be available in stores this month. Lastly, to camera left at 45° was a standard Phottix Mitros attached to a Phottix Odin receiver and housed inside an EasyUp umbrella softbox. Click on any of the images for larger versions.

Photo of woman with Japanese white makeup

Photo of woman with Japanese white makeup

Photo of woman with Japanese white makeup

Photo of woman with Japanese white makeup

Photo of woman with Japanese white makeup