RED Weapon Portrait

I've been working with RED Digital Cinema as a freelance gaffer and cinematographer for about two years now, and love teaching at REDucation LA.  The class is three days of color science, camera tests, and hands on instruction using some of RED's newest and coolest toys.  We were unusually spoiled this time around, getting a sneak preview of RED's latest body and sensor.  Thanks to Jarred Land and John Marchant, we got our hands on the unreleased Forged Carbon Fiber Weapon.  We were amazed at it's incredibly clean ISO's above 2000, which has previously been an issue on models past, and loved the ergonomics of the body.  I couldn't believe how light the camera was the first time I picked it up.    

We were also fortunate enough to have one of Dedolight's representatives, Roman Zenz, furnish us with an array of wonderful lighting instruments.  Not wanting the gear windfall to go overlooked, I shot this quick portrait of Ricky Lesser using two of Dedolight's octadomes and one bicolored LED focusing unit.  The key light is Dedo's largest octa unit and contains two 400w HMI's which can be re-struck with no waiting period.  The fill light is their medium 5 ft. octa using a single 400w HMI.  I loved the quality of light from these soft-boxes.  The inner diffusion layer has a thicker circular piece of fabric in the center of the cloth that eliminates the typical specular highlight that occurs when pointing any light directly at the subject.  

The image was captured at 320 ISO, lifted to 400, and graded and sharpened in Photoshop.