Welcome to my awesome world of superhero children. Â Both of my boys are currently going through a superhero phase during an age when they understand role playing. It is a ton of fun. In their young minds, superheroes save the world – but make a point to say, “God can still beat up superheroes because He’s the strongest.” Â We just finished painting and modifying a bunk bed we found for $35 on Craigslist to be a fun fort for them, complete with a slide. Â Our youngest son Dominic just turned 3 and received costumes to allow them to transform into superheroes. Â Now that the bed project is done and I have room in my garage again, I decided to turn it into a “bat cave” photo studio to entice my boys to come out for a superhero photo shoot. Â So far I’ve only convinced Dino to dress up and come out, but I think that Domi will come around once he sees his brother’s, “Captain America,” photos.
I used a two-flash setup to light the photos, knowing that I would be editing them into the images show here. Â The look of the final product directed the lighting I was trying to achieve. Â I was counting on using ambient light spilling through the garage door as my key, so that I could use my two flashes as side lights, but as you can see it took longer than expected to convince him to come get dressed and come out. Â This was also my first attempt using my Fuji X-Pro1 with my Canon speedlites. Â The setup worked pretty well, but I was disappointed that the fastest shutter speed I could operate my Pocketwizards was 1/125s. Â While I love the shutter dial, the jump from 1/125s to 1/250s is a bit of a bummer. Â With my 5D, I was usually at 1/200S.
Regardless of the techy stuff, everything came together and we had a lot of fun. Â I showed him pictures of Captain America posters and poses and he did his best to mimic them – hilarious. Â Since he is a 4-year-old model/director, it was comical to try to get him to do the poses I wanted – he always had a better idea. Â At one point he took of his mask and put on the new swim goggles my wife had bought for him that night – she went shopping with Domi and I used the opportunity to be the crazy photographer dad. Â I used the goggle photos to work on the lighting while still allowing him to offer his creative input. Â After he ran around the yard adorned with his orange crab goggles, he came back ready for more photos as Captain America and turned on the charm – by charm, I mean, tough guy poses. Â After about 10 minutes of shooting we called it a wrap and went in to slide down his new bunk bed slide. Â Apparently superheroes slide faster – that or the fabric has something to do with it.
I stayed up late and edited the photos so he could see them first thing in the morning. Â In the end we didn’t save the world, but seeing the look of joy on his face when he saw his photos made him feel like he did.
Check out some of the unedited extras poses he through at me below. […]