Behind the scenes with Michel Leroy for Lastolite by Manfrotto
Becoming a Manfrotto Ambassador last year was a humbling and awesome experience which has allowed me to experiment with all sorts of innovative gear from the range of brands in the Vitec family. When the team at Lastolite by Manfrotto reached out about shooting a video featuring their new urban cover for the 4 meter Panoramic Background I was really excited. We went back an forth to concept a range of ideas and chose a fitness model in action to show the sheer size and ease of use for location photographers.
The Lastolite panoramic backdrop is well designed, great for large group shots, one of my specialities, and packs down into a single, light weight rolling case. For a New york based entertainment and advertising photographer, design, function and reliable are the key considerations when adding any new gear to my kit. I have a midtown office where space is a premium and if a piece of gear doesn’t solve a problem better than anything else I won’t even consider it.
The produced style of my images leads clients to think I am primarily a studio photographer but the truth is 90% of my work is shot on location, wherever the subjects are. We work really hard to make every location look as polished and clean as a studio shoot but often it’s in an undersized office, cramped hotel room, slanting rooftop or dark locker room. Whatever the location we need to travel as light and smart as possible. Sometimes that is a cube truck filled with computers and lighting, other times it’s a laptop and a backpack – in either case the gear is going to be lugged from one place to another, set up, used then broken down and lugged back daily.
Set paper (seamless) is 9 or 12′ long and impossible to travel with in NYC without a big budget and lots of helping hands. That’s where the Lastolite panoramic backdrop comes in and solves a problem better than anything else on the market. It’s sectional, light weight and can be set up in a few minutes by one person with multiple cover options. The Lastolite by Manfrotto we shot for Lastolite is online today and shows how useful this background is and why it has become an essential part of my location kit. Check it out.
A special thanks to fitness model, Alicia Archer (@kinkysweat) and the crew at SLIC studios in Long Island City for making the shoot such a success.
Equipment & Exposure
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera & Canon EF L*II Lens
Capture: Tether Tools & PhaseOne Capture One
Background: Lastolite by Manfrotto, 4M Panoramic Background with Urban cover
Lighting: (6) Bowens XMS1000 Monolights
Grip & Tripod: Manfrotto and Manfrotto 190 Carbon Fiber tripod