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Guest Photographer: Get behind the scenes on USA TODAY's biggest celebrity shoots with Robert Hanashiro

12/18/2015 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY's west coast staff photographer, talks about getting up close and personal with some of 2015's biggest stars in movies, television and music:

I wanted this to be a little different so it opens with some wide frames showing the setup for a few of the included portraits. There are also a lot of outtakes (images not published originally with the story) included, so you can see how some of the shoots progressed.

The lighting for most of the images was my trusty Dynalite Uni400 Jr. for the main light and a mix of several Nikon SB-800 Speedlights. As you can see from some of the overall photos at the front of the video, I use the Photek Softlighter II quite a bit as a main light. And Honl Photo grids are an essential part of my lighting kit. I use PocketWizard MutliMAX transceivers to trigger the strobes. Cameras I use are a Nikon D810 and a Nikon D4. Lenses are Nikkor 24-70mm, 70-200mm and a 105mm.

People always asked me how much time we get for these portrait shoots. Because we now have to shoot a video interview with the celebrity in addition to a portrait, we will be given anywhere from 10 - 30 minutes to get both done. That really isn't a lot of time and usually it's the still portraits that get short changed time-wise. Most of these portrait shoots were 10-12 minutes and several lasted 5 - 6 minutes. For instance the portrait shoot of Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo last all of 7 minutes. 

In the past year I have come up with some shortcuts to maximize our time, like using shotgun mics for the video interview versus wireless lav mics which I had been using for years. By using the shotgun mics we cutout time we used to spend getting the wireless transmitter and lav mic placed and adjusting audio input levels.

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Una foto publicada por Robert Hanashiro (@kahunabert) el

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