Matt Barnes Creates a Mountain Range In Studio for RedBull
Since the very beginning of my photographic career I have been completely opposed to the use of scenic backdrops. I had always felt that they were cheesy and needed to stay within the confines of cookie-cutter yearbook studios. Please feel free to criticize that opinion, because I was completely wrong. Matt Barnes put together an amazing winter set utilizing a mountain range backdrop, snow machines and amazing foreground pieces to bring it all together.
The video shows the alpine setup pretty clearly as well as two other (much simpler) sets used during his shoot for RedBull. Naturally sets like this aren’t super cheap to build but the resourceful among you will find a DIY method. What I love about this, and the reason for sharing it, is the fact that it’s not a composite. Matt chose to get it right in camera rather than rely on retouching and that unfortunately seems to be less and less common.