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The next two weeks or so I’ll be posting work from a recent project, creating images for a Comp Card. My model was Valerie Carpender, who has appeared in Vogue, Mademoiselle, and other national campaigns. Over a two week period we shot a mix of studio and location images.
A staple of the comp card is a natural light image. The day we were shooting was cloudy and snowing and I was very excited about the conditions, but I don’t have great natural light in my studio. So I began searching around the warehouse and found a business on the first floor with giant widows from two directions and the owner was gracious enough to allow me to shoot in the space.
The size of the windows and the cloud/snow conditions produced the worlds largest softboxes. I’m including a lighting diagram so you have an idea of how I was using this
lighting situation. The model was facing directly into window 1, and a sidelight was coming from window 2. I was paying close attention to three issues: first, I wanted a little bit of fall off of light and positioned Val so the sidelight was falling off from camera right to camera left. Next, I wanted to bring a little bit of light on to the backside of Val’s hair, so I positioned an assistant with a reflector in an attempt to capture some of the very diffuse natural light and reflect it back on to Val’s hair. Third, I had to be very careful of the wall color reflecting on to Val’s face and hair, and the reflector actually blocked some of this.
Another challenge was the lack of light. I actually had to shoot off the tripod, given the lens I was using. See below. The next two posts we’ll be back in the studio with strobe lighting.
Technical: Canon 1Ds MkII, 70-200mm tele lens, ISO1600, f/6.3, 1/80th
A good friend of mine, Bryan Allen, turned me on to Animoto. They have an amazing service turning digital images into something approaching an MTV video. Well, maybe that’s a little overstated but the founders came from MTV, and the service is for amateurs and professionals alike.
You can also view another example of this. Its a slideshow of the north shore of Lake Superior set to the music, titled, “EXPERIENCE Lake Superior” found on the right hand side of the screen.
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This is Grace and she is 3 years old. This is the second year I’ve photographed her and what a difference a year makes. There were way too many fun expressions to share, so I’ll post this triptic and on Friday I’ll post a slideshow from the shoot.
Technical: Canon 1Ds Mark II, 24-70/70-100mm, f8, 1/250th sec., custom white balance, 7 strobe setup.
I shot this using a fairly complicated lighting set up so I can produce a tutorial on studio lighting (coming soon). For your reference, here are the lights I used:
1) One background light, shot through the ribs of a chair;
2) Two rim lights (or kicker), side-left and right;
3) Hair light overhead w/softbox;
4) Two lights w/umbrellas filling from front-left and right;
5) One light with large softbox as key light;
This is not what I would necessarily use with this subject, but I do like the lighting setup in general. She was quite active and mobile, so sometimes the hair/kickers hit their intended mark, sometimes they didn’t. Color scheme was chosen around her dark eyes and hair. She was very shy at first, but once she warmed up it was game on. I did all I could to keep up with her expressions, nervous the entire time that I was missing them, or they weren’t sharp. All was good on that front.
We’re in a transition here. So, here’s what’s happening…knee deep in the middle of a full custom re-design of the blog and my commercial site. The new blog site will soft launch Jan 15 with a full launch Feb. 1. It will contain new images and new video content. Until then, I’ll be posting a mix of things, including today’s post, a critique of one of my own images and perhaps a few other goodies. So, please stay tuned.
On with today’s post, in which I INVITE YOU TO COMMENT on the post-production feel of this image. Many don’t like going too far in post production while others have made a career on it. Jill Greenburg the “Manipulator” is one example. So, I’ve been working on a look and today’s subject is my studio assistant, Sam Scherf. We were working on a different shoot in the studio (all of which you’ll see soon, with the blog relaunch), and I had him stand in for a few lighting adjustments.
I’ll be producing a video tutorial on the lighting set up in this shot. But, between the lighting, my post production, and the use of a Kubota Action “Bronze God #1″, what are your thoughts on this look? I’ll leave it at that.