Entries in Fashion (15)
I asked people on Twiiter and Facebook to pick one image to give a how-to lesson on from Friday's blog post called " 1 Shoot - 1 Model - 10 Images " Here is the readers' choice picture.
If we look back at the 10 images, most of them where shot with 4 or 5 strobes including ring flash. I think it is really great that the readers picked the only image done with 1 single light, no reflectors.
I set up the light in the same position today and shot an overview* for you to see. First of all, simplicity is very often the very best. This dress was her retro dress so I wanted to go with the old style wall paper for the background. See how little you need to wallpaper for a shot like this!. Also, I wanted the lighting to have a more old days feel to it, back when the light used mostly was daylight coming in from windows. My light is an Elinchrom 600 ws Strobe w/ the 53" Junior Octa my favorite all round soft box ever.
I put it far enough behind her that it highlighted what I call the most important part of a face, the triangle. On shots like this, it help to be in a dark studio so you can really see how the light hits her from the modeling light on the strobe. The quality of light in this image comes from being exact with the placement of light and her distance to the background, so you get the right light spill on the background. I set the light to just wrap around her. She is far enough from reflective surfaces to keep the shadows really dark, which I wanted. I kept the softbox as close to her as possible to get the softest light possible to resemble window light and give me max control. Another little detail that is not typically me is the profile that is not clean, just almost, which you often see in paintings, especially old once. (Yes this is a retro shot :-) )
A profile shot is one of many things that should be in a models portfolio, so I wanted the light to emphasize on her profile. Thanks for responding to which image to blog; responses make it so I'm way more motivated to take the time to keep blogging.
* I love overviews and I know they are helpful, but PLEASE forgive me for not always having them. There are reasons! When I get into a shot and a rhythm it can really break it to suddenly starting thinking about and shooting overviews. Sometimes, like in workshops, I invite a past student to come and shoot overviews for me. I will try to bring in a photographer more often to do them in the future, especially since I will be coming out with a book on lighting in November 2011.
Just wanted to post another exposure to show I quick variation on the same set up. This is also another "rule breaker" because there is more space behind her face than in front. That gives it impact. Know the rules, then break them at the right times. This image was processed with one click only with a brand new action my wife MaryLyn just made. Main image on top Photoshopped by MaryLyn and I have no clue what she did, haha.
Welcome to the most images I have ever put into one blog post. Thanks Savanna :-)
Hi everyone, Todays blog is a bit different than normal. I usually make my blog posts very educational which I do prefer and believe in. That means that I usually post one image and maybe some overviews clarifying what's been done.
This post is in honor of a friend that claims he never looks at blog posts unless they have many pictures, so here it is Scott :-) It is kind of the old test, you are only as good as your last job. I finished this shoot about 24 hours ago. The job is photographing beautiful, sweet Savanna who has signed with Elite Model Management in NYC. She is flying out tomorrow with her parents for some training and her sister is doing a shoot for Seventeen Magazine. Savannah needs to put together some portfolio shots for the trip, that is why all these images are in the 3:4 format, because standard size for model portfolios is 9 x 12. It was her very first model shoot and it was an honor to be the photographer for it. How old do you think she is? 13 with a bright future, and parents behind her that will totally look after her; good to see.
I used 2-5 strobes in these shots and sometimes a reflector in addition. All Elinchrom which I love except my ring flash is an Alien Bee. 5 different light modifiers on the Elinchrom strobes.
See I can't post without talking about the images—I want to share. I will put one overview under image number 10. Now I will try to not comment anymore, hope you enjoy looking at 10 images from 1 shoot of 1 beautiful, promising model. I think it would be fun if the readers would suggest 1 image with a comment about what they would want on a seperate blog post. Maybe about how it was done? All shots Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III.
Yes this is the light set up on two images up, 3 backlights, a fill into wall and ceiling behind me ( neutral grey walls) then my ring flash, see the shadow behind her, and then look how cool it works on the actual image :-) PS. Yes, the lamp with the beauty dish is not on in this shot, have a great weekend!
Here comes my first recommended photographer of the year, he is one impressive Photographer.
I will try to be better this year to blog once a month a recommendation of a GREAT Photographer to keep an eye on and learn and be inspired by. You will find more recommended Photographers in my Archive if you wish to see. Arthur Elgort turns 70 this summer and is still going strong shooting for Vogue etc. Hopefully we will enjoy new work from him for many years still like Irving Penn, George Hurrell, Richard Avedon which all kept producing great photography in their 70's and 80's.
Arthur Elgort (b. 1940 in New York) is a fashion photographer, who has become especially known for his work as a Vogue photographer
Arthur Elgort was born and raised in New York, where he studied painting at Hunter College. Over the past 30 years, Arthur Elgort has become a well-known fashion photographer working for Vogue Magazine and for numerous international fashion labels.
In September 2008, he told Teen Vogue that he credited Mademoiselle magazine for his big break: "They were really brave and gave me a chance. It was the first time I was shooting a cover instead of a half-page here or there."
Arthur Elgort's works are exhibited in the permanent collection of the International Center of Photography in New York, in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as well as in the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas.
Before you go to his official website look at his recent shots for the March 2010 issue of Spanish Vogue, what an amazing Photographer he is.
I have enjoyed posting some mages lately from the 80's. Todays image is from the early 90's shot, also on chrome film with NO retouch, straight scan.
This photograph was taken about 45 minutes after sunset. In Norway the sun sets very slowly and it takes about an hour at this time of the year before it gets dark. We call this extra time of light after the sun is down "the blue hour'.
I had taken pictures of the young lady (owner of a model agency) in the evening sun, but didn't feel I got what I wanted, so I'm glad that I had a tungsten light available and the blue hour. The background is a famous sculpture.
So what is the difficulty here? It is dark, I want movement, no fast films was good enough. I was loving the Konicachrome R100 film for this kind of work at the time and that is what I used in this image. Exposure is 1/15 sec @ Nikkor 105 mm @f2.5 on a Nikon F3. The lamp lighting her up is a Kaiser 250w, 24volt tungsten lamp. The battery was so low, Im probably only getting around 125watts?
The HOW question? How to you get her sharp moving while the water from the fountain is blurred because of movement???
I remember being very excited when I saw this exposure on the light table with my magnifier, the way we viewed them back from the lab in those days. I got the ONE sharp image I needed! I shot many to get this one ( almost like digital :-))) The only thing we did retouch in print was the one backlight from a truck in the background as you can see in this untouched scan.
PS. I will tell you already tomorrow afternoon US MST how it is done, again old students might remember the answer? If so, let the people that have never been told get a go at this please.
PSS. Wednesday Dec.30, 2009. The answer to the trivia "How was this done?"
If you throw a rock straight up in the air there is a split second when it stands still before falling back to earth. I used this principle to get her sharp with the 1/15 sec exposure and capture the movement of the water. She swung her dress up and down and I caught the very moment (in one of the many tries and exposures) when the skirt stopped to turn back down.
Todays Image is a scan from a slide taken back in 1982. No retouch on the file. The model is Merete Berge with whom I ran a Model Agency in Europe back in the early eighties.
The subject is the pink stockings. The grey winter day in Oslo, Norway was perfect since we wanted as little color in the image as possible besides the stockings. To add an extra punch to the stockings I bounced a flash off the snow on the ground in front of her, about 1/2 a f stop brighter then the existing light. The eye loves repetition of color so we added a little pink on Meretes lips.
The alley helps creating depth in the image. Watch how carefully I placed her head in the middle of the alley. Always look around your subject, especially around the face before you push the button. The little white space in front of her face and shawl makes it peaceful. I also wanted her to look away to draw as little attention to herself as possible.
The eyes definitely goes to the stockings first, so case solved. Camera: Nikon F3 Black Titanium, one of my all time favorites. I'm working on a slideshow of images from the 80's, fun to dig through the past sometimes.