Archive for January, 2017

More of Me

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Some nice reaction to my last self-portrait post.

Now it’s Friday again and I’m messing with the studio set-up to give some more options for Business Headshots.  There’s a lot of them about at the moment.

So out with the Clamshell lighting.  A simple but effective beauty lighting: one light and a shiney reflector (in this case the triflector and stand).

And what Beauty is on hand to try it out?  Well just me actually.

Last time someone asked that I smiled a bit.  Trying to pull a natural smile on your own in a dark room isn’t easy but I tried.

Only that lovely clamshell lighting picked up all those wrinkles – I look like a pug!  Time for some delicate photoshop!!!

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One of these might actually work for a new profile image?  Text your votes now!

For the interested, I also tested out the tethered set-up for another job on next week.   This allowed me to trigger the camera remotely with the wireless mouse and review the images in Lightroom without leaving my seat.  I just had to trust the autofocus – which did a very good job at f2 on the 85mmf1.4.  You may also spot that I added a small backlight so I have a slightly better edge to my hairline in the later photos (click the image for the higher res version).  I just the Lowel video light but it’s hard to direct on your own.  The background is a dark pop-up but it’s getting no light so it’s gone practically black.  Liking the Black more and more…

Testing

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

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It pays to be prepared.  I have a Product Shoot tomorrow and my client wants to Direct.  That’s an ideal situation for me because there are hundreds of small design decisions made in a shoot like this and I’d much prefer getting direct input from a client who knows what they want rather than finding out later that they wanted something else.

But this kind of stuff is time-consuming so I set up the lights and the supports this evening so we’re ready to go.

The mood board supplied features a lot of textured products in shiney containers shot from directly above.  So I looked around the office to see what I had like that.

Lovely crema there lads.