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Island Paradise

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Spring arrives this Friday – Yippee! But 10 days ago we were thrilled to be leaving the frigid cold and deep snows of Connecticut for a week on the island of Nevis in the West Indies.

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Please, please click on any image to see it in a larger and clearer size! Nevis is a lovely island, with gentle and friendly locals – many of whom said, “Welcome to our paradise!” This wasn’t just being nice to the tourists – you could tell they genuinely meant it.

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The weather was just about perfect – low 80’s in the daytime and about 70 at night.  We had a bit of rain each day, which bothered us not a bit.

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Do you see the bird in the sky in the image above? If not, click on the image and you likely will!

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The kids on this beach, like kids on all beaches all over the world, were happy to play and swim all day long. What do you imagine these girls are talking about?

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It was fun to see the boats that arrived at this pier or anchored offshore – ferries, ski-boats and fancy yachts. But for a photograph, I liked seeing the pier empty – and ready for the next boat.

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A week was just right – and we were ready to come home and wait for Spring in Connecticut, which is surely coming soon – we hope!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Building Light for a Beauty Headshot

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In the studio, it’s easy to control and manipulate the light. In this blog post, I’m going to show how I build up the light for a beauty shot, step by step. I have two Barbie dolls I use for  lighting tests – a brunette and a blonde, pictured here.  (Still hoping for good names for them – any ideas?)

Click on any of the images in this post to see them in LARGER size.

In the first shot above, I used one beauty dish, above the camera, aimed down at the model. This provides a very soft and flattering light for women. (This is normally not a lighting setup I would use for men.)

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Here you can see the beauty dish above the camera, with a silk “sock” on it to further soften the light, and a black foamcore background behind the Barbie.

I liked the lighting in the first shot, but perhaps the shadows underneath the chin were too dark. So –

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For this second image, I put a white foamcore board right under the frame, to bounce a bit of light back into her face. Notice how much softer the look is. Still using just one light.

Next step – the background looked too dark, so I put a small light hidden behind the Barbie, aimed back at the black background. Pretty subtle, but you can see the difference –

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The background light helps to separate the figure from the background.

Then, to further soften the light even more, I put two vertical foamcoare boards on either side, just outside the visible frame. This give a very glowing look to the skin, but some detail and contrast are lost.

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There were no Photoshop adjustments made to any of the images – they’re right out of the camera.

Whether I’m shooting a beauty portrait or a business headshot, the process is the same. I start with one light, gradually add lights and reflectors such as the foamcore, until I get just the right look.

Are you ready for your portrait? We can light it to get just the right look for you!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

 

Fun with Oversized Sweaters!

 

 

 

 

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Please click on any image to view it in a LARGER size.

Last week, I had the pleasure of shooting again with my friend, J.D., an actor and model. Regular readers will recognize her from my January blog post, Shooting with an Actor.

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J.D. wanted to try some images with big, stretchy sweaters. I was game! We didn’t really have a plan for the pose concepts, rather just to try different looks and see what worked.

I had two lights on the background to make it almost pure white and also provide a bit of wraparound light. There was one big soft box above and just to the left of the camera and a reflector below the frame to bounce a bit of soft light back into her face. This is a flattering lighting setup overall, while still allowing for shading on the right side of her face to add dimension and depth to the images.

Capture0105-2-950px-EditJ. D., you are a joy to shoot with.   The best shoots are the ones where the model and the photographer collaborate in the creative process – as we did here.

OK, are you surely clicking on each image to see it bigger on your screen? It makes a difference – Try it! Thanks as always for your interest in my work.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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