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Archive for the ‘Beauty’ Category

Dodging and Burning Julia

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Recently I did a model shoot with Julia, a native of Ukraine who has just moved to our country. Regular readers will be familiar with the style of “beauty” headshots that I take, with the model looking straight ahead at the camera and soft, flattering light.

Sometimes the lighting is – well – too soft.  Then, in Photoshop, I’ll do some dodging (lightening) and burning (darkening). The terms “dodging and burning” come from the good old days of film and refer to making contrast adjustments to certain areas of a print in the development process in the darkroom.

Look at these too versions of the same image. In the first one, above, I did the dodging and burning. The version below is without those changes. The difference is pretty subtle – you can see it around her eyes and cheeks.

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Be sure to click on each image to view it in a LARGER and CLEARER size. The colors are truer in the larger size as well.

The idea is to add a little depth and drama. As with most retouching, a little bit goes a long way. Which of these versions do you like better? I’d love to hear from you!

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Here’s another image, with the dodging and burning applied.

My technique for this, which I learned from Scott Kelby of kelbyone.com, involves using two curves layers, one greatly darkened and one lightened. Then, with a soft “brush” at low opacity, on fully masked layers, gently adding light to highlight areas and darkening the shadow areas.

Thanks, Julia, for a great shoot!  Here’s one last photograph, the fashion image below, showing Julia’s great smile.

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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Fitness Inspiration

by Blake Robinson

August 15th, 2015    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Recently I had the pleasure of shooting with my friend, Michelle. I first met Michelle some years ago when she was a makeup artist for one of my fashion shoots. In addition to her work as a makeup artist, Michelle is a clinical field specialist for a biotech firm and also owns a fitness and dance studio. She’s one busy lady!

By the way, click on any image in this post to see it in a LARGER and clearer view.

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Michelle needed images for her fitness business and in particular for a new fitness video that’s coming out soon.

Michelle’s dance and fitness studio is in Norwalk. Check out her website at http://www.workitfit.com/.

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We shot for about three hours in the studio, with different outfit and props. Michelle chose  20 final images which I edited for her and which she can now use for a variety of purposes in her thriving business.

If you take one of her classes or buy her video – prepare to work hard, get fit – and have a lot of fun!

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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Video Slideshow with Christina

 

 

 

 

For the last couple of months, I’ve been working on a personal project  photographing one person, my friend Christina. Here’s a video slideshow of many of the images we created together. The pictures were taken in the studio, at a park, on the beach – and other locations.

Be sure to turn up the volume to hear Christina’s lovely singing voice on the soundtrack. And expand the picture so you can see it fullscreen size!

The song “True Love Ways” was written and originally performed by Buddy Holly. I’m showing my age by saying this was the first song I remember really being engaged with as a young boy in North Carolina in the late 1950’s. When I first heard Christina sing it in concert with her group “Gunsmoke,” I was blown away by her amazing voice and knew this was just the right music for us to use in our video.

Enjoy!

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”