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Archive for the ‘Models and Actors’ Category

That Eyebrow Thing

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OK, this post is about more than “That Eyebrow Thing.” But, first things first, be sure to click on each image to see it in a LARGER and CLEARER size.

I recently did a photoshoot in the studio with Megan, an accomplished singer, dancer and actor.  Megan is working hard in the New York theater scene and waiting for her big break. Given her skills, experience and enthusiasm – it’s going to happen soon!

Faithful readers will recognize my style of “beauty” headshots in three of the images in this post. These are great fun to shoot and can be so revealing of a subject’s personality.

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So, in the picture above, did you notice anything special? Yes, Megan has that rare talent of being able to raise one eyebrow and still flash an engaging smile. When I coached her to “Just do that eyebrow thing,” she delivered every time. This is one of the more subtle versions.

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Here’s a view of the whole Megan, head to toe. Thanks Megan, for a great day of shooting. Here’s hoping these images will help you land that big break gig on the stage!

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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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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9-Year-Old Beauty!

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This week I had the pleasure of shooting with Carmen, a lovely, spunky and smart 9-year-old girl.  She is a talented singer and actor with good genes: her mom is an accomplished opera singer and Carmen was named for her mother’s signature role on the opera stage.

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Please click on any of these images to see them in a LARGER and clearer size – on your computer, phone or tablet!

This special young lady has the whole package – looks, charm and ability. She has an audition on Broadway this week and will submit these images when she tries out for one of the hit musicals on The Great White Way.

Carmen has a promising future ahead of her in the performing arts – you can just feel it when you meet her. You Go, Girl!

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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