Posts Tagged ‘beauty’

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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Grace Farms

by Blake Robinson

October 20th, 2015    3 Comments     Add Comment
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Today, I went up to see the newly opened Grace Farms in New Canaan. Grace Farms adds new meaning to the phrase “multi-purpose.”

On over 80 acres of grounds, there are: a church, a library, a dining space, amazing works of art, walking trails, horse paddocks, and even a gymnasium with a basketball court. 77 of the 80 acres will remain as open space.

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The very modern architecture is full of curved walkways connecting the various buildings. You can read more about Grace Farms in an article from the New York Times last weekend.

By the way, please click on any photo in this blog post, and it will appear LARGER and CLEARER.

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Just walking around this morning, I was blown away by the beauty of the landscape and how all the buildings have floor-to-ceiling glass, so you are always connected to the outdoors.

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Hope you will have a chance to see Grace Farms soon – It’s still wrapped in gorgeous fall foliage. Will be fun to see all the ways this place will be used and enjoyed over the years ahead.

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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