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Posts Tagged ‘Portraits’

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?)

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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”

 

Still Images for a Videographer

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Last week, I created some images for my friend, Matt Shea of Matt of All Media. Matt is a fabulous videographer and video production specialist.  We’ve worked together on a number of client projects.

Matt needed some new images for his website and for other uses. He’d seen an image similar to the one above and wanted to replicate the style. For lighting, I had one soft-box positioned slightly to camera right. There was also one small light just behind Matt, aimed back at the grey paper. This gave a bit of separation of Matt from the background and also a nice subtle variation in tone across the background. Matt may use this image with some text on the left side of the frame.

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We also shot some headshots – some fairly serious, like this one, others with more of an open smile. It’ll be interesting to see which ones Matt uses!  I like this one – it shows intelligence and – well – gravitas!

Matt has created two videos for me – One video was a “behind the scenes” look at a model shoot. You can see it at Behind the Scenes. I’m looking forward to doing another video with Matt soon. If you’re thinking about a video for your business or organization, I highly recommend Matt Shea.

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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Opening Presents

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We were fortunate to have two girls – ages 4 and 6 – with us for Christmas.  These special ladies come from a tradition that does not celebrate Christmas, so it was especially fun to introduce them to Christmas food, decorations, stockings and GIFTS!

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These photos were taken with available light (no flash) in our family room.  My subjects were pretty excited and moving around a lot, so I had to work fast.  This was a very special Christmas for us!

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We all try to keep up with our big brother or sister, right?

Hope you holidays were restful and fun. All best wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2015.

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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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