Showing posts with label studio photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label studio photography. Show all posts

Saturday, October 2, 2010

It's A M'racle

That's her name.... and she's already won a statewide pageant.... six and Miss Missouri... pretty cool..... she's a pretty sharp little girl too..... All pageant photo entries are in color... but I can still have fun with black and white otherwise. All taken in studio with the Nikon D3 and 105mm lens, F16 at 1/250th, ASA 200. Post processed in Photoshop.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Amber will be competing in a pageant this month in St. Louis... I think she will do very well. She's a trouper. We shot these in the studio last Sunday.

All images were shot with the Nikon D3 and 105mm macro lens with a three or four light setup.

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Many Faces of J

At first glance this shoot may not seem to have a Northeast connection... other than me... but "J" grew up over here and went to Don Bosco High School. She now models and is attending school to become a pastry chef.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Seeking the Golden Age Lighting

The Golden Age of Movies was, some believe, also the Golden Age of Portrait Photography... when light and shadow craftily shaped the actors appearance. Extensive retouching was also employed on all the images. In the early days large viewfinder cameras were used many producing negatives that were 8x10 inches. For ease of modification the large negatives were employed... the vast amount of touchups required an 8x10 working space.

I decided that with the New Year I would start exploring that golden world. Flash was not used early on but "hot" lights (so named for the intense heat they put out) provided the light for the portraiture. As many of the images were made on or near sound stages on studio lots... plenty of lighting equipment was available as well as sets and props. Wardrobes were extensive and added to the "feel" of the picture.
These shots were all taken with "hot" lights although they are a good deal more compact than their ancestors... also I'm rather limited for the time being in light modifiers.... but that will change. It's interesting to see how movements in the main light and the attitude of the models head and body alter the image.... I also fooled around with digital makeup.... some are a little too much probably.... but it's best to go too far first and then back off. And, since it's digital, nothing is permanent.
Rachel, the victim du jour, is getting married next July. Since I'm photographing her wedding I thought it opportune to use her for my first test shots.
I converted all to black and white as that lends itself to the most intense expression of light and dark.... however the last two shots on this post are the same... with one in color and one in black and white.
Three lights were used.... the main light was a fresnel lensed spot for the face.... two lights in the rear provided light for the hair and separation from the background. Although for many of these shots only two lights were used.

I will next try some full-length shots..... need a fainting couch if anyone has one for sale :)
And will cool it more on the digital makeup....