Had a blast the other night over in the studio where I joined up with my Buddy Noel Hannan to shoot a group of Actors/Singers who call themselves ‘Vocalarity‘
Now Noel concentrated on photographing the group in a whole series of full length poses and guises whereas for this shoot I concentrated on taking a series of head shots; some of which are included here…
The first series of head shots are of Tristan, one of the group members and someone I’m definitely looking to have modelling for the next round of Workshops which are set to kick off in February 2012
*(I’ll be posting the new workshop dates up on the blog as well as Facebook, Google+ and Twitter real soon)
The set up for taking this series of head shots was real simple: 2 Strip lights from either side and a beauty dish fitted with a honeycomb grid high and to the front.
Now in the studio I’m using the Profoto heads and modifiers but this is a set up that can be pretty closely replicated using 2 Speedlights and the new Lastolite Hotrod Strip Boxes either side of the model with another Speedlight in a Lastolite Ezybox to the front. In fact that is the exact same set up I use if I’m out on location because it’s light and very portable.
For this particular kind of look, slightly darker than mid grey(ish) background is needed but rather than set this up in the studio each of the subjects were positioned roughly 6ft away from the white studio walls. That, combined with the way the lights were positioned meant that the walls weren’t blasted with light and consequently turned grey.
*If I’d wanted the walls darker I could move the subject and lights further away from the background and if I wanted the background lighter, I’d do the opposite…simple
The spotlight however is a different story, as it’s been added during the post production phase in Photoshop…
Each of the head shots regardless took no more than 15 minutes working through the following steps…
- RAW Conversion
- Tidying Up (Removing Dust Spots, Blemishes etc…)
- Eyes (Whitening, Colour, Contrast, Sharpening)
- Adding Texture/Details
- Dodging & Burning
- Extraction/Cut Out
- Background (Add Colour and Spotlight)
- Add overall ‘Painterly’ Look/Texture
- Contrast using Unsharp Mask
Well, the weekend is upon us so have a great one and in the mean time if you have any question/comments then as always please feel free to make use of the comments section below,
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