For the clients – something different

Creating something a little different to fit what your clients want can be great. I was tasked with creating some head-shots for a client that fit the overall look and feel of their branding. The portraits that I create usually are on the more dramatic side, darker backgrounds with a more classical feel. With this project I was having to switch things up a bit. Not only because I wanted to do something different but also to fit my client’s look and established brand.

I worked out a lighting set up and editing style to create the look desired. Here is what we came up.

A lighter, lower saturated, higher contrast images with a white background shot with a single light. One strobe with a 36″ octo softbox on stand, Nikon D800, 24-70mm, F2.8, edited in LR. Here are a couple diagrams showing a basic layout of the light and subject positioning.

Nothing really complicated or extravagant just a simple setup with some basic post work. But the final look that we got is what we wanted. This is a reminder of the KISS method, keep it simple stupid.

 

 

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Angel in Black and White

I’ve been wanting to change up my shooting style, if I really have one, to try something new. Wanting to do more black and white portraiture. I was working with a friend the other day and I asked “may I do your portrait?” and of course she said yes, well she chirped back “sure,” so that’s what we did.

The only light I had with me was a SB-600, yes I still have and use it and yes it still kicks out some good light, I have a small 6X9 Impact soft-box for the light modifier, it attaches with Velcro, works great in a pinch just like this one. The stand for the SB-600 I used a tripod, I attached the mount for the speed light to the head’s plate. Positioned the tripod on the table and used the swing-arm on the tripod to position the light right above me and the camera.

I wanted to go with a white back ground so I used a piece of white expanded PVC that we had behind a wall cutter cleaned it and placed it on a cart against the wall.

After getting everything setup and the flash’s power set, it was time to go to work sorta speak. I like to talk and have a conversation with the people that I photograph, it helps to relax and keep a calm setting, even joking around can get you a nice candid shot, a moment out of the norm, or other words the images that people don’t like to show. These are a few of them. I do want to go back and get some with a larger studio light but I still like the way they turned out.

Angel Adams is a creative in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. You can learn about her here on her site here or @angeladams

Portraits of Keith

So I’m late putting this up, Urgh! But here it goes.

Portraits of my friend Keith Lawrence, he is a musician and plays the Viola for the Berkley and Santa Rosa symphonies, as well as coming to Tulsa, OK for performances.

We were trying to get some basic headshots but with a bit of a creativity, I think we succeeded.

 

had the fortunate opportunity to photograph Keith Lawrence and these are those photos.

 

Portraits of Nicolette

My friend Nicolette came over for some portraits, here are a couple.

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The first image is my usual tribute to Martin Schoeller, two light setup with one on either side of my camera. On the soft box I block out half of the light in order to create two vertical catchlights in the eye straddling the pupil.

The second image is a single main light just off to the left with a second light adding just a hint of fill on the right, while still allowing for the Rembrandt lighting style.

Editing, effects layers allowing for the pushing of levels, brightness & contrast, saturation along with a warming filter. Finally using clone & healing brushes for light retouching and removal of blemishes.

 

 

Portraits of Destiny.

My friend Destiny came over from some portraits, here are a few.

I had a pretty basic light setup. Created the Rembrandt lighting on two of them with a dual lighting on the either side of the camera for the third, to cut down on shadows and to also create the catch lights on both sides of the pupils. This image is of course my obligatory tribute to Martin Schoeller. 

The editing was pretty basic as well. I used editing layers to push the levels, contrast & brightness as well as saturation then finished with a warming filter. Used the clone and healing brushes to do a little touch up but not much. 

 

Portraits of a friend.

A friend and local paramedic here in Tulsa, OK Mitchell Sharp was kind enough to pose for a few portraits to help me work through some lighting setups, and this is what we came up with.

A few different arrangements, two light setup with softboxes then with reflectors and then of course my obligatory tribute to Martin Schoeller. Not quite exact but getting there. With that being said its not an attempt to just being exact to what Martin Scholler does and is famous for but to use it as more of a springboard to something of my own. To disect and then kind of reverse engineer then learn and create something of my own from there. Because we all learn from from what we see and experience in the world around us.