Allow me to introduce to you my very good friend, neighbour & all round good guy Steve; a nicer man you couldn’t wish to meet…
A keen Motorcyclist I’ve photographed Steve a few times before, mainly full length shots so this time I thought we’d give some headshots a go; especially as I’m planning on doing more work in this area in the future. (More about that later.)
This series of shots were taken outdoors at around 7.30 in the evening using my Invisible Black Backdrop Technique.
So as to prevent the helmet Steve was wearing from disappearing into the black background I placed a California SunBounce Mini directly opposite the closed down umbrella and Nikon SB800. The SunBounce was fitted with the Silver/White material, with the white side facing towards Steve.
I’ve found myself moving away from using Lastolite Reflectors in favour of the California SunBounce range for a number of reasons; main one being the quality of light that they reflect but also the build quality and how incredibly light and portable they are. Admittedly they are considerably more expensive than say regular Lastolite reflectors but this in my opinion really is a case of ‘getting what you pay for’.
After this coming week when I’ll be posting the Beauty Retouching Series, I’m going to write a post and also record a video to show the editing in Photoshop that I’ve done on the images of Steve; making use of Luminosity to add contrast, the Vivid Colour blend mode and a couple of other little things, so be sure to check back.
This series of shots of Catherine, who just happens to be the wife of my good friend Noel Hannan, were taken at one of my recent ‘tester Workshops’ in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
The lighting in both images consisted of a single Nikon SB800 into a 60″ Reflective Umbrella positioned camera left.
As always, any questions or comments please feel free to use the ‘comments’ section below.