Ok so this was our model Richard East’s first ‘portfolio shoot’ and entire shoot was not only done in the studio but also with Nikon SB800 Speedlights despite having virtually all of Profoto’s range of heads and modifiers available. Reason…nothing exciting I’m afraid, just keeping it simple, moving fast and also had another set already marked out for a shoot later in the evening.
For the first series of images I used a three(3) light set up as you can see from the diagram below with two(2) Speedlights to the rear and either side of our model Richard and then a third speedlight on a boom, above and to the front of him. This 3rd Speedlight was firing into a Reflective/Shoot Thru Umbrella that had been ‘closed down’ to minimise the spread of light coming back out of it and so add more direction and control so it would fall back onto Richard only and not the rest of the set.
The same lighting set up was used for a later part of the shoot with the only difference being this time we were shooting against a white backdrop that had been turned to a shade of grey by the position of the lights and their distance from it:
The lighting setup for this final series of images of Richard couldn’t have been simpler; a single Nikon SB800 Speedlight into a 60″ Reflective/Shoot Thru Umbrella placed camera left. Again the umbrella was ‘closed down’ to control the amount of light and it’s direction coming back out:
*You can see an example of what I mean by ‘closed down’ when I refer to the umbrella, in my ‘Invisible Black Backdrop’ Technique by clicking here.
So that’s the Photo Shoot side of things, now for the Post Production / Editing. Now rather than go through the entire editing process which I must admit apart from the technique below was kept to a minimum, I thought I’d concentrate on just one technique, and that I’m calling ‘Hollywood Abs’.
This is a technique I learned from Photoshop Guru Calvin Hollywood and it’s one he came up with and calls the ‘Dodge and Burn Technique’ because that’s exactly the look it gives but in a much quicker and simpler way.
So, I give you…the ‘Hollywood Abs’ Photoshop Technique:
Straight after Richard’s Portfolio shoot we had some time in the studio with an upcoming girl band to work on some promotional shots but needless to say it took them quite some time to get ready as they got a little distracted; geez some guys have it tough
Any questions or comments I’d love to hear them, so as always please feel free to make use of the comments section below,