A short while back I posted up a series of images from the ‘on location’ part of this male model portfolio shoot so today I thought I’d finish off with a selection of images to show some of what we did in the studio…
Not wanting to overdo things, I stuck to just two lighting set ups in the studio; a white seamless with reflective floor and a three light set up giving some right light to Richard as in the image above.
Most of the time when I photograph using a white seamless set up I’ll end up converting the images to black & white during the editing stage…
I’m a big fan of ‘black & white’ for the timeless feel it gives to images and that there seems to be an unlimited way of doing conversions; those built into Photoshop/Lightroom, Plug Ins like Nik Silver Efex Pro and so on…
I like my black & white images to be quite high contrast so I’ll always do a ‘Double Raw Conversion’ technique to first of all create the high contrast image and then finish off by converting to ‘black & white’ in Nik Silver Efex Pro using the default settings.
Below you can see a ‘set up’ shot showing one of the lighting set ups. This ‘rim light’ set up is one that I turn to regularly when putting composite images together as I did recently with the ‘Fighter‘ and the image above of model Richard where amongst other things, the ‘wall’ background has been added in during the editing stage using Photoshop.
The two images below show the ‘Before‘ image which is straight out of the camera and the ‘After‘ image which is the final edit after having worked through a few techniques in Photoshop. To give you an idea of what was done, here’s a breakdown of the steps involved…
- Double Raw Conversion
- Blemish removal
- Brighten & sharpen the eyes
- Add contrast to skin
- Dodging & Burning on face
- Sharpening technique to bring out details in clothing
- Adjust colouring (using a Colour Balance adjustment layer)
- Darken down edges with a vignette
So there you have it…a selection of images from both ‘on location’ and now in the studio. If you have any questions or comments then as always please feel free to make use of the comments section below.
Also if you’re not familiar with the ‘Double Raw Conversion’ technique in Photoshop just shout it out in the comments section below and I’ll look to posting a ‘walk through’ this week, but in the meantime,
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