Photo Shoot: Male Model Portfolio (Studio)

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: February 28, 2011

Category: General

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,
Enjoy 🙂

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  1. Pedro Vasconcellos

    Please make a post about the Double Raw Technique…

    and how did you make the suit’s strips pop up that much???

  2. Dave T

    Hi Glyn,

    Great images. I like the way Richard has that pensive look about him and the end result post processing is fabulous.

    I’m with Pedro and have the same request. I’m also interested to know if you use any colour measurement device at the shooting stage.

    Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and techniques with us.


  3. David Kelly

    Hi Glyn,

    You’re right about those white seamless shoots – just something that seems (pardon the pun) to work really well in mono.

    Interested to understand the double raw conversion technique too. I think I have an inkling as to what it is but let’s be certain 🙂



  4. Brandon Jacoby

    Great shots Glyn!
    Am I correct in saying you used Calvin Hollywood’s F.A.D. (Freaky amazing detail);)?

    – Brandon

  5. Nat

    Hi Glynn
    Thanks for helping us all improve our photography skills. I too would like to see what you mean by the double raw conversion technique and also what you mean by adding contrast to the skin – is that a special technique also??? Thanks again,

  6. Mark Robinson

    Hi Glyn
    I would really appreciate a walk-through re the “Double Raw Conversion” technique. Terrific blogs by the way – I have learnt an IMMENSE amount.
    All the best, Mark

  7. Aziz

    Hi Glyn

    I’d also love to know how you got the pinstripes to pop like that, and I’d like to know what your referring to with the double raw technique.


  8. Noel Hannan

    What a great post, loads of info… Spill on the double raw technique…
    Great to see the set up in the studio, I was particularly pleased when I worked it out before seeing the set up shot!
    Thanks for sharing

  9. Ernie

    Add me to the list hoping to hear more about your “DoubleRaw” process.


    2Hearts Photo

  10. Tim Skipper

    He smiled! I got to tell you I was shooting a model last week and she was not smiling and I told her, “You got to smile or Glyn is going to bust my chops after my comment.” Of course she has no idea who you are, but I got my smile.

    Images look great as usual.

    • Glyn

      @Tim…Superb!!! Certainly made me chuckle there mate; I’ll be using you as a threat when I next need a client to smile 🙂

    • Glyn

      Thanks everyone for the kind words and for asking about the Double Raw Conversion.
      I’ve now written a ‘walk through’ of the steps involved and will have it online tomorrow (Wednesday).

      Thanks again for looking in and taking the time to comment; I really do appreciate it.
      Glyn 🙂


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