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Single harsh lighting for effect.
Old 05-11-2005, 10:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The idea came to me when Mark Niekrasz was shooting Kara for a completely different setup. While he was shooting more from above, I liked the mystery and intimacy that the spotlight he had was creating, so I got lower and closer. Here is Kara, with considerable editing so that her face is more visible for her portfolio. Also, I added too much blur to the skin, and have to rework this one. I will try to post more from this series later


The next day, I attempted this on my own with Angela, and got closer to the mysterious woman concept that I was looking for. Although I like both of these, I'm still not where I want to be with the concept. The lighting here was a single light above an behind her, with a snoot made out of cardboard and wax paper. Any thoughts, comments, ooohs, aahhs, uugghhs, or critiques would be greatly appreciated. Dark, mysterious, and sexy is the goal...



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Old 05-11-2005, 11:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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personally, i like the look you're trying to achieve. in the first one, getting the highlight off of her nose might have been preferable but, generally, i like it. in the second image, i like the dutch angle. the black panties don't work for me cuz they don't show any definition to her butt which, considering the lighting, would/should be a definite focus of this shot.
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Closer to the original idea...
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This is closer to what I had in mind. The highlight on her nose is irritating me now that you pointed it out.

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The highlight on her nose is irritating me now that you pointed it out.



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yeah, but other than that, the image rocks! model is hot, the angle and framing is cool, the high-conrast, single-source light, works great. cool style! you could easily apply this to glam or fashion (not that i know jack about fashion, other than i peruse a gazillion fashion zines)
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I really like the second one. The lighting is way cool.

The first seems a little artificial. Don't know if that is a result of your PS work or the lighting. I'd bet on PS.

Did you color the light? Maybe with a gel?
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The first seems a little artificial. Don't know if that is a result of your PS work or the lighting. I'd bet on PS. Did you color the light? Maybe with a gel?

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The first one is very artificial. The skin looked horrible when I lightened it, so I cleaned it up too much with gaussian blur and the healing tool. THe one in my reply to Jimmy is closer to the original, but still twice as bright as it first was. The warmth comes from adjusting the white balance in the camera and adding a warming filter in PS at about 66% opacity. Also, the cream sofa reflected some warm creams and grays around the room. I have a feeling this is a shot that I'm going to be working on for a while to come...
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