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Old 05-30-2008, 08:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I had the opportunity to shoot with Maya last week. She's not a model, but wanted some sexy pictures ... so of course, I was more than happy to accommodate her.

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Re: Maya Maya
Old 05-30-2008, 08:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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She is a very gorgeous woman. I really like the second one the best. the lighting is even and soft. Great job.
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Re: Maya Maya
Old 05-30-2008, 10:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Very nice Marty,..your always so accommodating.
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Re: Maya Maya
Old 05-30-2008, 10:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Looks like she'll be pleased - nice work.
Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Maya Maya
Old 05-30-2008, 10:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Lovely model and excellent work!
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Re: Maya Maya
Old 06-03-2008, 10:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Marty out of curiousity how many lights did you use on these. If I were guessing using the second shot I would say it is a minimum of 4 possibly 5.

My guesses would be Large softbox front camera left. Bare bulb or strip dome back left and back right (I think the back right is not as far back as the other) A background light for depth and then a possible 5th as a hair light on top of the head?

Just curious how my reverse engineering is doing.

Other than that beautiful shots.
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Re: Maya Maya
Old 06-04-2008, 06:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Marty out of curiousity how many lights did you use on these. If I were guessing using the second shot I would say it is a minimum of 4 possibly 5.

My guesses would be Large softbox front camera left. Bare bulb or strip dome back left and back right (I think the back right is not as far back as the other) A background light for depth and then a possible 5th as a hair light on top of the head?

Just curious how my reverse engineering is doing.

Other than that beautiful shots.
Since we're all here to learn from each other ... here's my lighting setup for image #2 (others images were very similar). Congratulations, your reverse engineering guess was VERY close - I used four lights, plus some ambient light from an overhead incandescent and the windows on two sides of the room. Also, I don't own any strip lights, so I just used a strobe with grid on it to light her right shoulder, and a strobe in a 30" softbox to light her left side (because I was too lazy to switch it out to a grid LOL). Fill light came from a 5' Photoflex octabox.

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Re: Maya Maya
Old 06-05-2008, 12:33 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for posting this.

What is everything metered out at? You key light is f4.5 but it looks like your side strobes are at least 2/3rd stop brighter, yes? Background 2/3rds less? Does that sound right?

I really like your shots. Thanks for posting.

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Re: Maya Maya
Old 06-05-2008, 04:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Metering??? What's that? I shoot like a chef ... a little of this, a little of that ... taste ... add more of this otr that ... then bake at ISO 200 and finish in post!

I always start by setting my camera on the aperture and shutter speed I want to use for the shot ... then I adjust the lights accordingly. I couldn't tell you what each light was set at. I just look at my LCD and adjust to taste. Three of my lights are variable power Alien Bees, so sometimes I can remember the power setting ... but I have four Norman strobes that are attached to a fixed power powerpack ... I just toss a pillowcase over the Norman strobe heads to reduce the amount of light. Models always lauugh at me when I throw a pillowcase ... I tell them it's not a pillowcase, it's an expensive "multi-use exposure-reduction density filter" ... and it's a VERY scientific process LOL.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:04 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thank you marty I really appreciate that and my first impulse was that the background was ambient but didn't trust it because of the 4 lights on her it started to make me doubt and think that possibly the rest was controlled as well.

I feel good that I got it right though, I would have said I was 80% sure that I was right, and 90% sure that even if I was wrong I could replicate it closely the way I was thinking.

Good shots like these seem to make the reverse engineering easier. Also I am glad to see I'm not the only one that views lighting ratios more as an art than a science, my day job involves too many numbers so I don't want to spend my fun job stressing about what every setting is.
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