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Brooke - Hollywood Glamour Style
Old 01-20-2009, 09:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Time for my quasi-annual posting ....

From a recent shoot with Atlanta-area model Brooke, to emulate that classic Hollywood glamour look. Also, this was my first shoot done entirely using hot (incandescent) lights.


Nikon D2X, white balance set for tungsten light, 24-85 Nikkor zoom at 85mm, ISO 400, f5.6 at 1/80th second, manual mode.

Metered with a Gossen Luna Pro S, converted to black-and-white using Photoshop Lab Color mode and deleting the A and B channels.

Lighting courtesy of three 50-year-old Bardwell-McAlister six-inch keg focusing spots (750 watts each) and a 1000 watt Altman 16-inch scoop light for fill. All direct lighting. No umbrellas. No soft boxes. No bounce. No scrims.

Didn't matter that the weather outside had been well below freezing that morning, it was toasty warm in the garage! I'll look for a spike in my electric bill.

Comments and critiques welcome. As we would say in the Navy, "Fire one!" (Unless you're ex-Air Force, then it's "Bombs away!")
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Re: Brooke - Hollywood Glamour Style
Old 01-22-2009, 05:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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While your photograph has a somewhat retro glamour look, in my opinion the classic, (meaning 40's and 50's) Hollywood was mostly low-key. Not all, but it was more in the key of the one you posted as noir.

The image I posted is not exactly true Classic Hollywood style either, just an obligitory posting.

The butterfly light you have used was, of course very common, but portraits from that era had more contast. Do you use scrims, or snoots to give you more directional lighting control? That was a popular method of light control during that time, and for that style.

The dress, and gloves are in keeping, but the wicker chair doesn't seem to be. I realize if we are photographing a non-model customer is is not always possible to have the correct clothing/hairstyle, or they might request a particular prop.

I sure need to find a hat like that (other shot).

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Old 01-25-2009, 05:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Time for my quasi-annual posting ....

From a recent shoot with Atlanta-area model Brooke, to emulate that classic Hollywood glamour look. Also, this was my first shoot done entirely using hot (incandescent) lights.


Nikon D2X, white balance set for tungsten light, 24-85 Nikkor zoom at 85mm, ISO 400, f5.6 at 1/80th second, manual mode.

Metered with a Gossen Luna Pro S, converted to black-and-white using Photoshop Lab Color mode and deleting the A and B channels.

Lighting courtesy of three 50-year-old Bardwell-McAlister six-inch keg focusing spots (750 watts each) and a 1000 watt Altman 16-inch scoop light for fill. All direct lighting. No umbrellas. No soft boxes. No bounce. No scrims.

Didn't matter that the weather outside had been well below freezing that morning, it was toasty warm in the garage! I'll look for a spike in my electric bill.

Comments and critiques welcome. As we would say in the Navy, "Fire one!" (Unless you're ex-Air Force, then it's "Bombs away!")
Nice shot and Brooke does look glamorous and desirable. I'm in the Air Force but my bomber is flying "empty" Kudos to you and Brooke!
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Old 01-25-2009, 04:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hair and makeup make the difference between making "Hollywood Glamour" and making an attempt more than anything else, with lighting *control* being next. Your light *on the model* is money, but you have too much spill and flood around the model, lacking contrast and focus to the subject.



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Re: Brooke - Hollywood Glamour Style
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I agree with Jon, the contrast between her and the chair should be more. You might be able to bring it up enough with photoshop but post is always NOT the best way to do it.

other than that, I like the shot. Heck I just noticed we're neighbors. (almost)
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