Tasha Reign Circus Tent II

When investing in a custom made backdrop for a shoot it’s great if you can get to use it more then once. But you don’t want all your shots looking the same on that background if you have used it before on another shoot, unless you are doing pickups for a catalog and you need to have the images looking the same as the last time you shot on that backdrop. So here is a tip! "Keep notes or a diagram of your lighting setups". In these shots of sexy actress Tasha Reign I use the same backdrop I had use for a shoot with Playboy® Playmate Barbara Moore “The Circus Tent” I wanted to use another lighting technique with Tasha so I would not have them looking the same as my shoot with Barbara. Using a ring light and a soft box as my fill light it would give me a different look. I would use the same adjustment I had used for the string of lights that would hang down from the top of the backdrop as I did before with the use of a dimmer switch to adjust the output of light. The other change was the outfit on the model. I went with a body stocking and a top hat to help promote an attitude.        The ring light was fixed onto my Canon 60D with a Canon 50mm STM lenes. ISO 200 and and my f stop was @ f8. 250sec. I was also able to get the exposure of the tungsten lights that were hanging down with no issue with the use of...

Roof Top Shot with Yvette Nelson

     As I had talked about before, a photo idea can be simple but effective when you spend some time to plan a shot, but you can also be creative on the fly by using your knowledge from other photo shoots you have worked on before. In this shoot with Yvette Nelson, it’s just another way to use the sky and hard daylight to get the best shot’s you need. The hard light is not always the best time to shoot but if you have a strobe and you are able to sync your camera up for a fast shutter speed you could get the exposure you need to pull off super shot’s like these. Yvette wanted to have a shot with her body all oiled up and shiny in a swimsuit, and what better way to show off her sexy body then to shoot a tropical look on location. But we were not about to get on a plane and fly to a location just for one shoot, So I thought as we are in Los Angeles, how about the palm trees and blue sky as a background. Now the best-looking part of the palm trees are there leaves, so how do I get her to be in front of them? Let’s shoot on the roof that way we would be at tree top height, plus we can also get the blue sky with no distractions in my shots at the same time, but it was a bit too bright outside as we would be in direct sunlight with no shade on the rooftop. If I use a...

Catalog shoot with Tiffany Toth Playboy® Playmate

In this Story Behind the Picture we are going to talk about a catalog shoot with Playboy® Playmate Tiffany Toth. I have a lighting setup that I use, which always gets me a nice clean white backdrop. I take two lights in umbrellas on stands and have them facing down onto the backdrop. They are at the height of the start of the white seamless. Make sure the light is about 1 & ½ stop’s brighter than your front lights. Do not get the model to close to the backdrop as the light will bounce off the backdrop and flair back onto the model and the clothes. The front lights should be in box’s not in umbrellas or other round modifier's as this will put a hot spots on the clothes. I use one large box as the main light and my other light is a ½ Dome as the fill, don’t make them the same (Size or power) as you will have flat lighting, keep the light as close to the models on set as you can. If you find that the light is still not working well on the faces of the models you can place a beauty dish or small box light on a boom to only light up the face of the model this will be a fill light so it has to be another soft light. As you can see in the images Playboy® Playmate Tiffany Toth has a lovey face and smashing figure. Other equipment I used was a Canon 60D camera and my lens was a Tamron 28-75mm zoom set @ f11/125sec...

On location Swimsuit shots

In these shots, I use a strobe to light up the models one the shot’s I did not. Can you guess which? When shooting a body shot or just a swimwear shot on location there are many things to think about. The first of them is the time of day morning or afternoon. If you think you need the sun like mid-day you are out of your mind. That is the time when the sun it at the top of the sky and you get hard light. Now if you are going to use a scrim (Over the top of the subject) to cut back the light you just might get away with it but the background will be blown out from the sun betting down on it. But here is how it should be done, the later part of the day is when the light drops to a much softer light as the sun goes down the last part of the sunlight hits the earth that is the slower part of the light spectrum which is the red and orange light. We like to call this the golden hour. Now you can shoot in the morning but this will give you a cold light as the sunlight is blue when it hits the earth in the early part of the day. keep that in mind if you are shooting a catalog of clothing you will see a color shift if are shooting all day. The best way to control the light onto the subject is to use a strobe/flash as fill light that will help to keep the...

Glamour head shot with Mishel Thorpe

When setting up for a glamour head shot it’s not like a portrait shot. You should understand that a glamour shot is about making the face look just that glamous with nice lighting that looks a bit sexy & a bit Hollywood. A portrait is sort of best of them look or a very normal or formal look. Now for this shot with model Mishel Thorpe we were in the studio and I could place my lights any were so the first light set up was to be in front and slightly above the model’s face, this would place a shadow under the nose which we call a butterfly. To remove this shadow and to bounce light up under the chin we can use a reflector that could be a soft white or silver it depends on how much bounce you like. I have a soft silver that I use. I place this on a boom under the model’s face about foot under her chin and up to the face. I sometimes place white cards on each side of the model to make a box to bounce the light back around the face. In this shot I did not do that as I wanted the light to drop off as it hit the face with no bounce back. This would give more shaping to the face, the bounce on each side with the white cards can give a flat look. Now to make a background look interesting I use a string of lights which I had & to make sure they would bee seen in the image so I...

Yvette Nelson Malibu Hills

Every body is talking about life style images. We use to call it editorial, but with something known as rebranding we call it “Life Style”. These images are of Yvette Nelson on location in the Malibu Hills, California. We set out to find a location that had a countryside look with some open space as I wanted to have the background out of focus and keep the attention on the model in the clothes. This can be done with a shallow depth of field called “Bokeh” it's a Japanese word which translated to “out of focus”. I am talking about using a low f stop on the lens. Like 2.8 or 5.6 this will give you this look. It would also help if you have a long lens so that you compress the images but you can also use a 50mm lens, I used a 50mm on my Canon 60D (85mm) so you can see it can be done with a crop sensor with no issues. If you are starting out and like to know why you would want to do this “Bokeh” its because in a photo/image you want the viewer to look at what you want them to look at. This way of putting all the other part of the image out of focus help this happen. We also looked for soft light and ended putting the sun behind Yvette to rim her and the hat. By opening the f stop by 1/2 a stop I exposed for shadow detail. You can use a reflector or strobe/flash to act as a fill light if you like that...