Making of The Distinguished Gentleman

September 27, 2017  •  1 Comment

 

I was on a shoot for a client and my friend Craig who was assisting me wanted a portrait after we were done. We decided to have some fun and do something edgy. We were out on a street corner and it was 2:00 pm in the afternoon. The sun was high and it was quite bright that day. Using a Profoto D1 500 Air I made the sun submit to me.

I used a C-Stand with a Profoto Air D1 500 slammed in up close. I was so close to him that I had the camera lens just under the Profoto 3ft Octo. The light was just slightly offset to the left by a hair, probably a foot away from Craig so that his right side was highlighted more than his left. I set the strobe to 10 so that it was at full power and emitted a loud pop then after a pause beeped to let me know it recycled. The kind of pop that lets you know you just blinded your subject. The camera was set to 1/200th of a second at ISO 50 and  Apature F20. In post production, I edited his skin and increased the shadows a hair. Below is the diagram followed by the image out of camera and the finalized shot.

  

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The diagram above shows the position of the subject in relation to the lighting. 

 

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Here is the photo pretty much right out of the camera. You can see where I had to eliminate a street sign. 

 

Here is the finalized image skin editing, and color grading along with adjustments added to the eyes. I also increased the shadows to give it a moodier and edgier look.

 

For information on the lighting that I use and where I get it please follow the link HERE


Comments

Arrow Studio(non-registered)
I had to look up at the D1 500. In Florida at 2 pm in September? That is quite the light! Hope the model was not harmed! Well done!
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