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Tutorial - Portrait in 80's style - FYM

by | Feb 19, 2020 | 0 comments

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What influenced you to create this project? What elements?

At the beginning I just had the idea to use purple light in the back to define outlines. This purple color brought a hot and cool atmosphere at the same time, sometimes faded, sometimes intense, like in movies from the 80’s.

Then the image of Cobra (the movie) came to my mind, with his big reflecting glasses. Born in the 80’s… What else can I say?

What about using these glasses to reflect something colorful ? Colors, shapes, lightpainting ! Let’s play !

 

What influenced you to create this project? What elements?

At the beginning I just had the idea to use purple light in the back to define outlines. This purple color brought a hot and cool atmosphere at the same time, sometimes faded, sometimes intense, like in movies from the 80’s.

Then the image of Cobra (the movie) came to my mind, with his big reflecting glasses. Born in the 80’s… What else can I say?

What about using these glasses to reflect something colorful ? Colors, shapes, lightpainting ! Let’s play !

 

How did we create this image ?

The camera was mounted on a tripod, so that the light set up was accurate. The backlight was LED, and on each side, flash was mounted on softboxes.

In this set up, both continuous and flash lights were used. Several shots were taken to find the right balance between :

  • Flash lights (making the print and modeling render on model’s face)
  • Backlight intensity
  • Model moves blur (involuntary)

If exposure time is too short, the LED light would not have enough time to create the image.

Final exposure time was 1 second.

See the layout below

 

How did we create this image ?

The camera was mounted on a tripod, so that the light set up was accurate. The backlight was LED, and on each side, flash was mounted on softboxes.

In this set up, both continuous and flash lights were used. Several shots were taken to find the right balance between :

  • Flash lights (making the print and modeling render on model’s face)
  • Backlight intensity
  • Model moves blur (involuntary)

If exposure time is too short, the LED light would not have enough time to create the image.

Final exposure time was 1 second.

See the layout below

 

F6.7, 100 ISO

1 second

Camera mounted on tripod

Reflections in glasses

As the plan was to use lightpainting to draw shapes in the glasses, a steady position was required to avoid motion blur. This is why the glasses could not be kept on the nose during the capture. Solution : put glasses on tripod.

In that case, we could try all attempts we wanted. After hiding all elements reflecting light in the room, several shots were done until a satisfying result was made.

To your positions !

During the capture, I was on the chair behind the reflector controling the camera and light, while Ray was drawing shapes on the sides of the tripod to be reflected in the glasses.

Reflections in glasses

As the plan was to use lightpainting to draw shapes in the glasses, a steady position was required to avoid motion blur. This is why the glasses could not be kept on the nose during the capture. Solution : put glasses on tripod.

In that case, we could try all attempts we wanted. After hiding all elements reflecting light in the room, several shots were done until a satisfying result was made.

 

To your positions !

During the capture, I was on the chair behind the reflector controling the camera and light, while Ray was drawing shapes on the sides of the tripod to be reflected in the glasses.

And then ?

First post treatment in Lightroom, then Photoshop to combine all images and layers to obtain the final result.

And then ?

First post treatment in Lightroom, then Photoshop to combine all images and layers to obtain the final result.

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