Studio Portraits

Posted: March 10, 2014 in Portrait - Identities - Culture & Self
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For last week’s studio session, the task was to, as a group, come up with series of images. So no set theme, just do as we please, take some test shots and see what we can come up with. We decided to go for a low-key, kind of film noir set of images. After a bit, we started playing around with the lighting and we started using a fan to add a bit of wind to the shots. We looked on the internet for some inspiration and there were several images, including the following, that gave us ideas on what to do. It was a bit hard, as we couldn’t use proper cigarettes, but we used an electronic cigarette instead. However, the smoke isn’t the same at all. So our images may not be of such quality just yet, but it’s a good start.


For the first few, we used the following setup:


Just a black background, with black reflector boards on the sides. Then we placed a strobe light with a snoot on the left, focussed on the face. These images of my fellow students are the result.







For the second lot, the lighting was set up as followed:


So the same thing, but now we added some backlighting behind the people and added a fan in some of the shots for a breezy effect of the hair. These are the resulting shots:











I’m quite pleased with the results. I’m sure there’s plenty that we could improve on, but when I look at the small amount of experience I have in the studio and the resulting shots, I’m definitely happy enough. Perhaps we drifted off a little bit from our original idea of film noir, but I’ve gained quite a bit of knowledge from this session and it was the most fun I’ve ever had in a studio. So all in all, it was a good learning experience and hopefully what I’ve learned will be useful for future projects.


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