After posting this image on my Facebook page I received an inquiry about seeing the original photo. I can see why that may have been a thought in someone’s mind because the retouched image does have a very illustrative look. I love working with that style. Taking photos and turning them into a more comic book, stylized, painterly look.
Below you’ll see 2 images. One is cropped in a bit so you can see more detail and the other is the full length photo. From left to right, is the raw shot right from the camera (Canon 5dmk3), then the image after being processed in Lightroom 5 and finally after opening that processed image in Photoshop and adding the finishing touches. I actually bring it back into Lightroom for a few more tweaks (coloring and vignettes).
The lighting and positioning is really what brings this image together. I started with my model mimicking the pose of her holding a flame in her hand. Which was directly below a green gelled speedlite. There was also an additional green gelled speedlite (camera right) that directed a little bit more of green on her body. There were a total of 6 lights used 4 Paul C. Buff Einsteins and 2 Speedlites Canon 580exii. They aren’t shown in the image so I’m including a rough diagram of the lighting setup below. The key light (camera left) was a large soft box and the rim lights were narrow soft boxes (camera left and right). There was also blue gelled hair/rim light (camera left).
Hopefully that provides a little bit more insight in on the workflow and setup of this shot. I love incorporating Photoshop into my workflow, especially for shots like these. I always keep in mind the final result when shooting and hope that my settings get me there.
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As serious as these photos appear, behind the scenes, these guys are just fun to hang around with. At one point, I recall the guys breaking out into a hoedown sing-along. Something they do to pass the time when touring on the road. With ages ranging from 15 to 23, I couldn’t help but feel like the “old guy” in the room. In my mind I was just playing the wisdom card, as to not focus on my lower back pain at the time. Haha.
When I first heard their sound, I told myself that 16 year old me would like these guys… as it turns out 32 year old me likes them too.
This first image worked really well as a black and white, back-lit, dramatic photo and I liked it. I also thought it might look cool with some texture, so I decided to go through some of my archives of photos and add in a background…
This is the same image as the one above, but I just added in some gritty abandoned warehouse (super original I know, but it works) to the background. The effects I wanted with the back light is still there, now with some texture. Man I love photoshop.
My friend Mike has (had actually, he sold it the day after we shot it – pretty good timing) this really cool vintage Kawasaki Motorcycle. a ’78 KZ 650 SR to be exact. Mike and his buddies like to get old mororcycles and fix ’em, tune ’em up and get them looking nice and pretty again. Well, that’s exactly what he/they did with this bike. I saw it in the parking lot and decided that I needed to do my first “guy on a motorcycle” shoot. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to shoot it until I saw an instagram image that his fiancé took of him on it. Something clicked (pun intended) and we set out to shoot under a bridge. As it turns out, under the bridge (insert red hot chilli peppers song) wasn’t as cool as I thought. We ended up inbetween two old factory buildings and it worked out great. He found access to an old garage and that was a great find too.
There was this ongoing joke that I was “breaking new ground” that night with the photos I was taking. Hence the tagline. Ya know, a gungy alley and there were train tracks in some shots too. It doesn’t get more innovative than that. Haha.
I’ve been playing around with a new processing method for some of my images. They’re cartoon portraits, or Toontraits as I’ve named them. A combination of a photograph and post processing (I use Lightroom and Photoshop) techniques that give the look of being hand drawn/3D cell shaded rendering/old style comic print.
It’s a look I’ve been trying to achieve for a long time, ever since I started playing around with photoshop, some 8+ years ago. I finally feel like I’ve reached the style and level of quality that I want. Some of the images are studio portraits and some are environmental and the process changes depending upon the elements in the image. This technique is totally manual and I don’t think an ‘action’ would allow me to achieve the same results. I played around with amplifying the toon effect by distorting some body parts and I think it works.
I’ve included some cropped in versions to showcase the detail.
I really wanted to challenge myself with creating a Cinemagraph. As you can see with the image below, it’s a combination of still and video. Basically it’s a video with parts of the image isolated. I wanted to create something basic like this because I had this idea for a client where a fashion designer could utilize more than just still images on their website.
I shot a test with my friend Kim (LOVE shooting with Kim!) and she stayed pretty still, but to really pull this look off, elements, like her arms, legs and face really need to be isolated. A more advanced challenge would be to get her hair and moving. So far, I’m happy with the result.
I took some photos of my friend George yesterday. Their purpose was for his passport, but I thought I’d make an attempt at turning him into a child sized adult. I doubt it could be used as a passport photo, but it was fun and challenging to do. It’d be great even if as a gag he taped this image over it. For some reason I don’t think they’d see the humor in it.