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Hollywood Sirens - Editorial Shoot
Lens: DA*50-135 Camera: K3 Photo Location: Edmonton, AB Studio ISO: 100 
Posted By: Wired, 06-10-2015, 06:16 AM

This was an interesting one. I originally booked studio time to have a model friend come out and experiment with lighting. We were just going to sit down and try out new lighting tricks and just create all evening. We wanted to do basic poses, dark and edgy, some boudoir, and even some artistic nudes. Pushing my personal boundaries of not shooting boudoir or nudes/topless as it's something I've never done and very nervous of doing. It takes skill to not make it look trashy/pornoy. Unfortunately she had a family emergency the night before the shoot and the day of I started scrambling trying to come up with something so I don't loose my hard earned money.

That afternoon I got a message from Nataliya Bilavych (the black haired model) that she would like to work with me, however if it was tonight she was bringing her friend Olya Kolesnikova along for the ride. I had to come up with a concept quick. I still wanted to do something darker and edgier and I headed to the internet for inspiration. Both ladies had very stunning portfolios with an elegant look. I didn't want to do glamour as that's overdone in my city. So I decided I would try to do a more red-carpetesque shoot where I would make these girls feel like actresses doing promotional images for their next big movie. I wanted to do more early Hollywood era lighting, but just didn't have time to study it, so I just took inspiration from there for my primary images and then branched off from there.

Here is how it turned out, in B&W first as thats how it was originally envisioned. I'll post color images later today.






























Lighting setup varied from shot to shot, using Profoto D1 500, Profoto B1, Elinchrome Dlite4x, Promaster 72" Silver reflective umbrella, Elinchrome mini-soft Beauty dish, Elinchrome Rotolux Deep Octa 100cm (w/profoto ring), Lightrein 16x48 inch strip box, and a 10 degree Profoto grid.

Camera system was K3 with DA*50-135 for every shot
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and for the color versions
































thanks for watching
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I prefer the black and white versions of the green/black dress, but for the rest of them I cannot choose between the versions. Very nice work, Luke. I'm sure the ladies were thrilled.
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the b&w version is nice ^^ I'd love to add some soft rim light to separate them from the background, some photos are underexposed (it might be my screen though). For the white background photos, I'd light the background so there won't be any shadow on the white ^^ Some pp for the editorial photos : brighten&sharpen the eyes, skin retouch, dodge and burn face a little, correct the white balance

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Stunning images with stunning models, I'm a sucker for the B&W versions of these, well done.
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the b&w version is nice ^^ I'd love to add some soft rim light to separate them from the background, some photos are underexposed (it might be my screen though). For the white background photos, I'd light the background so there won't be any shadow on the white ^^ Some pp for the editorial photos : brighten&sharpen the eyes, skin retouch, dodge and burn face a little, correct the white balance
thanks for the cc.

the idea was to originally shoot them all B&W and have more dramatic lighting, edging on a bit darker/under exposed. so that was done on purpose in post as well. I was going to rim light, but decided against it as i wanted to have strong shadows and a really soft transition.

I did quite a bit of skin retouching, almost too much in some cases I think. Dodge and burn I could have done more, but at what point do you decided it's enough? As for white balance... they were all grey carded and custom profiled using X-rite color checker, and edited on a freshly calibrated monitor. Looks great and proper on my screen, same on my laptop when I view them here... not sure whats going on?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wired Quote
they were all grey carded and custom profiled using X-rite color checker, and edited on a freshly calibrated monitor. Looks great and proper on my screen, same on my laptop when I view them here... not sure whats going on?
must be my monitor then =))
thanks for sharing these photos with us ^^
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must be my monitor then =))
thanks for sharing these photos with us ^^
looked at them on a monitor at work, I totally see what your seeing now.

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