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03-12-2015, 09:32 AM   #1
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modern luxury pinup
Lens: Nikon 24-70 f2.8 Camera: Nikon D800 Photo Location: Infiniti Dealership ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/80s Aperture: F4 



sorry if it's not okay to post an image from a Nikon. I just like this community too much.


This is my first "concept" modeling shoot. A creative collaboration between the model and I. I normally do lifestyle stuff, but have taken 2015 to start focusing more on conceptual, editorial, and soon glamour style photography and get further away from weddings and the general public. Sick and tired of the average bride wanting to look like Tyra Banks in her wedding pictures and blowing a gasket when she doesn't.

Nikon D8000
Nikon 24-70/f2.8
iso 100
1/80 second
f4
zoomed to 32mm

lighting:
2 Elinchrom Dlite 4 (1 with a 100cm Octabox deep-throat, the other a 6" reflector with diffuser disc)
2 SB910 speed lights on stands set for wide dispersion

Octa facing the model camera left, same distance from the model as the camera. Set about 1 foot above the camera (5 feet)
Reflector camera right facing the model (good distance away) on low power facing down about 7 feet in the air
one speed light camera left illuminating the side of the vehicle, aimed towards the ground to bounce the light up
one speed light directly behind the car for frim light, don't think it fired


The idea was to mix modern, retro, and luxury into one. So we picked out an outfit inspired by the "We Can Do It!" posters (which we played on that for a pose too, but I haven't edited' it yet), got her hair done and makeup done in a pinup look. We were lucky to be allowed to shoot in an Infiniti dealership and use a brand new Infiniti Q50 as our prop. We approached Audi, Mercedes, BMW, and Jaguar, Landrover...but Infiniti was the only one to reply. We also got a call back from Dodge to use a Challenger Hellcat, but I didn't like the look of the shop, wasn't as clean and modern as I wanted. And the Hellcat isn't exactly "luxury" but still would have been awesome.

My model may be a bit larger than your stereotypical model, but when I asked her to do pinup with me it was because of her size. I wanted a "normal" woman with some curves for this shoot.

This was a fantastic team, first time I had makeup and hair on site doing touch ups and adjustments as I was moving lights around. It was awesome. Usually my makeup artist just goes and reads a book if she stays on set. So having that hands on team was just amazing.


edit: post processing

For post processing I did basic adjustments and color correction in Lightroom CC. I used an X-Rite color checker passport and created a camera profile based on that. I did basic sharpening, and some dodge and burn. Specifically darkened the background to black out the tool boxes in the shop and to brighten the grill and the ground around the model and vehicle.

I then moved into photoshop and applied a few different layer masks. I did a clarity and sharpness mask on the ground and grill and other details on the vehicle to really make the details stand out and make them punch a bit. I boosted the brightness of the model. I applied so skin softening or beauty touch ups aside from getting rid of a few piercings. Did some basic cleanup for sensor/lens dust. Performed a highpass sweep at 1 pixel to finish it off.

Back into Lightroom for a few more local adjustments using clarity/dodge and burn.

Exported into NIK (can't remember which plugin specifically) to add the frame and apply a custom film emulation layer without the grain to give it more of that "retro" look and feel.

In lightroom again to adjust overall exposure as NIK darkened it by about a half stop. (I still think I could/should have gone maybe a 1/3 stop brighter) and did a de-noise adjustment.

Finally, exported one more time into photoshop to lengthen the canvas to make it look like a Poloroid and put the credits on the bottom. Not my usual watermark font.

Read more: http://nikonites.com/photo-critique/29324-modern-luxury-pinup.html#ixzz3UBm54ma4

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I like the color scheme of the model's clothes as a contrast against the white of the vehicle.
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I really like it. The pose, the arrogant smile, the way the car gets out of the frame.

Two things bother me (not much, but it's the critique section). Her knee is where the light is brightest, it should be her face. And the border doesn't work for me, even though there's a girl the car is the main reason for the shot, so I'd play it modern, not fake vintage.
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I really like it. The pose, the arrogant smile, the way the car gets out of the frame.

Two things bother me (not much, but it's the critique section). Her knee is where the light is brightest, it should be her face. And the border doesn't work for me, even though there's a girl the car is the main reason for the shot, so I'd play it modern, not fake vintage.
Ah yes, I see that now. the lights just reflecting off her leg like crazy hey. thanks





heres another from the set. I wasn't gonna post it because once you look at it 1:1 in LR her face is grossly out of focus. but it seems fine for web



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I like that one a lot! The background falling into darkness, the tire marks on the floor, her posture. It's a good one.
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I like that one a lot! The background falling into darkness, the tire marks on the floor, her posture. It's a good one.
I cloned the floor grate out as well. it looks kinda mushy where it used to be when viewed at larger resolutions
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What a difference between first and second pictures. When I looked at first one I thought I would kill the photographer for making poor girl looking old and fat. Sorry.
The second shoot is like been taken by different person, just great. For the car and especially for the girl
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What a difference between first and second pictures. When I looked at first one I thought I would kill the photographer for making poor girl looking old and fat. Sorry.
The second shoot is like been taken by different person, just great. For the car and especially for the girl
I'm confused on how to take that lol!

I've heard the "too fat" comment a few times for the original photo when posted elsewhere.

but I'm glad the second shot is having a much better reception (here and elsewhere)

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QuoteOriginally posted by Wired Quote
I've heard the "too fat" comment a few times for the original photo when posted elsewhere.
See, I'm not the only one!
If seriously, I believe that's the pose and lightning. First, her arm on front may be too close to her body, and that's not flattering idea, imo. Then her belly (or blouse only?) makes her looking either pregnant or, excuse me, but yes, fat. And the way how her neck and the spine are tense, tells me that she does not feel natural or comfortable.
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