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Forum: Contest Voting 11-02-2019, 01:49 AM  
Gothic Stallion - Competition Entry
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 11
Views: 108
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-13-2019, 01:11 PM  
How is this done? Studio and location multi source lighting game
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 11
Views: 1,413
My idea is sort of game where someone has an problem on the subject of portrait lighting or a question about how a certain photo is made posts an example photo and I'll have a look and see if that can be reproduced at least in diagram form and perhaps even give some advice if Im able. That diagram or the piece of advice is of course open to discussion as this thread is not merely for my curiosity(well maybe 75% of it is) to see if I can figure things out from images posted in any meaningful manner. Gear does matter but mostly in modifiers and in most of the cases the brand means nothing. My personal toolbox consists of range of studio flashes, battery flashes and dirt cheap speedlites combined in a wide variety of modifiers.

I have a studio at my disposal but limited time to do anything non commercial so I'll see if I could arrange a day for turning a bunch of diagrams into reality if this picks up. (I suppose this is basically an AMA -thread)

For an example(This is not meant to be a thread just for copying another artist's photo but this was the only example I had at my disposal that had the inspiration easily to be found): A couple of years back I was approached by an younger gentleman on the subject of getting a photo of himself in the same manner as the posthumous painting of Kennedy.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy by Aaron Shikler


Painting itself is quite forgiving as there's clearly only one light source but coming from an hard source from high angle from behind and broad side translating to something like this:

From top to bottom:
Silver reflecting umbrella as keylight and spill for background from around 2,5m high
Silver reflecting umbrella continuing the keylight from around 1,5m high
150cm softbox for fill light the center at chest height
Power ratios between flash units went something like 1:1, 1:2, 1:8

Reproducing the exact lighting in the painting could have been possible with one light if the keylight had been about twice as high but managing the shadows in photo would have been too troublesome given the space restrictions at the time. I chose umbrellas as keylight for the hard quality of the light and for the much forgiving spill which suited for this kind of setup. Large fill light just to pull those shadows up, nothing more. The location and the angle of the fill prevent the shadows turning too flat and dual light source feel.

The diagram translated to this in real world


I'm in no way and authority on the subject of portrait photography and lighting but I feel that through my work in the field I've accumulated knowledge exceeding that of an average hobbyist's.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-14-2019, 01:52 AM  
How is this done? Studio and location multi source lighting game
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 11
Views: 1,413
These are from lightingdiagrams.com
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-13-2019, 02:18 PM  
How is this done? Studio and location multi source lighting game
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 11
Views: 1,413
I was rather hoping that other members would post an example of a photo which they would like to know of how it's done or ask about a problem the have with their own but if there's none tomorrow I'll kick the thread forward myself.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-12-2019, 04:01 AM  
Fully Wired Studio Setup
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 124
Views: 3,239
Also the shadow stays in control better when you get your subject's nose pointin generally in the direction of the flash. Using a large modifier forgives a lot but even then the light source in my opinion looks better from the short side than from the broad side. The reflection can be achieved from further away with turning the reflector facing the subject but it can be a bit harsh that way.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-12-2019, 02:06 AM  
Fully Wired Studio Setup
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 124
Views: 3,239
You don't need another flash fot this kind of lighting if your main light is large enough. The reflector is enough with a slight modification of the plan. I suggest that you use your third light as a background light with a standard reflector&honeycomb or with an umbrella/softbox if you need brighter background or an defined vignette on the backgroud. You can adjust the shadow by moving the reflector closer or further away on the camera axis and the feathering of the main light can be adjusted barely by turning the camera side rim of the umbrella towards the model. Latter will of course affect your background if you are close to it.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-07-2019, 10:43 PM  
New Theta model: R03030
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 27
Views: 1,291
They are mostly used for real estate photography and for VR-stuff here in Finland. Professionals rarely exhibit their work on forums.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-01-2019, 11:07 AM  
Sigma stops K-Mount support
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 440
Views: 20,016
I don't think it stirs down to Pentax users not buyin them but in the fact that there aren't enough Pentax users to actually cover the cost of making K-mount versions of the new lenses.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-01-2019, 11:32 AM  
Fully Wired Studio Setup
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 124
Views: 3,239
Get AD400Pros or 600Pros. While you may not actually need 600Ws of power you'll get far more flashes out of single battery than from ad200pro's battery, faster recycling and smaller chance of overheating. Also with 600's you don't need to hassle with adapters to get your modifiers to fit. Also get a counterweight(or dozen) for each of your stands as someone will run in one of them eventually in school photography field. Speedboxes are your friend; easy to carry but far more controllable than a simple umbrella when assembled.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 10-01-2019, 12:21 PM  
Sticky: PentaxForums 100 Year Giveaway - October - General Raffle Entry Thread
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 458
Views: 10,707
I'll have my entry
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-30-2019, 02:05 PM  
Sticky: Pentax Photo Gallery (PPG) entries
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 6,151
Views: 835,050
To be honest there are plenty of photos that make me wonder how did they get accepted.
Forum: Photo Critique 04-25-2019, 02:26 AM  
People Pinups in old cowshed/barn
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 19
Views: 1,982
Obviously there's little left of the original 19th century interior as it's been turned in a restaurant. The model is the wonderful Miss Catnip.
Forum: Photo Critique 02-26-2019, 04:42 AM  
People Film noir
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 0
Views: 775




Forum: Photo Critique 03-01-2019, 06:47 AM  
People Some more from the Garden of Death set
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 1
Views: 1,030
Main image was for the monthly contest but here's a couple of leftovers







Forum: Photo Critique 01-28-2019, 07:51 AM  
People Cold day pinups
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 12
Views: 1,210




Forum: Photo Critique 11-27-2018, 05:28 AM  
People Composites for fun
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 3
Views: 752
I had a couple of days off so I decided to spend them on these. The ship, the model and the lamp/staff are my photos. Rest of the background is sourced from dozens of stock photos.





The composites are far from perfect lightingwise, biggest problem was the ship as it was drydocked and I had to shoot it from really high(3-6metres) up with less than stable extended tripod so I could not really light it properly.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-05-2018, 12:52 AM  
Studio lighting choices for Pentax K1, what do you recommend?
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 17
Views: 1,025
I agree. In studio you want total control and TTL is not a way to total control. I might argue though that you want AC powered flashes in studio and investing in battery powered ones is a waste of money if you don't use the flashes outside the studio.
Forum: Photo Critique 08-18-2018, 12:41 PM  
People 50's style portraits
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 16
Views: 902
After two mont's of searching I found period car. Models and the location was the easiest task.


Forum: Photo Critique 05-14-2018, 12:52 PM  
People Schoolgirl
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 10
Views: 1,001
Fun with practical effects, boatload of stuff carried on location to make one shot(there are a couple of versions though).
Forum: Photo Critique 06-05-2018, 06:45 AM  
Not Work-Safe Witchcraft
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 3
Views: 200
Thank you!

My workflow on these was to shoot all the poses and different smokes with the model first and then shoot the background. As I used tripod I had no problems with camera movement between poses.

Here's a time lapse from the position of the camera.















Youtu.be




On hindsight I think I should have gotten a bit closer and shot the brenizer also in vertical format.
Forum: Photo Critique 06-05-2018, 03:20 AM  
Not Work-Safe Witchcraft
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 3
Views: 200
These are brenizer method stitch-ups.





Forum: Photo Critique 05-16-2018, 05:52 AM  
People Schoolgirl
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 10
Views: 1,001
Nothing? How about this?
Forum: Photo Critique 04-20-2018, 07:55 AM  
People Burlesque promo
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 16
Views: 1,439
Main light was from 80cm octabox, fill from 90x120cm softbox, backlight from 30x120cm strip&30deg grid on standard reflector and a little background light from 20deg grid in standard reflector.

All flashes are Bowens Gemini 500 units.
Forum: Photo Critique 04-19-2018, 02:26 PM  
People Burlesque promo
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 16
Views: 1,439
On location shoot for a local burlesque group.
Forum: Photo Critique 03-06-2018, 05:08 AM  
People Black velvet
Posted By Drinkkeri
Replies: 15
Views: 1,447
I think that The King hasn't been a very photogenic model for a some time :D
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