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Studio Portraiture

Posted: Tue, 25th May 2010, 6:15pm

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ben3308

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Hey guys, thought I'd start off a thread on here for any known user (Serpent maybe?) or unknown Photokey user to throw onto the thread some studio portraits they've taken, or ones they particularly like.

I've only had a few bouts in the studio, but enjoyed my time there and the results I came up with. By this, I mean I got a license to use the photography studios at The University of Texas - I don't have a home studio or anything.

Anyhow, here's a couple of my shots. I really enjoy harsh hatchet lighting, so I did that for about 1/3 of my shots. The rest are all more even and 'studio'-esque, but I like the more extreme ones better. Gamma and levels were shifted in Photoshop, and I toned the Red channel down.

I had them on Facebook, so am linking from there - so excuse some quality issues if they're present. biggrin Post your own if you have them!


Posted: Wed, 26th May 2010, 12:36am

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Serpent

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That guy looks like ssjaaron in the first shot. smile Good stuff. All of my studio portrait work is somewhere on the Blackhawk marketing server. Any of my published work is probably in the apparel section of their site:

http://www.blackhawk.com/catalog/Apparel,22.htm

it all pretty much looks the same, just product shots, nothing really interesting to contribute to the thread yet. But I'm doing some professional realtor shots soon so I'll post those up when I'm done.

I'm lovin' the new forum! smile The idea of a photo forum on here never even crossed my mind for some reason. FXHome is one of the few forums I'm active on, and now the only photo forum that I frequent, so this will be really useful in learning and staying up-to-date.
Posted: Fri, 28th May 2010, 12:18am

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Axeman

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I've yet to do any portrait-type stuff, but I very well might have some coming up, so I'll be sure to get a link in here whenever I do.

Nice work on those portraits, ben3308. On the second one, I'd personally like to see more blur on the background, but its still not bad. I like the first one a bit better though.
Posted: Wed, 16th Jun 2010, 4:15pm

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Sharonbo

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Hi, How do you upload a picture/pictures to your thread? I am new to FX. I don't see anywhere to upload photos. By the way, I think your photos are excellent. Love the lighting.
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Posted: Wed, 16th Jun 2010, 6:32pm

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Axeman

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You upload the image to anywhere you want, then provide a link in your forum post. If you want to embed the image in the post, use the tags: [img]weblink to image here[/img] and it will embed.
Posted: Sun, 20th Jun 2010, 5:11am

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Martin Kimeldorf

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Posted: Sun, 20th Jun 2010, 1:56pm

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Sharonbo

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Thanks on the info for uploading. Ben, your photos are really good. This is using a green screen??? How did you avoid the green overspill???
Posted: Sun, 20th Jun 2010, 6:18pm

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Axeman

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I don't think ben3308's photos are greenscreened. But avoiding spill is basically a matter of lighting the scene correctly, keeping sufficient distance between your subject and the greenscreen, and applying spill suppression properly.

If you are having difficulties with greenscreening, the PhotoKey forum would be the best place to link to an image, as we could offer suggestions as to how to improve, based on what we see in the image.
Posted: Sun, 20th Jun 2010, 7:48pm

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Sharonbo

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Thank you...I thought this was. smile
Posted: Sun, 20th Jun 2010, 8:49pm

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Axeman

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No problem, this forum would work as well. This is more intended for general photography chat, whereas the PhotoKey forum is more greenscreen-specific, but either place would work for that type of question.

Actually, the PhotoKey forum would be more software-specific, so I guess if your question was how to remove green spill in PhotoKey, that would be the best place, but if its how to avoid green spill while shooting, maybe this would be the best forum for the question after all. Meh, use whichever one you want, I guess. It would fit in either forum.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jun 2010, 7:36pm

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Axeman

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While taking some shots for an upcoming PhotoKey tutorial, I ended up doing a couple portraits of my brother, so I thought I'd post them here. The tutorial is on creating old-fashioned photos in PhotoKey, so I lit these in the typical method of the times, with a single light just off-axis from the camera, though I used modern lights rather than a thermite flash pan. The greenscreen was lit separately, of course. Then they were processed in PhotoKey.

One in Sepia:


and one in Silver, and a bit faded:
Posted: Tue, 5th Oct 2010, 7:14pm

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Serpent

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Finally got to use my own lights on some new studio portrait work. Shot for a band.





But the full set is here: http://cpostudios.com/?p=602