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Shooting on location

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Shooting on location

A while back a good friend of me, and fellow photographer Peter Stevens asked me to assist him during another shoot in an abandonned location in Liege to test his new Elinchrome Ranger System.

That being said, after exchanging some messages and agreeing on a date, the model and a makeup artist we decided to give it a go!

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Creating Custom Backdrops

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Creating Custom Backdrops

Let me introduce you to custom made backdrops. Since I have my own studio (about 3 years now) I wanted something else then just regular plane white and black backdrops.  Not that there is something wrong with that but for me personally it gets really boring after a while.

How i think about creating custom backdrops

How i think about creating custom backdrops

We decided to mix it up a bit so that we can work with different backdrops in the studio and give the client a bit more options to choose from.

In total we devided the studio into a total of 23 different backdrops/sets with different colors, different styles, and three different floors.

We also have paper backdrops (8 in total) but i prefer to have backdrops to which models can lean to, so that I can create some attachement to the wall/backdrop to have a nice shadowplay in my images.

One of my latest creations for the studio. Orange/Yellow/Red with some dark accents in it.

One of my latest creations for the studio. Orange/Yellow/Red with some dark accents in it.

How can you create custom made backdrops well, just be creative. Go to the a DIY store and just look around, be creative.

The backdrop above is one side of a regular wooden board (unfortunately it's a bit heavier then a foamboard but i like it this way. It's more firm then a foamboard, models will not fall trough when leaning against them.

How was the above print/texture created?
Well pretty simple, just play around with brushes, create some splashes, mix up different colors of paint, just try some things out. Look online for some inspiration online, look in magazines etc.

The one above took me 2 hours to create so I'm pretty anxious to see what it will give on an image once we put a model in front of it.

The other side of the orange looking (rustic) backdrop! More for a fashion based shoot.

The other side of the orange looking (rustic) backdrop! More for a fashion based shoot.


It took me a lot more time to create, like 3 hours, just to make some depth in the image and not just one flat backdrop.

The reason I will probably use the backdrop for more fashion minded images is very simple, it's neutral, and doesn't take away the attention of the model when she will be in front of it.

That's a very important point to keep in mind when making these backdrops, that it will not take away more attention then your subject in front of it.

Also if you play with your depth of field when shooting, it will blend all nicely together.

The wooden board is 1m20 x 2m20, for me that's enough to be used in regular shots. If you start doing duo shots then this might be a bit too small.

The wooden board is 1m20 x 2m20, for me that's enough to be used in regular shots. If you start doing duo shots then this might be a bit too small.

So if you still have any questions about the backdrops feel free to drop me a line and i'll be sure to reply to everyone!

Thanks again everyone for the support and don't forget to go check out our Youtube Channel with free Photoshop & Photography Tutorials on them. (In Dutch)





 

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Latex in a fashionable way

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Latex in a fashionable way

This weeks blogpost will handle about Latex and how we like to shoot it. We all know about Latex and how it quickly gets associated with not the right images and mood.

Model: Sara Scarlet - Makeup & Hair: Eline Van Gils - Latex: Westward Bound

Model: Sara Scarlet - Makeup & Hair: Eline Van Gils - Latex: Westward Bound

If i'm shooting latex, with a big thank you to the people at Westward Bound, in a fashionable -beauty way we are not going for the flat images, but we try to put something extra in it, be creative. Play with lights, play with makeup, hair, mood, scenes etc.

For this shooting we decided to go with some extreme hairstyles and makeup. This would compliment the latex and the mood of the images.  Below you can see an image with some extreme makeup, not the makeup you would go for on a daily basis. We wanted something more futuristic.

Model: Sara Scarlet - Makeup & Hair: Eline Van Gils - Latex: Westward Bound

Model: Sara Scarlet - Makeup & Hair: Eline Van Gils - Latex: Westward Bound

 Styling is an important part of the shoot. If we take the image below, without those shoes, but regular pumps, the feeling from this image would have been totally different. Luckily the model we casted had a lot of experience with latex and had the necesarry accesoires to go with it.

Model: Sara Scarlet - Makeup & Hair: Eline Van Gils - Latex: Westward Bound

Model: Sara Scarlet - Makeup & Hair: Eline Van Gils - Latex: Westward Bound

Another look we did on another backdrop. Something to keep in mind when shooting latex, it reflects, so choosing the right light modifier is an important part of the action.

You want reflections on the right places. Latex has to shine, so it will reflect light on a nice way. For that you can buy special sprays in stores.

Model: Sara Scarlet - Makeup & Hair: Eline Van Gils - Latex: Westward Bound

Model: Sara Scarlet - Makeup & Hair: Eline Van Gils - Latex: Westward Bound

Model: Sara Scarlet - Makeup & Hair: Eline Van Gils - Latex: Westward Bound

Model: Sara Scarlet - Makeup & Hair: Eline Van Gils - Latex: Westward Bound

The above images where shot with the same light modifier. For those two we used a striplight 130x50cm with a grid on it to bundle the light.  The light did not move in this shots,  but I did to change my angle towards the light and model.

Model: Sara Scarlet - Makeup & Hair: Eline Van Gils - Latex: Westward Bound

Model: Sara Scarlet - Makeup & Hair: Eline Van Gils - Latex: Westward Bound

And as a final setup we had a latex catsuit.

The makeup artist Eline Van Gils did something special with the hair and makeup to end with. We chose for a backdrop that has something futuristic in it, because the latex together with the makeup compliments each other really well.

So that's it for this weeks blogpost. If you have any questions, remarks, comments feel free to let me know and i'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Have a lovely weekend and catch you all on next weeks update.
Gunther

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Walktrough "Castle Of Dreams"

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Walktrough "Castle Of Dreams"

Castle Of Dreams, creation

As you can see, all the images above where made from the same angle and perspective. All on a tripod to make sure the compositing part in the end was not to big of a deal.

Hello All It's been a while since I've updated my blog again, so here I'll make it up to you.

Last w  eek, we decided to do another 'Project'! Below I'll give you a sneek peak of the proces we went trough when creating this image. It was made of multiple exposures, and later in the retouching part, all composed together.

As you can see below, we started with a empty room in a castle, and we've built the entire set and customized it to our own taste. Big thanks to Photographyves (assistant) and Tinneke Geenen (styling) for helping me out that day. 


Tec  hnical Part: The shutter speed used for the shot with only the dress was 1 sec on ISO 200 with a diafragma of f11. Camera was a Nikon D700 + 24-70mm f2.8Later we added the deep octa right in front of her, to create an even light, to make sure later in the compositing part we had not to much contrast, because we wanted to create a romantic, dreamy atmosphere.

Later this week I will go over the retouching of this image, since i know a lot of you out there are really interesting in this part.

Got questions about this, feel free to contact me!

 

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On Top Of Topless Art

In March we had for the very first time our 'Get On Top Of Topless Art' Workshop with the lovely model Emilie Vermeylen! Just to have you  know how it works in our workshops, Double Drouble Studios have created a behind the scenes movie to give you a quick inside view of all of this.  

Get on top of topless art - BTS from Double Trouble Studios on Vimeo.

During this workshop we try to play as much as we can with shadows. And not to mention posing your model, since there are no clothes (or almost none) we have to be creative with the body and create some nice curves for this.

If you are also interested in one of these workshops, you can find more information over here! At the end of April we have a workshop with the Dutch model Lenaa Warmelink doing the same kind of style.

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And for now some of the images shot during the workshop!

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That's it for this week! Enjoy your weekend and will do another update after the weekend on my blog!

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Jamecia Baker

Hello All, Quick update: Just a retouched result from the shooting with Jamecia Baker.

Simple light setup, one light Elinchrom BX500RI on the right, behind her, gelled with 2 blue gells, to make the blue more visibel and darker. Just a simple 18cm reflector behind her with a grid in, on top of that attached the blue gells with some tape.

Mainlight was another BX500RI with the Elinchrom Deep Octa & Grid on the right side from her, on a low angle point to her.

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Questions, comments let me know!

Up to the next shooting, catch you laterz

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