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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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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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Retouching

As promised in this post I will try to describe the retouching done on 'Castle Of Dreams'

Below you can find already my layers pallete in Photoshop CS6

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As you can see it's a lot of layers and impossible to describe them all. I will try to summarize, if there should be any questions feel free to contact me.

 - RAW CONVERTIONS

We used two images in total to generate one total image. In the raw conversion program (Capture One) we tried to get the most details out of the RAW images. Later on we masked them in, so we get one composed image.

- CLEANUP BACKGROUND/SETTING - STRAIGHTEN THE IMAGE/PERSPECTIVE

After those three processes I started cleaning up the model herself. Using the regular healing brush to remove all blemishes on her skin.

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- DRESS/CURTAINS/OVERAL FEELING

Since we wanted to create a very dreamy feeling you will see in the layer pallet a lot of Toning/Light layers, all this was used to give a very even toning and light atmosphere.

Creating the light was not that hard, we just used an adjustement layer gradient, put it from white to transparant, and put it to Radial instead of lineair, and placed it where we wanted it. For instance, under her arms, near the windows.

DODGE  & BURN

We did some dodging and burning, but being used for the contouring of the image, not so much as for pixel level D&B. More to emphasize even more the shadouws and highlights.

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EXTRA SMOKE/FOG

To create an even more dreamy image we tried to create a smoke and fog effect as seen in the layer pallet.

HAIR

For the hair we used hair from an other image from her, to cover up the parts that could not be visible in this image.

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EXTRA DETAILS/TEXTURE

For the extra details in the image we used the plugin from Nik software, namely Detail Extractor, we used it a few times to create the effect on the walls and in the dress.

SHARPEN

In the end we did an overal sharpening of the image to make sure on the web it was sharp and not blurry (keeping the compression from facebook in mind)

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Got Questions, please let me know!

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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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Shooting Day

As you al know, or should know, on March 23th we had our first shooting day! Concept of this day: We (Gunther Frans Photography) arrange a model, in this case Debra Vermeir.

We arrange a makeup artist, and during the day you are free to shoot whatever light setup you want.

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If you want hard light, soft light, you got questions, or you want to know something more about Photoshop and retouching, i'm here (Gunther Frans) to help you out with every detail of the shoot. As a result of this the people from Double Trouble Studios made a behind the scenes movie from this day so that people who are interested get a view on how we work during these kind of days.

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And some results after retouching the shots.

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If you got any feedback about this please feel free to let us know!

If you are interested in more of these days go check out my Workshops page That's it for today! Catch you later!

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On Top Of Topless Art

Hello everyone, I know it has been a while since i've posted another blogpost, but let me tell you why, busy busy.... Yesterday, so 24th of February we had the workshop 'On Top Of Topless Art' and as suspected it was sold out pretty fast!

Below I will provide you with some behind the scenes shots, made with a fisheye 10,5mm f2.8 to give you an idea how it works during a workshop.

Also in two weeks time there should be following a behind the scenes movie on my blog.

My view outside my studio yesterday

Outside my studio

And the second setup of the day!

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And another setup we did during the workshop!

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And off course a portret with the fish eye from one of the students Luc Grobben ;)

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