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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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Guardians - BTS Movie

A few months back we did an editorial shoot with Owls and eagles. Below i've received the movie from this shooting.

Because we are still working on getting the images published, I can only show you a behind the scenes movie to give you an impression on how we work on these 'Big' shoots.

Two models, two makeup artists, hairstylist, stylist, photographer, two assistants, one person filming and not to forget the people from the birds.

It was a long day of shooting from 13.00 until 23.00 but is was well worth it!

 

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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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High Fashion Workshop

Hello Everyone A while ago, after a lot of people convinced me to start giving workshops I finally decided to make the jump and start doing so. So that's the reason for this new blogpost.

 

A few months before all of this started a Hungarian Playmate got in contact with me, and decided to come to Belgium, because she wanted to do a shooting with me, with the idea she needed more images for her new website. We did the shooting, the images were awesome, we created a high contrasty, dark, edgy kinda atmosphere in the images.

She went back to Hungary and later on, a new Playmate contacted me because she totally loved my style of images, and my style of shooting. So after some long back and forward chatting trough facebook, we decided it was time to let her come to Belgium, and immediately we did a workshop with her.

Now after two workshops we already did, here is a graphic overview from the last workshop we had, the High Fashion Workshop.

Big thanks goes out to Filip Bunkens (www.pitslamp.com) for assisting me during the workshop and taking some Behind The Scenes Shots! Also a big thanks to the model of the day Tunde Fekete, our makeup artist Violette Oxa, and Michael Wauman, who was in charge of the styling.

Soon there will be a new update coming up with the results of that day. 

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