May 08, 2013 • Leave a Comment
You will have seen a few different rugby shots over the past 6 months where my mate Andy was happy to do some posing for me. This composit is the last of the shots that I wanted to try and do something with.
Here is the original shot. I used a 3 light set up for this, a beauty dish at the front powered right down giving just a bit of light, and then two soft boxes at the sides which were the main lights giving a nice rim light on the arms, face and some of his back.
I wanted to do a background made up of clouds so used the following pic:
I put Andy into the background, tinkered a bit with the perspective and width of the clouds shot, added contrast and a bit of retouching to bring out the highlights and shadows and ended up with the following image which I thought looked pretty cool.
One of the presets I have in the photo editing software I use looks very similar to the colour effects used in the movie 300 so I figured I would see how close I could get to achieving similar with this shot. Here is the final version:
Thanks for checking in. I'll have another before and after to show here on the blog soon.
May 03, 2013 • Leave a Comment
I've been busy working on several personal projects recently, notably capturing different backgrounds that I am preparing for future compositing concepts I have in mind. I'll share results with before and afters once I finish them. In the meantime I wanted to say that I'm posting more and more shots, latest news and behind the scenes over at my facebook page aswell so be sure to check it out - http://www.facebook.com/StuartCosgravePhotography
Enjoy the bank holiday weekend! Next week I'll be posting a couple of before and after's for these latest portfolio additions......
April 14, 2013 • 1 Comment
I got together with Emily who is an up and coming make up artist to capture some shots for her portfolio.
The brief for this session was to capture some simple, close up well lit beauty shots. As always, I went through the process of prepping for the shoot, agreeing the type of shots we would aim for, different poses and lighting so we were nicely organised prior to the session.
In terms of lighting setup, I used a beauty dish with a diffuser and softbox for the evenly lit shots, and then a single soft box feathered to create shadows for the rest. Grey and Black backgrounds worked well for these so no need for a third light.
For the makeup shots, the objective was to show off Emily's skills, so whilst I retouched some for my portfolio, here are a few straight out of the camera with nothing applied other than color correction.
Here are a few that I retouched....
In terms of the post processing I applied some minimal retouching to the eyes, the skin and hair. The rest was just colour enhancement.
I need to give some credit to Emily aswell. In addition to applying the makeup and then modelling, she also spent time researching some poses and looks that she wanted to achieve, and it was Emily who found the image that we used to inspire the following shot. The original was more black and white than Porcelain, but I had a play around with some techniques and managed to get close to a Porcelain skin finish, without the lipstick looking to vibrant and making the image look like a selective colour shot which I'm not a huge fan of.
We spent a bit of time getting the pose right but it was worth it as this was my favourate from the shoot......
Be sure to check out Emily's blog.
If you are interested in building a portfolio or have a concept in mind feel free to get in touch.
Thanks for reading.
March 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Here are some shots from a fashion style shoot I did a couple of week's back of Phil who bought his Armani range with him.
Simple lighting for all of these, just a beauty dish without the diffuser, giving me a bit more of a contrasty light, and some fall off with good shadows to accentuate Phil's jawline. No rim lights this time as I wanted more shadows for a dramatic feel. I also enjoy working with one light and seeing what kind of results I can get.
After working the black background I wanted to switch to grey to add a different feel without quite so much drama to the image. Still using one light, simple clean looking portraits were what we were aiming for.
And as always, I wanted to have a play with some tonal effects and particularly liked this finish......
Thanks for reading. I'll be sharing some beauty shots next on the blog so keep any eye out....
March 14, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Few bits to cover in today's post so will get straight to it.
I've been playing with business card options for a while now and designed some new one's recently that just came through which I thought looked pretty cool. Let me know what you think?
I was also really pleased with how my Pro Footballer post card flyers came out when I collected them last week so thought I'd show them off - here is a phone shot of them stacked up yesterday. I was recommended to use Uniprintuk and I have to say, not only did they turn them around lightening quick for me, the quality of the cards are excellent. If you are in the Bournemouth area, be sure to check them out.
I'm constantly on the hunt for backgrounds as I continue to enjoy compositing and the possiblities shooting and processing in this way offers. Here is a before and after of a Sub Way background I shot in the last couple of weeks. I used it with another one of the Rugby shots I took a few months back. I'd tried a couple of different backgrounds but they just didn't work until this one, and I was pretty pleased with how the final image came out, so added it to my portfolio.
I've got some processing to get to asap for a couple of shoots I've done recently and will show results on the blog as soon as I'm done. One is for a fashion/model style shoot and another, a beauty shoot with an up and coming film make up artist. It's always tempting to get started on the processing as soon as all the images are imported, but I tend to wait till the following day, if not longer and go into selecting the keepers and then the processing phase with fresh eyes. I find this helps. In fact, when it comes to my composit work such as the Rugby shot above, I'm actually finding myself spreading it out over a much longer period of time. I worked on this at different times for over a week to get it just how I wanted it.
Anyway, thanks for reading, enjoy your weekends and keep any eye on the blog next week where I'll be showing some of the results.
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