Saturday, April 2, 2011

Final Photos and Tips from Photoshop World

As usual, Photoshop World was awesome. Awesome classes. Awesome instructors. Awesome after-hour parties.

Here are a few shots that I took on the last day of the event in the Westcott shooting booth. All photos were taken with my Canon 5D Mark II and favorite Canon lens: 24-105mm IS lens.

Our model: Rebekah Corey. If you would like to get in touch with her, shoot me an email. 

Above: Use plug-ins to create a mood. Here, and on most of the images in this post, I applied Topaz Adjust's Spicify filter then reduced the detail in the image with the Details sliders. I used this effect to remove some of the reality of the scene for a more impressionist/painterly-type image.

Above (Photo by Michael McCaskey): Get to know the model before a photo session. Remember that a model often needs direction. Work with a model to get the shots you both like.

Above: Here's a behind-the-scenes shot of my favorite set-up at Westcott's main shooting area. We were using Spiderlites in softboxes. Spiderlites offer continuous, daylight balanced light, which makes it easy to see shadows and highlights - and to get good color in your photographs. (In my previous post from PSW, I used a Canon 580 EX II Speedlite in an Apollo softbox.)

As you can see, we used a three-light/softbox set-up and a reflector placed on the floor to light the model. What looks like another light (in the middle of the two lights on the right) is actually another Spiderlite in a sofbox on another set at the booth.

Above: Speaking of giving the model direction, I suggested to our "Little Red Riding Hood" model that she look scared, which she did! 

Above: Work with shadows. Remember: Shadows can be your friend. Also, give the model direction as to what to do with her (or his) hands.

Above: Here's a basic lighting tip: The larger the light and the closer the light, the softer the light.

If you like stuff like this, shoot me an email to get on the list of my workshops and seminars. Also see my Seminars and Workshop pages of this blog.

Explore the light,

P.S. To learn more about creative plug-ins, click here.


William Beem said...

The model's name is Rebecca. I had a nice conversation with her during our time shooting. Not Becca or Becki or any other diminutive name - Rebecca.

Of course, now I'd be really embarrassed if she spells it with a "k" and I got it wrong, but nothing is ever perfect.

Very lovely model and a lot of fun to shoot with her.

Ernie E said...

Those TD6's are so sweet to use. And I really liked the class you did on Lighting both inside and out at PSW. Plus I shot that model you presented here on a couple times at the expo and she was a pleasure working with.

Keep up the great work!

Mohammed said...

thanks Rick for this nice report..
i have one comment regarding using Gold Reflector, as i understand FROM James Schmelzer videos in Kelby training that using the Gold Reflector only in outdoor photo with the sun. however for indoor we use either white or silver since the studio light is white ...

i need your comment please



Rick Sammon said...

Mohammed - Good eye. Someone at the shooting sessions suggested it... so we tried it. I agree that usually, silver is the way to go... but if you are looking for a very warm effect, go gold :-)

exinco said...

i'm about to buy dslr this month and i hope that i can learn something (skill)from this blog.

Mohammed said...

:-) thanks Rick for your comment

this what i expect. using Gold reflector will give a result of worm Skin tone, which is OK specially for the woman