This is another grid girl via Femme LTD here in Seattle. This one was done earlier in the morning without using a reflector and just a polarizer on the lens. Processed in Lightroom 4.4 from Adobe with the standard HDR settings (highlights -100, shadows +100, white and black balance according to taste, and clarity +60).
I like the way that these settings helped bring out the reflection in the cars, in some of the pictures I dropped the color channels to highlight the burnt orange color of the car and the highlights in Roxy’s hair which matched out the color of the car fairly well. In others I took them as is right off the camera without any Lightroom trickery. Sometimes you can over do the Lightroom settings by adding too much clarity to the picture. That really depends on your model, what I have learned is that the darker the skin tone the more clarity you can add to a picture if HDR is your thing. For people with really pale skin, like a red head or someone who is very white, you really can’t use a lot of clarity because it brings out interesting bruising colors in their legs or a lot of veins that are time consuming to pull out using the healing brush in Photoshop. Tradeoffs are everywhere, you need to figure out what suits your artistic vision against what the manipulation looks like in Photoshop or Lightroom.
There are always problems with light shooting on an overcast day, so having a reflector is a good idea. I used the white side of the reflector for this one thinking that the gold side would impart too much color to the skin tones all the way through the process. My thinking looks like it was right in this instance with this model and the light conditions for the photo shooting time I had with her. Roxy is a pretty cool person to work with and she is a lot of fun in front of the camera. Overall I am pretty happy with how these all came out so as always looking for your opinion on the matter just to see if I was wrong or right with my assumptions and what I did post photo shoot with the images.
These pictures were shot using a Nikon D5100, a Nikor 18-105 lens with a 64MM Polarizer on the lens. I used a standard 42 inch reflector with the white side reflecting light onto the model. The light room settings were standard HDR settings (see above for the numbers) and pushed out at 300 DPI from the export.
Nothing better than a vintage Charger and Rebel. Rebel is almost a Seattle institution in her own way, she runs her own modeling support group called Femme LTD, and she has some of the most fun photo shoots in the Seattle area. You rarely run into a dick photographer, and when you do, you can usually just confront them on the spot and they pretty much so shut up. Rebel is that important to the modeling photography scene, people tend to behave themselves when she is throwing a photo shoot. On average she does this about every 40 days, so if you are in Seattle, make sure to check out the group and see if you can get into the picture taking process.
These pictures were modified in light room 4.4, and used a lot of HDR settings to set these up, that means highlights off, shadows set to 100%, whites down to about 40% and blacks up to about 60% with the clarity setting up all the way to 100% to offset the race track and bring out the shadows in the car. I used a polarizer on the 18-105MM Nikor Lens to also help cut down on the variable lighting. And then finally used a gold reflector in the background to bring out what little sunlight I could bring out on the day. It was really overcast, so anything you could do to bring out a little more natural light was going to be a benefit to the photographer. I shot at 200 ASA, with aperture priority on a D5100. In all the more stuff you can do in the camera the less you have to do in post processing. I seriously thought about bringing in the Vibrancy settings in the camera, but after a couple of test shots the colors were far too overblown to get the mood that I was looking for out of this photo shoot.
All the pictures were taken at Evergreen Speedway.
I really went into this photo shoot looking to do something beyond the hot sexy model and a hot vintage car. I think I captured more of what I was looking for, adding an artistic and harsh flair to the whole process. Most of the modeling photography is so over done in Photoshop that you really don’t know what you are looking at, but you know it is not real. No Photoshop on this set, just the camera, and setting Lightroom to the standard HDR settings that you can use. There is a huge difference between going for glamour, and going for a more harsh realistic part of being a Grid Girl on the circuit. I think I captured what I was looking to do fairly well.
Sometimes you just hit it right on all the numbers, and a good friend of mine over at Femme Photo LTD was doing a race track shoot over at Evergreen Speedway. Femme Photo LTD is one of the cooler groups to work with for both learning models and learning photographers. It gives everyone a good chance to learn, grow, and get better at what we are wanting to do with our lives. If you are in the Seattle area, you really should check them out.
I was working with Model Madison along with one of my favorite photographers Chris for one segment of the photo shoot. Chris is great for posing people, which is one of my hardest things to do with a model. While Chris ran the poses, I was able to ride side saddle with him and get some amazing shots of Madison as a Grid Girl. Yes this is a black SS and a black bikini, along with some amazing clouds off in the distance, which reminds me of the idea that there is a storm coming. The way the model is posed and the framing of the clouds, the car, and the rest of it just adds to the idea that yes indeed there is a storm coming. Riding a SS, and dressed to kill.
This shot was done in natural light, with the camera set to 100 ASA, Aperture Priority on my Nikon D5100. We were also using a reflector using the Gold side to help capture what little sun there was involved with the photo shoot. It was nice to see the highlights show up by using natural light and adding some extra color to the skin tones by using the gold reflector. I have one of those 5 in 1 42 inch reflectors that works wonderfully in light where it is variable, and I want to add color, or just add neutral light by using the white side.
Overall I think this set turned out really nicely, and displays some attitude to go along with what we were trying to do. I learned a lot along the way especially with lighting and how to manage getting the expressions that you really do want to get while posing someone. I think that for beginning and even intermediate model photographers, posing ends up being one of the hardest things to do. We generally don’t like to “boss someone around”, but to get the shot you want, sometimes you have to, and when you do you might just end up with something very cool.