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Grid Girl Roxy and a Vintage Charger

Grid Girl Roxy and a Vintage ChargerGrid Girl Roxy and a Vintage Charger

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.

 

 

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Pinup Model Miss Merlot in a Phone Booth

Pinup Model Miss Merlot in a Phone Booth
Pinup Model Miss Merlot in a Phone Booth

Pinup Model Miss Merlot in a Phone Booth

Remember Phone Booths? I barely do, but I do know that they once littered the landscape like wild herds of buffalo before they got replaced by cell phone and tablet computers. Small cramped, just enough room to sit up straight in, so when you find a vintage phone booth with a vintage phone, you know you have to try to cram someone in there and say “act sexy”. Miss Merlot did awesome in bringing a whole new definition to “act sexy for me” as a photographer. Seriously the booth is maybe 2 feet by 2 feet, and how she was able to get the hot sexy look is pretty awesome on her part. The problem with phone booths is that you have to come in close; otherwise you get a lot of wall and phone booth to go along with it.

If you are taking pictures in a small cramped space you have little to no choice but to come in close, or there will be a lot of dead space in the picture that you will eventually crop out later. The back of the phone booth is reflective so if you are using continuous lighting you want a soft box, and you want to bring down the highlights in Lightroom or Photoshop. The cool part is that the background is a neutral grey so it will highlight the colors that the model is wearing. There is another set with Julliet that I will post later where she is wearing a white silk traditional Chinese costume in the same phone booth, reducing the highlights is what is going to make your pictures work.

 

 

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