Post has shared content
Catalog Beauty !

Model Lisi graced the studio for a catalog style shoot.

I first shot with Lisi in January 2006 in the median strip between lanes of Interstate Highway 35.  A strong wind provided a good photographic effect of blowing her hair and dress.  Truckers would blow their horns and holler as they past.  

Since then, we have shot together a number of times.  The last time was a few years ago for the +Mosheim Mansion in Sequin, Texas to promote the new owners beginning to remodel the mansion into a bed and breakfast and wedding venue.  See - https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/mosheim%20mansion.

Lisi has appeared in a number of commercial shoots.  A really fun one was for Magnolia Pearl, an eclectic clothing artist.  Lisi appears thoughout this commercial titled "Serenade of the Winged Victrola"   See - http://youtu.be/Rgr3rklPuM4

Going from a mom to professional model, Lisi is now a physical therapist.

The above image was taken with 7 strobes - 2 large diffused umbrellas, front, left/right; 2 strip boxes left/right slightly behind and shooting toward model's back and side; 2 bare bulb strobes left/right pointing back to seamless paper background and flagged with black cine foil; 1 small overhead softbox on boom for hair light.  The background and overhead lights were set at about a 7/10th  stop brighter than the main two front lights.  The strip boxes were set about 1 stop of light less than the front lights.


Credits:
 
Model/Wardrobe:  Lisi
Makeup/Hair:  +priscila bustos
Studio Owner/Photographer's Assistant:  Monica Smith
+Juju Smith/ +jujufotofactory
Photographer:  Paul Johnston


#catalog   #fashion   #model   #modelshoot   #MosheimMansion   #glamour #magnoliapearl #austinnewsstory #newsstory #austin #austintexas

Photo

Post has attachment
the autumn leaves...
http://amelieberton.com
the colours of the forest at fall..
les feuilles mortes... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWfsp8kwJto
Photo

Post has attachment
Beauty Through A Lens !

No fancy equipment necessary for Model Brenda to capture a beauty portrait in our catalog style #fashion shoot.  The studio we were shooting in had a collection of vintage film cameras that we took the opportunity to use as props.  Shown here is an Argus C3 range finder camera (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argus_C3) looking into two beautiful blue eyes.  The Argus C3, known as "The Brick", with all of its knobs, gears and dials, fits right in with today's steam-punk fad.   

Lighting

Lighting was achieved with 5 studio stobes.  Two stobes, one on each side of the white seamless background,  using silver umbrellas were pointed toward the background paper.  One hair light strobe with 24" x 36" soft box and grid was over the head of the model.  Two front stobes, left and right of model, were shooting into 86" silver umbrellas with white diffuser socks and pointed at model.

The combined two background strobes and the overhead strobes were set at one f-stop brighter than combined output of the two front stobes.

Image Processing

White balance was achieved in Lightroom with a studio test shot with a WhiBal card.  A color preset was applied using outside test shots with the SpyderCheckr24 color test strip.

In shooting this image, I managed to shoot outside of the white seamless paper on the right side.  To correct this, in Photoshop, I substituted a white background by extracting the model and placing her on a new layer with a layer mask.  Underneath this layer I added a white layer thus showing the model on white background.

 A new top layer was created healing brush was used to do some general touchup.  Next a new top layer was added and a healing brush set to "replace" was used to eliminate flyaway hairs.   A white mask was applied to this and a low opacity/flow black brush was used to paint around the flyaway area to bring back some of the fine hair around the edges so the transition is more gradual and looking less cut out.

Next a non destructive dodge/burn layer added followed by adjustment layers to taste of selective color, hue saturation and brightness/contrast.

A stamp layer was created and an unsharp mask plus noise was added.  

Thank You

A big thank you to all involved in this 14 hour shoot!  Without all the assistance from those shown below and the three models, this shoot would not have been possible!

#fashion   #catalog   #shoes   #highheels   #glamour      #highendfashionbeautyretouching  #WhiBal #SpyderCheckr24     #ArgusC3


Credits:

Model: +Brenda Lysiane 

Makeup/Hair Artist:  +priscila bustos 

Photographer's Assistant:  Monica Smith - +Juju Smith 

Studio Owner:  Mary Pat Waldron

Photographer:  +Paul Johnston 
Photo

Post has attachment
It's Summertime !


Model +Miranda Waldron Curry    prepares herself for some fun in the sun by protecting her beautiful face with a large straw sun hat.

This shoot styled itself after a catalog fashion shoot with various outfits.

In Photoshop CC, I started by creating a pure white layer above the background layer, followed by duplicating the background layer above this white layer.  The extraction tool is used to extract Miranda with the output going on a new layer with a layer mask.  The effect of this layer is to place Miranda on a pure white background.  The background lighting did not produce a completely white background so the model was extracted and placed onto a pure white background required for this catalog work.

Next a small amount of work was done removing skin blemishes, stray hairs and small defects in the straw hat.  Generally this was done with the healing tool or cloning tool.  This blemish work was done on its own separate layer.

Non destructive lightening/darkening was done next on its own layer with a 50% gray fill on soft light blending mode.  The light/dark areas give you the key as to were to generally intensify the shadows or to lighten up areas.  I generally also darken eye brows/lashes, the black outline around the iris and the outline around the lips and the opening of the mouth.  Lightening is done on the bottom half of the irises, the whites of the eyes and the main body of the lips.  A soft white/black brush at about 3% opacity is painted onto this layer to lighten or darken.

I created another layer that I lightly painted over certain areas of the skin.  Generally, it was in the shadow area where there was uneven color or blotchy.  The area was sampled with an eyedropper and a decision was made as to whether to go with that color or something slightly lighter or darker.  A soft brush was used at about 1% opacity.  The intent is just to smooth out the coloring slightly to give a smooth appearance.

In this particular images I added a final lightening/darkening layer to make the last touches on this image.  The goal is to have the viewer's attention drawn to the model's face.

Final tweaking of all layers was done by adding selective adjustment and hue/saturation layers.

Final sharpening and a small amount of noise was added to a "stamp" layer.

The  image was taken with 7 strobes - 2 large diffused umbrellas, front, left/right; 2 strip boxes left/right slightly behind and shooting toward model's back and side; 2 bare bulb strobes left/right pointing back to seamless paper background and flagged with black cine foil; 1 small overhead softbox on boom for hair light.  The background and overhead lights were set at about a 7/10th  stop brighter than the main two front lights.  The strip boxes were set about 1 stop of light less than the front lights.

Credits:

Model/Wardrobe:  +Miranda Waldron Curry
Makeup/Hair:  +priscila bustos
Studio Owner/Photographer's Assistant:  Monica Smith
+Juju Smith   / +jujufotofactory
Photographer:  +Paul Johnston

#catalog       #fashion   #beauty   #model     #modelshoot    
Photo

Post has attachment
Casimir Dreams

What exits between reality, the awaken state, and the spirit world is a state of suspended animation; a levitational state where the reality of being is repelled by the everyday world and attracted by the dream spirit world resulting in the soul being suspended between the two.

Model +Seraphina Song  and an evening of photography made it possible for Casimir Dreams to come true.  At a younger age, Seraphina was an international fashion model.  Now, after her daily professional responsibilities are done, she likes to model for the creation of art and do artistic photography herself.

This creation was a group effort.  Monica Smith (+Juju Smith ) wanted to do a shoot based on a fine art concept of levitation.  The inspiration for this came from the work of +Brooke Shaden    The result of which ended up of an evening of Seraphina being placed in several scenarios of falling, floating and posing in fine art fashion while a fog machine was turned on and off.

This image can be divided into 4 individual elements:

1.  The "reality" state where model is seated on a table covered in black fabric.  Lighting was done with a large umbrella with diffusion sock, upper left of camera and one grided strobe, back right, pointing toward model's ankle area.  Model/table was extracted with quick selection tool in Photoshop and placed into background layer.  No adjustments were made to original image initially.  Upon final tweaking, a clipping layer was added with 50% gray fill so that non destructive dodging/burning could be done to the reality state.

2.  Lighting for the "levitation" state is the same as #1 above while model is laying on the same table covered in black fabric.  Model was extracted and placed into background as in #1.  No adjustments were made to original image initially.  Upon final tweaking, a clipping layer was added with 50% gray fill so that non destructive dodging/burning could be done to the levitation state.  Opacity was lowered to 80%.

Because of the back lighting, a very bright spot of light (lens flare) appeared above her right leg.  This bright area was left in during the extraction process.  Because of this bright area overexposing part of her left leg, the background was going to have to be adjusted to take this into account.

3.  The original background layer was created by filling a layer with black and compositing various elements onto it.  The background was my temporary work space while creating.  I doubled the largest dimension of one image and created a square background, then, added the various elements onto it and did a final crop at end after I made a stamp layer and sharpened.  Because I did not scale any extracted element, the file size of the composite reached a little over 2 GB for the PSB file.  Upon removing non needed working layers and cropping, the file size came down so it could be saved in PSD format.  Eventually, this file was scaled down to web size/quality in JPEG format.

I used Render-Lens Flare- 50 mm to 300 mm zoom at 100% brightness to fill the background and provide a believable reason as to why the levitating model had a bright lens flare in the lower part of her left leg.  The way the lens flare worked out tied the sitting model to the floating model.  After the image was completed, I went back and added clouds by taking a cloud image, turning it to grey scale and then added it to a layer using Lighten blending mode.  A white reveal mask was added and a black brush was used on the mask to paint away the clouds that were obscuring the three models. 

4.  Prior to the clouds being added, the "spirit" (angel) state was added in the center.  The model stood about 2.5 feet off the ground on a 6 foot ladder.  Around her waist was wrapped an ornate red fabric that came all the way down to the floor and spread out in a circle about 1 foot around her imaginary feet.  Bamboo foliage cut from around nearby railroad tacks were given for the model to hold in each hand with her arms crossed across her chest.  The model's face was now about 8 feet from ground level.

A large soft box was off to camera left and elevated to illuminate left side and face of model.  A large strip box was off to camera right and elevated to illuminate the models left side.  A small strip box, at camera right, horizontally oriented, was elevated to height of model's face to illuminate her face.  Behind the model to camera right was a grided strobe pointing to the back of the model to illuminate her hair and bamboo foliage.

Model was extracted with quick selection tool in Photoshop with a new layer and layer mask and placed into background layer. The quick selection tool did not work well on the bamboo foliage so I painted on the layer mask with a white brush to reveal the foliage and original black background around the foliage area.  A blend mode of Screen was applied to this layer causing the black background area around the foliage to drop out.  The Screen blend mode caused the model to become very transparent which works well for implying a spiritual state.

Finally the spirit was distorted by using Transform warp mode.  Basically the model was stretched and curved to the left as if the spirit was looking at the levitation state. 


Final Tweaks:  Adjustment Layers

Selective Color:  white, neutral and black were adjusted.

Curves:  On the black end, Input 1; Output 8 : On the white end, Input 255; Output 245 / slight gentle downward bend of overall curve.

Hue/Saturation:  Saturation -4

Brightness/Contrast:  Brightness -12; Contrast 29



Lastly - Stamp layer, Unsharp 100, Noise 1 and Crop


Credits:

Model:  +Seraphina Song 

Makeup:  +Seraphina Song 

Event Organizer: +Juju Smith 

Photo Studio:  +jujufotofactory 

Photographer:  +Paul Johnston 

Inspiration:  +Brooke Shaden 

#levitation   #fineart   #model   #modelshoot   #imagination   #fantasy  
Photo

Post has attachment
Be Mine Valentine !  Happy Valentine's Day !

Credit:

Model Taylor

Makeup and Hair, Alicia Guevara

#valentinesday #model #modelshoot #glamour
Photo

Post has attachment
my latest work
Photo

Post has attachment
These was my other photo I was considering.  But I really wanted to Challenge myself.
Photo

Post has attachment
I did not plan my time well. Not loving the image..Pool was freezing & my model was not healthy. NEXT time I will plan my time better But here is the image...Ice Queen, I do plan on re shooting the theme
Photo

Post has attachment
I have been VERY into underwater photography & for my #styleitdecemberchallengeprocess   I made this ice queen crown. The plan is to photography a women underwater, add some texture...and make it way awesome! Hopefully it will make the cut & fit the challenge.
I also attached a photograph from the day of the dead theme to show a sample.
Photo
Photo
2013-12-12
2 Photos - View album
Wait while more posts are being loaded