Easy Peasy Portrait - Heidi Fahrenbach !
Really! When a photographer has the opportunity to photography an extremely beautiful professional model, it really is easy to come away with some very nice results. Such was the case with shooting Heidi Fahrenbach. Setup:
This image was shot against a black wall and a dark floor. Two 10" x 32" strip boxes with White Lightning 1600 strobes were placed left and right for side lighting. The main light was an 86" silver umbrella with a diffusion cloth over the front, powered by an Alienbee 800 strobe, centered in front of the model. This large umbrella was elevated about 5' and angled downward slightly. The photographer stood in front of this umbrella to take the images.
Lights were adjusted so overall brightness was f8 at 100 ISO and 1/125 of a second. Image Processing:
Initial editing was done in Lightroom and then brought into Photoshop for most of the editing. Lastly, image was brought back into Lightroom to add a little vignetting and add minor adjustments to shadows, blacks, contrast and exposure.
When this series of image was shot, a test shot was done with the SpyderCheckr 24. This test image was process to set the white balance, white level and black level. A preset was made of this test image and applied in Lightroom to this images. Then the image was taken into Photoshop.
All editing was done non destructively on separate layers so that changes could easily be made later on. Minor skin blemishes and flyaway hairs were first edited using mainly the healing brush tool. Dodge and burn was done next on its separate layer filled with 50% gray. Skin painting on its own layer was done with a soft brush at very low flow and 1% opacity. Color samples were taken and then painted on various sections of the skin. This was done mainly to even out skin coloration and makeup.
Final Photoshop tweaking was done by adjustment layers of curves, levels, selective color, hue/saturation and brightness/contrast. On adjusting the color, generally I am slightly desaturating the red, yellow and magenta. Sharping was done by a stamp layer to which the unsharp filter was applied with a noise level of 1.
Lastly, minor adjustments in Lightroom as described in the first paragraph of Image Processing were made.Credits:
Model: Makeup; Wardrobe: Heidi Farenbach - http://www.heidifahrenbach.com/
Lighting: Don McDowell
Photographer: +Paul Johnston#model #modelshoot #fashion #fashion #glamour #fashionphotography