If the lighting's not up to scratch you should see the lousy space I'm working in and the dodgy lights I'm using! But that's no excuse. I'm trying to improve my studio work. Feedback and ideas much appreciated.
Sometimes you really click with a model. I met Kathryn early this yearand we've done 5 shoots in about 3 months. We seem to bring good things out of each other. The same with Jesi. . . If you get a fantastic model who's on your wavelength, hang on to her!
Great pose and pic... would like to see the feet though.
I'm really seeing improvement in your studio pics. You know why. The skin color looks like skin color. There isn't that yellowish tone on the image. The colors are really matching the real thing ( even if i don't see the real thing I can still imagine it ).
The lighting seems to work better on this one (to me) the deep shadows along her back and her buttocks. Actually this shot and pose looks really good.
I think when one (the viewer) is swayed by a favourite model(s) beauty - not just the photo as an entirety, they cannot truly be as critical on the composition; particulary when you would like some advanced critque back on the photo.
Lighting is a tricky thing to pull off. It all depends on what you have available and what effects you are looking for. If you want to offset some of the darkness that is enveloping her, try having her stand on a piece of coloured foil. Gold foil reflects a softer, golden light that helps add more dimension to the model. With her skin tones, hair colour, and selection of outfit, I'd try an aqua (or green if she wants to call it that) foil card, maybe 24x36, which can be bought really inexpensively at most party stores. Maybe a red gel on the overhead spotlight to enhance her hair colour and you should be good.
Then again, working with her makes it hard to have a bad shot.
Gels are for spotlights. If you want to add colour to flashes, you'd need to get special liners for the insides of the umbrellas, but those depend on the light temperature of the bulbs you use and can be kinda pricey.
You can also use gels for modified fill lights by aiming the spotlight at a reflective surface.
Coloured plastic wrap around a garden lamp also works for a small boost of colour, but only for a short while.
I personally think you've done really well with this series. I love the black background--not only does it accentuate her form (positioning of the hips, curvature of the spine, etc.), but it really brings out the color and contrast of the lingerie and her skin. Well done! As for the lighting not being perfect, it may be that you just need different equipment to bring out the effect you're looking for (if this isn't it). I would suppose that shooting in an enclose environment--even if it's not blacked out like this--would eliminate a lot of the random variables that you encounter in out door settings. Great photograph!
Not really. The discount was actually one of their main draws for new staff... With the bitches that worked there and the 240% staff turnover rate and the assholes in the top jobs... They NEEDED to have an incentive scheme like that to get people to stay for more than five minutes!
I step away for a few minutes and what do you do...put more Kattys up. Thanks.
One suggestion, but this may just be a personal preference. I would have done this without the bra. Katty looks great in this color, and its a great contrast to the darks, but the loose straps are a distraction to me. Also, if you're gonna tease the viewer, make it a big tease.