Sunday, March 30, 2014

Behind the Scenes | Photoshop Breakdown [AIR]

*Click if you haven't seen [A I R] or [W A T E R] yet*

Somewhere along the way, we thought that tossing flour in the air would be a fantastic idea for this one (and we still might do that one day) -- but this one would've been an obese nightmare had we done that.

Reason being, there wasn't a completely solid background for me to drop off, so in post, it would be near impossible to isolate.  At least with my present shkillz.  This one actually took much longer than the [WATER] one -- lol, to spare you, the video doesn't show how much refining, sitting, and staring I did.   Mondo more attention to refining edges and details.

I've come to the conclusion that with much chaos comes more leeway, but in a cleaner design -- oofa.

So it's good we just went with Aimee's umbrellas :)  She's gotten her blog post up so totally check out her take on the day!  

To test this, we had to get in front of the most plain background we could find (to make things easier in post).  In this case, it was the hallway.  Jonathan (who also has his photos up from the day), was kind enough to rock the test-shot.  Look at that form.

Got la modelas in, and we were off.

Yup, Rachel's hanging onto Gloria -- originally that's how the finished product was supposed to be, but once I got into post, I couldn't get the spacing to look right.  

"Soooo I pulled what I call a "PCO" (Professional Cop-Out) 
and just had them apart :-D"

Earlier, Logan's fearlessness got me venturing outside (He got a good cover of the events too, if you wanna see).  There was some pretty awesome space right next to the house that I decided to use for this one.  Originally they were supposed to be going off the roof of a house, but this just looked so awesome.

And without further ado: 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Photo Manipulation | Elements [AIR]

I know it rolls off the tongue easier to say "Wind" -- Earth, Wind, Fire, etc. but the more I looked on sites, it said "air" which I suppose makes a little more sense.

Still, I knew regardless that I wanted them to be airborne in a cleaner design.  There were some plans that we didn't end up going with, like feathers and flour but in hindsight, I'm elated that we didn't.  More on that in the Behind the Scenes.

Welcome to the second Element.

[ A I R ]

The Models:  Rachel Carithers, Gloria Dortch
The Stuff:  Canon 5D Mkiii, Canon 580 EXii Speedlite, Westcott Rapidbox w/ beauty dish reflector plate, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
The Partners in Crime:  Aimee Burchard, Nathan DeWild, Logan Foll, Matt Hadley, Jonathan Morua, Ricky Oliveras, Brandan Roberts

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Behind the Scenes | Photoshop breakdown [WATER]

I know you wanna get to the BTS, so I'll do the main writing in Tarzan-speak, with photographer/more nitty-gritty-deets in the captions (including links to the other photogs--keep checking back on them for their take on the day).  

If you really wanna skip stuff and see how it was done, the Photoshop breakdown is at the bottom, ready GO. 

#1 - Creepy house.

(Photo Cred: Logan Foll)
Location thanks to Jonathan Morua -- big into urban exploration, he scored this location on a walk one day. Hollaa. 
(PC: Logan Foll)
Gloria exploring...  (PC: Logan Foll)

#2 - Models & Mayhem.

Gloria gets fitted with designer threads.  When in need of models, we test to see exactly how much those friends on Facebook actually DO like our posts,  lol.  Easy peasy.  The mayhem part comes from the freaking out that fellow photog and styler Aimee Burchard did the couple days before when this whole thing blew up.  Yay Good Will!  (PC: Logan Foll)

Rachel gettin' done up!  And yup, Aimee did wardrobe (pinning/sewing tablecloths into awesomeness), hair and makeup, as well as bringing some of the cool props you'll see later.  Woohoo!  (PC: Logan Foll)

"Sisters" for the day, Gloria and Rachel

#3 - Westcott Rapidbox. w/ beauty dish reflector plate.  Wanted to learn more, hence:

For photogs: This is basically a $175 collapsible octabank + $25 beauty dish reflector plate. Got it all in a kit here. (PC: Logan Foll)
Matt sets up the rig. You might recognize him from my other endeavors with strobes.  With the center reflector plate, even though it's shaped more like an octa, it throws light very similarly to the beauty dish.   I watched this review-vid of it being used in a fashion shoot before I bought it. I used the diffusion cover for this entire series.

 #4 - Shoot, bang!

This was about the time we were freaked out and rushing to get out of there; Aimee had her massive garden shears in hand just in case we needed to bludgeon an intruder with a blunt object...

For photogs:  Actually the last setup of the day and the first shot of it.  Sun had gone down not allowing for any ambient at all.  Would've preferred a little light popping them in the back from the window, but it was usable.
#5 - Click.  

Original post here:

(For those familiar with LightRoom, the preset I used at the end was one I made for a different photo way back -- involved saturation, cross processing, exposure, curves, and graduated filters.)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Photo Manipulation | Elements [WATER]

"Hello....?  Any crazy-murderer in here?"  -- This latest ShutterTrip has to be the creepiest and coolest I've ever been on.  

I happened to be in Chattanooga for a film festival this past weekend and wanted to expand my knowledge with a particular light modifier I'd just gotten (and had no clue how to use).

I put the word out on Facebook and before I knew it, a little ShutterMob formed and it turned into an elaborate styled concept shoot.  There were about ten of us, and we somehow ended up in an abandoned house armed with cameras and a couple friends wrapped in Good Will tablecloths.

Welcome to the first of the four elements.

[ W A T E R ]

The Models:  Rachel Carithers, Gloria Dortch
The Stuff:  Canon 5D Mkiii, Canon 580 EXii Speedlite, Westcott Rapidbox w/ beauty dish reflector plate, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
The Partners in Crime:  Aimee Burchard, Nathan DeWild, Logan Foll, Matt Hadley, Jonathan Morua, Ricky Oliveras, Brandan Roberts

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