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Herman Surkis

Posts: 10856

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Needs regular bumping, or better still pinning.

Amazing amount of information here.

Feb 16 14 07:30 pm Link

Photographer

Herman Surkis

Posts: 10856

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Time to give a little back.
Did not photograph the set up.
If I start to graph it, I will get bored and it will not happen, so I will just post the image and explain.
Disclaimer: I am one who is constantly nagging at people that they need to understand one (1) light before they do anything. This setup is 6 lights and a composite background.
The actual background is a long black cloth.

https://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/140118/08/52daabdac2281_m.jpg

Leaves are real and scattered on the backdrop and since some were still wet they stuck to the background and look like they are falling. There are also some real branches in the foreground on C-stands. A couple of stand legs were removed in post.

At the background are 2 gridded Einsteins with a blue and orange gel. These are pointed foreword to rim the subject and give a hint of coloured flare.

Also at the back is a hairlight, to separate the hat from the background and give a glow to the wig.

Just forward (towards camera), are 2 fog machines, one on each side. Rear lights are kicking through the fog.

Parallel to the subject are 2 4' softboxes, One on each side giving the main light on the subject.

Slightly behind the photographer is an 86" PLM fill.

After that is was simply a matter of getting the right look.

First step in post was cleaning up the fog, and fixing wrinkles in the fabric. Then tweaking contrasts etc.

After all that was done, a preselected forest background was added and blended in.

Lighting setup took awhile. Post likely took less time then it took me to type this.

Studio shot.
Friend complimented me (without realizing) by saying he thought I shot it outdoors in my backyard.

Feb 16 14 07:42 pm Link

Photographer

Digital Hands

Posts: 928

Milton, Ontario, Canada

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Feb 21 14 04:45 pm Link

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Camerosity

Posts: 5805

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

https://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/140220/01/5305ceb717d0d.jpg

4x6-foot softbox about 5 feet in front of the model (perpendicular to the background wall, parallel to the wall at the left). Bottom of the softbox was about 1 foot above the floor.

Feb 23 14 05:51 am Link

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Herman Surkis

Posts: 10856

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Mar 01 14 05:30 pm Link

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Benjamin Lambert

Posts: 1734

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, US

Camerosity wrote:
https://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/140220/01/5305ceb717d0d.jpg

4x6-foot softbox about 5 feet in front of the model (perpendicular to the background wall, parallel to the wall at the left). Bottom of the softbox was about 1 foot above the floor.

Love shooting berry. great job

Mar 01 14 07:10 pm Link

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Herman Surkis

Posts: 10856

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Mar 08 14 12:50 am Link

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petergau

Posts: 3

Göteborg, Västra Götaland, Sweden

Don't die!


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May 18 14 03:44 pm Link

Photographer

365 Digitals Exposed

Posts: 807

Perris, California, US

it will not die, unless people keep posting Pictures, to show off, instead  of posting the real set up instead of writing a book how they did it.  stop posting dolls and fake diagrams, and post real People and real set ups,,, we all wanna see how you did it a real picture and not to read how you did it. in a long post full of letters.

May 18 14 09:13 pm Link

Photographer

pellepiano

Posts: 2312

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

Low budget light to compete with sunlight.  A Sigma Flash RF 500 Super and a transparent umbrella.
I had camera on tripod, framing just the model. Took one shot where I stood very close to her with the flash just 50 cm from her head. Took another shot with flash close to her legs, and then I took 20 other shots of the surroundings and made a panorama of it i all i Photoshop. So my 85 mm lens on a 5d II, suddenly went to 25mm or something like that smile

https://www.lutzimages.com/thread_images/anna_e_2014/20_exp_flash_bw_pano_crop_800.jpg

May 19 14 01:06 am Link

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Jose Deida

Posts: 1293

Reading, Pennsylvania, US

pellepiano wrote:
Low budget light to compete with sunlight.  A Sigma Flash RF 500 Super and a transparent umbrella.
I had camera on tripod, framing just the model. Took one shot where I stood very close to her with the flash just 50 cm from her head. Took another shot with flash close to her legs, and then I took 20 other shots of the surroundings and made a panorama of it i all i Photoshop. So my 85 mm lens on a 5d II, suddenly went to 25mm or something like that smile

https://www.lutzimages.com/thread_images/anna_e_2014/20_exp_flash_bw_pano_crop_800.jpg

Fantastic use of the Brenizer method.

May 19 14 01:29 am Link

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Eric Costley

Posts: 144

Temple Hills, Maryland, US

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May 26 14 12:24 am Link

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Herman Surkis

Posts: 10856

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Jun 30 14 11:21 pm Link

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KOLMANS STUDIOS

Posts: 422

Lüderitz, Karas, Namibia

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Jul 04 14 12:55 pm Link

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NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 35726

Los Angeles, California, US

https://jfrancis.smugmug.com/photos/i-PcGtpHr/0/O/i-PcGtpHr.jpg

One softbox high and feathered straight down.

https://www.digitalartform.com/assets_c/2012/11/DollieDeVille-thumb-512x770-757.jpg

I pulled the setup away from the bus to darken it.

Jul 16 14 11:40 pm Link

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Herman Surkis

Posts: 10856

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

NothingIsRealButTheGirl wrote:
https://jfrancis.smugmug.com/photos/i-PcGtpHr/0/O/i-PcGtpHr.jpg

One softbox high and feathered straight down.

https://www.digitalartform.com/assets_c/2012/11/DollieDeVille-thumb-512x770-757.jpg

I pulled the setup away from the bus to darken it.

Cool. Has a nice old Hollywood feel to it. Which tended to be hugely complex or very simple lighting.

Jul 17 14 12:37 pm Link

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NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 35726

Los Angeles, California, US

Herman Surkis wrote:
Cool. Has a nice old Hollywood feel to it. Which tended to be hugely complex or very simple lighting.

I should add that the red was a single gelled speedlight. I was trying to add a sense of nearby taillights or store neon, but I didn't finesse it too much.

Jul 17 14 12:40 pm Link

Photographer

Matthew Allen MEDIA

Posts: 251

Atlanta, Georgia, US

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Oct 08 14 09:35 pm Link

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Noah Russell

Posts: 565

Seattle, Washington, US

Oct 09 14 07:37 am Link

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Bilge

Posts: 4

İstanbul, İstanbul, Turkey

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Nov 19 14 02:27 am Link

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RW Steele

Posts: 119

Raleigh, North Carolina, US

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Jan 06 15 06:08 pm Link

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Derek Yarra

Posts: 5

San Francisco, California, US

https://static.squarespace.com/static/523d3714e4b0f99c83edcd1c/t/54a1e05de4b038053ff0f8a5/1419894881312/?format=750w
https://static.squarespace.com/static/523d3714e4b0f99c83edcd1c/t/54a1f9cfe4b0bcb26c2ce70f/1419901392626/?format=750w
https://static.squarespace.com/static/523d3714e4b0f99c83edcd1c/t/54a1fabde4b0d0fb3255d15f/1419901630622/?format=750w

Full BTS post - www.derekyarra.com/blog

Jan 06 15 08:54 pm Link

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Noah Russell

Posts: 565

Seattle, Washington, US

Jan 07 15 12:41 am Link

Photographer

Arznix

Posts: 521

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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10 ways to use the same softbox

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48h9UReeCyE

Jan 17 15 11:41 pm Link

Photographer

Noah Russell

Posts: 565

Seattle, Washington, US

Jan 20 15 07:27 am Link

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NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 35726

Los Angeles, California, US

https://33.media.tumblr.com/4b2eb15dd7e1278cdb53f2634ab071c2/tumblr_nhqxr6TAWS1rsxqqio1_500.gif

Jan 20 15 02:13 pm Link

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Herman Surkis

Posts: 10856

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Jan 23 15 10:38 am Link

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Stroke Of Light

Posts: 552

Spokane, Washington, US

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Feb 17 15 11:09 am Link

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Gary Livingston

Posts: 3391

Los Angeles, California, US

Glad some of you aren't lazy and are taking the time to include your diagrams.  <3

Feb 17 15 11:48 am Link

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Stroke Of Light

Posts: 552

Spokane, Washington, US

i plan on updating this and adding some   low-key  images with set ups in next few days

Feb 17 15 02:21 pm Link

Photographer

Dallas J. Logan

Posts: 2185

Los Angeles, California, US

Here is a lighting set up that I use a lot. 

https://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg63/DALLASJLOGAN/Screen%20shot%202015-02-28%20at%202.30.05%20AM.png

Feb 27 15 11:36 pm Link

Photographer

Dallas J. Logan

Posts: 2185

Los Angeles, California, US

Here is a lighting set up I use a lot.  I hope you guys like it. 

https://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg63/DALLASJLOGAN/Screen%20shot%202015-02-28%20at%202.31.29%20AM.png

Feb 27 15 11:37 pm Link

Photographer

Dallas J. Logan

Posts: 2185

Los Angeles, California, US

Here is a lighting set up I use a lot.  I hope you like:

https://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg63/DALLASJLOGAN/Screen%20shot%202015-02-28%20at%202.30.49%20AM.png

Feb 27 15 11:37 pm Link

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Mister Sifuentes

Posts: 1078

San Antonio, Texas, US

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Mar 07 15 03:30 pm Link

Photographer

Mister Sifuentes

Posts: 1078

San Antonio, Texas, US

Herman Surkis wrote:
Time to give a little back.
Did not photograph the set up.
If I start to graph it, I will get bored and it will not happen, so I will just post the image and explain.
Disclaimer: I am one who is constantly nagging at people that they need to understand one (1) light before they do anything. This setup is 6 lights and a composite background.
The actual background is a long black cloth.

https://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/140118/08/52daabdac2281_m.jpg

Leaves are real and scattered on the backdrop and since some were still wet they stuck to the background and look like they are falling. There are also some real branches in the foreground on C-stands. A couple of stand legs were removed in post.

At the background are 2 gridded Einsteins with a blue and orange gel. These are pointed foreword to rim the subject and give a hint of coloured flare.

Also at the back is a hairlight, to separate the hat from the background and give a glow to the wig.

Just forward (towards camera), are 2 fog machines, one on each side. Rear lights are kicking through the fog.

Parallel to the subject are 2 4' softboxes, One on each side giving the main light on the subject.

Slightly behind the photographer is an 86" PLM fill.

After that is was simply a matter of getting the right look.

First step in post was cleaning up the fog, and fixing wrinkles in the fabric. Then tweaking contrasts etc.

After all that was done, a preselected forest background was added and blended in.

Lighting setup took awhile. Post likely took less time then it took me to type this.

Studio shot.
Friend complimented me (without realizing) by saying he thought I shot it outdoors in my backyard.

I think Drew Garder did a DVD series on this exact setup. He has a unique style in his lighting.

Mar 07 15 11:34 pm Link

Photographer

EyeCanShoot

Posts: 1198

Orlando, Florida, US

petergau wrote:
https://f.cl.ly/items/220X452L0R311d0H340d/2013-05---Lighting-Setup---Frida-K.jpg

Wow.... this is amazing

Mar 08 15 10:01 am Link

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Noah Russell

Posts: 565

Seattle, Washington, US

Mar 08 15 03:13 pm Link

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Noah Russell

Posts: 565

Seattle, Washington, US

Mar 08 15 03:31 pm Link

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Herman Surkis

Posts: 10856

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Mar 19 15 10:58 pm Link

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Noah Russell

Posts: 565

Seattle, Washington, US

Mar 20 15 10:02 pm Link