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Etna October 05, 2014
Nice shot
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AlanJakarta December 14, 2014
Wonderful portrait. Congratulations on being Featured.
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chuckrickman December 14, 2014
Congratulations on being featured.
 
hotpixel December 14, 2014
Exquisite portrait, Leonard !! What a gorgeous Feature Photo !! Congratulations !!!
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tetvet December 14, 2014
beautiful
 
srimanta December 14, 2014
Congrats......excellent composition.... love it....:) Sri
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Masher December 14, 2014
Lovely shot, well done on being featured.
 
thomaszakowski December 14, 2014
totally awesome, congrats for being featured.
 
Capture-Life December 14, 2014
Just beayoutiful !! CONGRATS! 8)
 
abdulmagidalglidphotograph December 14, 2014
VERY GOOD PORTRAIT
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betsyarmour December 14, 2014
Beautiful subject and perfect lighting. Impressive!
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sweetpea72 December 14, 2014
Beautiful shot.. Congrats! ")
 
catini December 14, 2014
Great portrait! Love the composition and the light! Congrats on your feature!
 
asmararabi December 14, 2014
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
 
Rl1956 December 14, 2014
a real beauty, congrats on being featured
 
glennhart December 14, 2014
very nice...congratulations :)
 
crackedegg December 15, 2014
A huge thank you to all who shared the love! Keep shootin' my friends!
 
BrianpSlade December 16, 2014
Superb clarity in this exceptional portrait....Well done and congrats.....Brian
 
Sanmi December 17, 2014
Excellent work.
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AntonioBernardino January 21, 2015
great photo!
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GordonD January 25, 2015
Beautiful, congratulations :)
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DanushiaDee January 25, 2015
I want to be you when I grow up, lol. What I love about this photo is that, although I know it's posed, the model's pose and far away look is so natural!
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vojce February 19, 2015
fantastic portrait
 
emmanuelogar February 26, 2015
beautiful!
 
JAZZMAN8 March 05, 2015
Rich colours are wonderful. Great lighting!
 
Eowyn March 07, 2015
Very Nice
 
Pattyanne1 August 05, 2015
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Pattyanne1 August 05, 2015
This is superb love the colours and the pose too. x
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UnkleFrank October 21, 2015
Very well composed. Congratulations on a much deserved finalist award.
 
RulaFalih80 January 04, 2016
more than Beautiful lady and shot...

Alexa



Photo composite using Photoshop & Lightroom.
© 2014 Leonard Lopez
Photo composite using Photoshop & Lightroom.
© 2014 Leonard Lopez
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was actually taken inside of my studio in Colorado.
Time
It was morning/afternoon which really doesn't matter when you are working in a studio.
Lighting
When creating a composite I always try to use a somewhat even lighting that could work for a day or night scene. This was taken using two strobes pretty close to 45 degree angles against a white backdrop. The model was a few feet from the backdrop so it would go gray and make it easier to pull her from the image in post. The key light on the right is actually a very large 4' x 7' scrim that does a great job for lighting up the whole model. I used a 32 inch octobox on the left side shooting down from above to light up the umbrella a bit.
Equipment
I shot this using my Canon 6D with my 24-105 lens. No tripod. I don't like to shoot on a tripod unless absolutely necessary. It tends to slow down the spontaneity of the shoot.
Inspiration
I love to create composites so I am always working with various models. This model happened to fit into a top that was very small that I had wanted to shoot for a long time. I am always out picking garage sales, estate sales for outfits and props for my models and for my antique/vintage business. The two work very well together.
Editing
Yes. I love working in Photoshop. In fact my real job when I'm not shooting is teaching. I teach Photoshop for a college in California. This was one of my more simple composites as it only had the subject and the background to work on. I extracted the model from the original gray background image and put her against an image of cement that I added a graphic to. I usually touch up the lighting to top it off.
In my camera bag
I normally carry my 6D with the 24-105 and also carry my 100-400 lens as well. I have a Yongnuo flash and an ND filter and a circular polarizer for landscapes. Along with that I have a rain hood for my camera a poncho for me and a bunch of snacks should I get lost in the woods.
Feedback
Studio lighting takes practice and more practice, I still have much to learn. Because I do compositing I am always asked if I use a greenscreen. No. A greenscreen can be problematic depending on the models outfit. The green may spill onto the model which causes additional editing time. I find that white/gray or black work for me the best. If you are not sure what the composite will be ahead of time you will probably want a somewhat even lighting that will not dictate the time of day or the feel of the overall finished image. Shooting with models can be fun and challenging at the same time. You must be a people person. You will get the best out of your model when they are at ease and having fun with the shoot. Also make sure they feel valued and appreciated. Keep them hydrated and fed. Good conversation and a few laughs go a long way. Compositing can be challenging but it's good to challenge ourselves now and again. It's how we grow as artists. Happy Shooting!

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