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mattjphotography

The Bookman



Taken while testing out my beauty dish and newest prop, an old book that cost me 50p :)

Taken while testing out my beauty dish and newest prop, an old book that cost me 50p :)
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JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots February 08, 2015
Great composition!
richarddownes
 
richarddownes February 11, 2015
great image!
ladasoukup
 
ladasoukup February 11, 2015
great toning, very nice portrait!
AddieStrozier PRO
 
AddieStrozier February 11, 2015
Absolutely amazing... looking forward to seeing your photos pop up on viewbug!! Welcome!!!
chris_barnes_726 PRO+
 
chris_barnes_726 February 11, 2015
Excellent editing, great shot!
danielmartin
 
danielmartin February 11, 2015
This is GREAT!!!! Welcome to Viewbug my friend and I really love work work!!! Bravo!!
olivitophoto
 
olivitophoto February 11, 2015
Bello scatto. Una foto molto cinematografica.
davepope PRO+
 
davepope February 11, 2015
Another outstanding portrait!
kevinsawyerphotography PRO
 
kevinsawyerphotography February 11, 2015
Very nicely done!
MikeHiggins PRO
 
MikeHiggins February 11, 2015
Great work. Welcome to View Bug.
ShutterSpeak PRO
 
ShutterSpeak February 11, 2015
Great concept. The high contrast really works well here.
Heathert73 PRO
 
Heathert73 February 11, 2015
This is SO awesome! I can't wait to see future work by you!!
Jo-AnnGallagher PRO+
 
Jo-AnnGallagher February 11, 2015
Love this shot.
CaroMailly PRO
 
CaroMailly February 11, 2015
I love this shot, it's realy great Welcome among us in ViewBug !
andrealevesquekosciusko
 
andrealevesquekosciusko February 11, 2015
I love your work ! Welcome to view bug :) Andrea
Dunner
 
Dunner February 11, 2015
I love LOVE your work! Every shot. You are an artist! This is tremendous composition!
joycelifsey PRO+
 
joycelifsey February 11, 2015
Great Image! Welcome to VB
SB PRO+
 
SB February 11, 2015
Es impresionante la elaboración de esta fotografía. Felicidades por un trabajo tan bueno.
sabatesphoto PRO+
 
sabatesphoto February 11, 2015
Wonderful portrait
mattjphotography
 
mattjphotography February 11, 2015
Thanks everyone for the kind words and the welcome messages to viewbug :)
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair February 11, 2015
Nice work!
Kristina_Krause PRO
 
Kristina_Krause February 11, 2015
What a terrific image! Beautiful lighting.....
AlexanderArntsen PRO
 
AlexanderArntsen February 11, 2015
Love this photo, well taken and nice post processing!
BrianMDoucette
 
BrianMDoucette February 11, 2015
Great job, welcome to viewbug, regards, B...
Chrissimpson01
 
Chrissimpson01 February 11, 2015
Super quality
MichaelJAlsup
 
MichaelJAlsup February 11, 2015
unique work, I can see that your work will be admired the world over, congrats on joining view bug
kathryncherry
 
kathryncherry February 11, 2015
beautiful creativity
ingridapril
 
ingridapril February 11, 2015
love it!
melissafarelli PRO
 
melissafarelli February 11, 2015
Story within a story...love the detail and tone
sarahallegra PRO+
 
sarahallegra February 11, 2015
Fabulous! Very cinematic; I can just imagine all the different stories that might fit with this character!
JoeS PRO
 
JoeS February 11, 2015
Fantastic shot! Welcome to VB!
SvetlanaKarakina PRO+
 
SvetlanaKarakina February 11, 2015
Fantastik!Welcome to Viewbug!
danny42 PRO
 
danny42 February 11, 2015
Outstanding image.
dstallin
 
dstallin February 11, 2015
Welcome to viewbug. Nice capture.
rodkonkin
 
rodkonkin February 11, 2015
I love the lighting, Great job!
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold February 11, 2015
Great idea!
tauniamaple Platinum
 
tauniamaple February 11, 2015
Love the image and the creativity!!!
inoenesia
 
inoenesia February 11, 2015
great portrait
Inspire4More
 
Inspire4More March 12, 2015
Awesome just love this you are so creative :)))
tinekeziemer
 
tinekeziemer March 14, 2015
Fantastical! I can't stop looking at it!
Thimbee
 
Thimbee March 23, 2015
Fantastic -nice work
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac March 23, 2015
Superb! congratulations!
josephinecaruana PRO
 
josephinecaruana March 23, 2015
Absolutely incredible image, love it.
melissafarelli PRO
 
melissafarelli March 24, 2015
Congratulations, Matt! :D
mattjphotography
mattjphotography March 24, 2015
Thanks :)
Christofa
 
Christofa April 06, 2015
Stunning portraiture, perfectly lit and dramatically exposed, your 50p buy as simple as it is adds so much to the scene. Technically and artistically wonderful. Bravo!
p_eileenbaltz
 
p_eileenbaltz May 11, 2015
Love it! Congratulations on your awards, and good luck.:)
danielatodescu
 
danielatodescu May 14, 2015
oh, that"s gorgeous ! :) I mean is like in the fairy tales, you can expect something magic to happen when read ! such a nice wibe in your work Sir! Thanks for sharing it! and SUCCESS FORWARD! A LOT!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 28, 2015
Congrats!
charlena Platinum
 
charlena August 13, 2015
This is amazing, fantastic lighting!
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter August 14, 2015
Super creative shot, Nice work. - Jake
spark1
 
spark1 August 06, 2016
Beautiful processing
annmor
 
annmor August 07, 2016
Absolutely great photo! Welcome to ViewBug. -:)
adavies PRO
 
adavies October 13, 2016
Great image...really well done! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Spooky-ooky challenge:)
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aleksanderrotner Premium
 
aleksanderrotner November 03, 2016
What a beautiful storytelling image. It's a movie, a theater, a dream composition
Mayden
 
Mayden September 04, 2017
Great shot.
jacobsurland
 
jacobsurland February 03, 2018
Amazing processing!
thierryvouillamoz
 
thierryvouillamoz February 20, 2018
Hello.
A challenge for you.
viewbug.com/challenge/a-personne-a-book-photo-by-thierryvouillamoz
ninanedelcheva
 
ninanedelcheva March 18, 2018
Perfect gallery
TracyDreyer
 
TracyDreyer November 15, 2019
Magnificent work
Oziephotographer
 
Oziephotographer February 01, 2020
Great image. Love it.
garylongstaff
 
garylongstaff February 04, 2020
love the tones
Imagecreator13 PRO+
 
Imagecreator13 February 06, 2020
Wonderful image.
teresarautio
 
teresarautio June 22, 2020
This is a masterpiece!
janerikengan Platinum
 
janerikengan June 25, 2020
A great great photo. Perfect👑👑👑
CPKphoto
 
CPKphoto July 06, 2020
magnifique
Seisselberg PRO
 
Seisselberg July 15, 2020
Very Nice! Like it!

Behind The Lens

Location
The photo of Bob was taken at my local camera club. My beauty dish had just arrived so I took it along to test out while setting the studio heads up. This way it gave everyone at the club a chance see the difference between the normal soft boxes that we use.
Time
It was taken between 7pm-9pm on a Friday night.
Lighting
I used a beauty dish at the front of the subject and a softbox to the side. The beauty dish is a sliver rather than white as I really like the contrast it gives, but just to tone it down placed a cap over the front. Pretty much a straight lighting setup other than that.
Equipment
2 x Elinchrom 400 d-lite heads, one with a beauty dish and the other used a softbox. Panasonic GH3 body & Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Inspiration
There were two things that inspired this shoot, one was a an old rather worn book that I managed to buy from the princely sum of 50p and the other was Bob’s outfit that he had started putting together.
Editing
The background I shot some time before, there are loads of forests and wooden areas where I live so it’s an easy background to find and shoot. I cut Bob out from the black backdrop and blended it the forest image. The colour was mostly from an adjustment layer, colour lookup using the Smokey option in device link.
In my camera bag
Shooting micro four thirds means you can fit a lot into a small-ish bag but still have a lot of choices at hand. I will take different equipment depending if I’m shooting landscapes or people, but as a rule I take my GH3 a 14-140mm, 100-300mm, 14-45mm, 45mm macro and a 7.5mm fish eye. This covers me for just about anything I need. For landscapes I’d grab my grads, a 10 stopper and a wireless remote, my main 3 lenses have screw in polarisers on all the time (I find this quicker than adding them to lenses whist out and about). If I’m shooting people speedlights, a battery pack and triggers are added to the bag.
Feedback
Take time over cutting out, it’s worth it in the long run. Think about the image, does it tell a story or make you think, images that do are more interesting and try to keep it simple, don't over complicate it.

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