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Joshua-Cullen August 21, 2015
Great lighting!
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BrunoHeeb August 25, 2015
amazing shot ,love your style
 
jballingphoto September 30, 2015
Reminds me of American Horror Story. love it!
 
aprillebernard October 04, 2015
Reminds me of some of Robert Mapplethorpe's work..Beautiful balance of light and shadow
 
vitaminbea October 06, 2015
The lighting is perfect. Interesting composition which tells you a story. Well done.
 
didar_chy May 15
lighting is good
 
tauqeer May 16
Great
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Pidge815 May 21
Exquisite!

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This is one photo from my "Perfectly Imperfect" photo series.


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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in my colleges studio which is located in Pittsburgh. At the time I captured this photo I was a junior college student working toward my BA in media arts, photography, graphic design and web design.
Time
This photo I really love! I planned to have a model around 6:00 pm on a Friday night but my school won the one round of the NCAA basketball championship so they went to North Carolina that Friday where my model is always at the games since he was a radio broadcaster. Therefore, in that time frame I decided to continue shooting for my Human Form series "Perfectly Imperfect" instead not using my booked time. I was in the studio from 6:00 pm to around 8:00 pm trying to perfect my images but I put a sign on the outside door before I started to shoot saying 'Photo shoot in session please knock'.
Lighting
Lighting is a key factor in this portrait because I needed to get the body shape, curves and texture of the human form. No matter what I photograph, I always do research on lighting for each shoot. Also, be creative and play with your lighting, just moving one light a little bit can change the feel and mood of the photograph.
Equipment
This photograph was taken with my Nikon D3100 camera with the 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Nikkor lens. I had it on a heavy duty tripod and only used a two light set up which connected to a power pack. AS-15 Sync Terminal Adapter to connect to the hot shoe of my camera with the sync cord attach to it to go from my camera to the powerpack.
Inspiration
I was doing a photo series called "Perfectly Imperfect" for my Advanced Digital Photography course last semester (spring 2015). I was working on the human form to show that everyone has a beautiful and unique body. Each persons body is special and they should not feel ashamed of it. Therefore, this photograph is a self portrait of me. Since I am thin I wanted to show my body for what it is and accept it. I did 20+ more photos for the series having all different shape and size models to capture their beauty too. This one was by far a 'workout' as I kept running back to the camera after each shot to look at the picture and to press the shutter button for the timer to start. I would then run back and get into a position I wanted to try and do it all over again. (My remote release did not reach to where I was since it had to be plugged into my camera)
Editing
This particular image was only turned into black and white in Photoshop and that was it!
In my camera bag
I always have my Nikon D310 and my two lenses AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and the 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Nikkor lens. Then I have an extra charged battery, the battery charger, extra SD cards and a cleaning kit. I also have Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Release Cord and a Nikon AS-15 Sync Terminal Adapter where I connect it to the hot shoe when I am in the studio and from there I have a sync cord that connects from the adapter to the powerpack. I also have a plastic bag just in case it rains.
Feedback
Always play with lighting in for human form photographs. Human form photos also look more interesting in black and white and don't be afraid to get in front of the camera to capture your uniqueness and beauty too. Always stay positive and try new things and also do not rush. Rushing will be a pitfall to your photographs. Now with having models being nude or partially nude please always remember to connect with them tell them their body is beautiful and have a simple conversation so they feel comfortable while you are photographing them. If they have tattoos show them yours. If they say they have a scar say it makes you unique and you 'you'! Play music! It makes the model more relaxed and comfortable while they sing along to the tunes. Lastly, do not be afraid to ask others who you think won't model for you, you are wrong. I was surprised at how many friends at college offered to help me since I was only stuck on the campus do to not having transportation.

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