MelanieShiraPhotography
MelanieShiraPhotography

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Contest Finalist in The Female Form Photo Contest
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Contest Finalist in Studio Fun Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Boudoir And Burlesque Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Provocative Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in The Human Body Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Skin Photo Contest
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Peer Award
Superb Composition
Absolute Masterpiece
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Top Choice
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Outstanding Creativity
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Magnificent Capture
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Superior Skill
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All Star
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Genius
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Submitted to Photo Contests

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Monochrome Masters ProjectTop 10 class
Monochrome Masters ProjectTop 10 class week 1
Anything People Photo ContestTop 10 class
Anything People Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
A World In Black And White Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Magic Of Editing Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
The Talent AwardsTop 20 class
ViewBug Photography AwardsTop 10 class
ViewBug Photography AwardsTop 10 class week 1
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
All Things Black And White Photo ContestTop 10 class
All Things Black And White Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Female Form Photo ContestTop 20 class
The Female Form Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
The Female Form Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Monthly Pro Vol 27 Photo ContestTop 20 class
Sexy In Black And White Photo ContestTop 20 class
Sexy In Black And White Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Clash Of The Pros Photo ContestTop 20 class
Portraits And Shadows Photo ContestTop 30 class
Portraits And Shadows Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Portraits And Shadows Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Studio Fun Photo ContestTop 10 class
Studio Fun Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Studio Fun Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Boudoir And Burlesque Photo ContestTop 20 class
Boudoir And Burlesque Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Black And White Wow Factor Photo ContestTop 30 class
Black And White Wow Factor Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Black And White Wow Factor Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Provocative Photo ContestTop 10 class
Provocative Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Monthly Pro Vol 16 Photo ContestTop 30 class
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class
The Human Body Photo ContestTop 10 class
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class week 1
The Human Body Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
High Contrast In Black and White Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Mix It Up Photo ContestTop 10 class
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 2Top 20 class week 1
Mix It Up Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Human Body Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Trey Ratcliffs Put Your Best Foot Forward Photo ContestTop 20 class
Skin Photo ContestTop 10 class
Skin Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1

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RAPJones
 
RAPJones September 29, 2015
Superb lighting!! Congratulations on the Skin win...
Chris_Photoshooter PRO
 
Chris_Photoshooter November 15, 2015
One of the best capture of woman ever seen in my long life !!!! what a work with light
absolutelly amazing !!!

all series is wonderfull
saptakjoy
 
saptakjoy December 04, 2015
Awesome concept and great posture..............
A lovely piece of art...
JKSImagery
 
JKSImagery September 26, 2016
Wonderful artistic shot of this gorgeous model!
brianvandermerwe
 
brianvandermerwe March 24, 2017
Yow! What excellent use of light and compostition.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken as part of a nude series in my college photo studio.
Time
I remember weeks and weeks of meticulous planning that went into planning this photo shoot. This image was taken during late morning in the studio.
Lighting
I had a very specific look that I was wanting to achieve with this series. I wanted a very high-key and high-contrast image set. To successfully achieve this look, I attached a single strobe to a boom overhead with a beauty dish, a second strobe just for the backdrop, and a reflector at the corner to illuminate my model's face.
Equipment
This series was shot with a Canon 5D Mark III, 35mm 1.8 lens, and Profoto D1 strobe kit along with a silver beauty dish and a 52-inch silver reflector. I used a tall backdrop stand with white seamless paper.
Inspiration
I have a background in anatomy and biology and I have a fascination with the human body and how it works. My inspiration for this series was the beauty of the human body and musculature. I wanted to let my models show off their hard work and let their bodies do the talking.
Editing
I usually don't do much post-processing other than color correction, but I wanted to step out of my comfort zone. I used Camera RAW, Photoshop, and my medium Wacom tablet to achieve this super high-contrast look. I boosted the contrast globally and then created individual layers and masks to dodge and burn exactly where I wanted. I used a very low opacity brush to have as much control as possible. Each image took a minimum of an hour from start to finish in post. I wanted these images to look hand-painted - similar to statues.
In my camera bag
Currently in my bag I have my Nikon D700 (my workhorse), Nikon D7000 (my crop workhorse), Sigma 17-55mm 2.8, Nikon 24-85mm, Tamron 70-200 2.8, Nikon 50mm 1.8, Sigma ART 20mm 1.4, and my Nikon SB-700. Along with my camera equipment I always carry Tenergy batteries, extra Lexar CF and SD cards, Gary Fong diffuser, safety pins, bobby pins, clamps, and multiple varieties of tape. I like to be prepared for anything that may come my way while out on a shoot!
Feedback
For anyone interested in fitness or artistic nudes, my biggest piece of advice is to be prepared! I thought out every single detail for this shoot for 7-8 weeks before even stepping into the studio. Also, as much as we all love our models, make sure to have backups. Models are human too and they may get sick, get called away for an emergency, etc. Whatever could go wrong, make sure to have a plan of action! And of course: HAVE FUN! From the moment I step into the studio, I crank up some fun music. It makes me more comfortable getting my equipment set up, and it gets your models comfortable with you - and a comfortable model is a happy model!

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