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tetvet PRO+
 
tetvet January 27, 2016
great shot, like her expression
strew12
 
strew12 March 01, 2016
I really dig this shoot! I love the metal top, very nice capture!
PeterEvans23 PRO+
 
PeterEvans23 March 03, 2016
Excellent image mate. Love the light.
gabrielgonzales
 
gabrielgonzales July 12, 2016
Great work as always Aaron
THOMMAS
 
THOMMAS September 08, 2016
superb b/w,your ideas turned into one for the wall,outstanding collection,kool
WeeScottiedug
 
WeeScottiedug March 04, 2017
I really like this shot with your use of light and contrast. Your model carries the shot beautifully.
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dmitriymoskvin July 05, 2018
Nice!
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Beautiful!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken during a session in my home studio, with the very beautiful Jenny in late 2014. My studio space is a small 14' x 14' space with just enough room to squeeze my backdrop, lighting, model, and myself into. It's been a great space, and I've learned how to make the most of it.
Time
If memory serves me right, this photo shoot was scheduled during the early evening (about 6:00 or 7:00 PM) on a Friday or Saturday night. Being a studio shoot, time of day didn't really matter. This was just a date, and time of day that worked for both Jenny and I.
Lighting
My lighting setup for this shoot was very simple. Shooting on a solid light grey background, I chose to go with a single light setup to give the photo a little bit of dimension. I used a single Alien Bee AB800 (probably set to 1/4 power or less, due to the small studio space), with a large softbox modifier to give Jenny nice even coverage. I set up my light approximately 2' to 3' right of subject (left of camera), angled down 45 degrees (to get bounce off the background on the floor) and about 7' in the air. My setup gave me nice even lighting on Jenny, reduced shadows under her chin, eyes, and nose, and minimized the shadow on the background, yet giving the photo subtle depth.
Equipment
This photo was taken with a cropped sensor Canon 40D, and I believe the Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens. Camera was handheld, and shot from a low (kneeling) angle beneath the model.
Inspiration
This particular photo shoot was an assignment from a chainmail jewelry designer friend of mine. The jewelry designer sent me a dozen pieces to shoot, but no instructions on what he'd like in his final images. Jenny and I had shot the dragon scale bra by itself, as well as the chainmail bikini top. Both looked good alone, but we decided to mix it up and put the two pieces together. This image was our result! The jewelry designer was blow away by our creativity, and truly loved the final image. Two items that were never meant to go together, ended up making the perfect look, and taking our image from good to great!
Editing
Post-processing was somewhat minimal. As I do with most my model shoots, I'll clean up skin flaws, smooth out skin, remove stray hairs, and do subtle dodging and burning. I have a workflow that gives me a type of glamour look to my photography.
In my camera bag
When it comes to my camera bag, I am not a minimalist by any means. My main camera bag is the Lowepro Flipside 500 AW, which is a killer bag that fits tons of gear. In my bag, I carry my full frame Canon 6D body, my cropped sensor Canon 40D body, a Canon EF 70-200mm, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, Canon EF-S 18-55mm, and Canon EF 17-40mm. In addition to bodies and lenses, I carry approximately 6 SD memory cards and 6 compact flash memory cards, 4 spare Canon batteries (2 for each camera), battery charger, camera trigger, memory card reader, business cards, pens and sharpies, chap stick and gum, and a few other miscellaneous items. In addition to my main camera bag, I'll usually carry a second smaller bag with 4 Yongnuo YN600EX-RT speedlites, 1 Yongnuo YN-E3-RT wireless speedlite transmitter, a couple dozen rechargeable AA batteries, and a battery charger.
Feedback
My main advice to anyone looking to capture something similar to this photo, is don't be afraid to experiment. These two jewelry pieces were never meant to go together, yet we played around and got the perfect image. Experiment, get creative, try different things, shoot from lots of angles, play with lighting, don't let people tell you that you can't do something, and never stop learning! Have fun when shooting!

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