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Love the color

Wild Youth

Model: Dawn Rose // This was such a fun shoot! I love confetti :)
Model: Dawn Rose // This was such a fun shoot! I love confetti :)
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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken at the edge of a parking lot. We'd been shooting in an industrial area that day, going for some cool portraits. It was a pretty windy day, but we brought confetti and really wanted to work with it. So we tried to find some shelter from a building that was next to the parking lot. It didn't work quite as well as we'd hoped, but good enough to get some shots in!
We were shooting in the afternoon and it was a weird kind of day. Not completely cloudy, but the sun wouldn't break through. It was actually rather perfect because it created bright but even lighting.
So this was all natural lighting, the somewhat cloudy weather made for nice, even lighting - I didn't even need a reflector, although I did use one to shelter the model (and the confetti) from the wind. Those things are multitools ;)
This was shot with my Canon EOS 60D and Canon 50mm f1.4 prime lens.
I really wanted to work with confetti sometime, it just seemed like so much fun. I like colorful and playful elements. This shoot was just a portfolio shoot for me and the model, so we were to free to play around and experiment. Her bright clothes and awesome look just gave it a bit of an edge and it all came together. The colorful flare you see on the left is actually a mix of post-processing (the colors) and holding a plastic bag to the side of my lens to add some softness and blur there.
I've done a bit of retouching on her skin and had to clean up some distracting confetti from her face as well. Then I really wanted to highlight the pinks and purples, so I made her lipstick a darker purple to match the sunglasses and added the colorful flare on the left to match her sweater and the confetti, and give the overall feel of pink. Adding saturation and contrast made some of the confetti way too bright, so I masked some parts manually to bring them down again. It's a nice mix of Lightroom and Photoshop to create the image I had in mind.
In my camera bag
I have my Canon EOS 60D and usually bring my Canon 50mm f1.4 and my Canon 35mm f2.0 lenses. Since I often make self-portraits as well, the remote is always in my bag, with some extra memory cards and an extra battery. If I don't need to be super compact, I also bring my 5-in-1 reflector and a tripod.
This shot really came together on the go, but if I'd do it again I would probably try to find some more shelter from the wind. The reflection of the sky in her sunglasses does add this element of being outdoors, but doing it indoors could probably work as well if you keep the reflections in mind. I mixed two bags of confetti, one smaller one with super bright colors and a bigger pack with softer colors to add more volume to it all. If you like you can add the effect on the side by holding a plastic bag near your lens with a shallow DoF and experiment with how far you want to blur to reach. In post-processing, don't be afraid to play with the different color sliders to get the right vibe and balance you like.

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