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made for a hairdresser friend of a vntage saloon

made for a hairdresser friend of a vntage saloon
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stigfagerli PRO+
 
stigfagerli August 22, 2020
Nice foto
Sahilbhardwaj
 
Sahilbhardwaj August 23, 2020
Beautiful shot!

Behind The Lens

Location
In a vintage hairdresser In Lisbon-Portugal called "Madame Dussu", located on Lx factory, a creative hub for artists and professionals.
Time
It was taken inside, the shop, in their break, but i believe it was taken during the morning. but it was using studio light.
Lighting
Ohh yes, here in Portugal where the minimun wage is ridiculously low, buying lights is very expensive, so we tend to invent. After watching some youtube videos we made an beauty dish for our flash from homemade stuff, like rigid plastic bowls, and rigid plastic dishes. It is not as good as the real deal, but it worked really well, one beauty dish to the right, and blank wall.
Equipment
We use Olympus cameras for most of our lives, they are light and good for everyday job, i believe we had an fl-50 flash attached to our custom beauty dish, mounted on a manfrotto tripod in ways i can´t remember or maybe describe.
Inspiration
Well as it was a vintage hairdresser, we looked a bunch of vintage portraits and hairdressing magazines from the 50´s and 60´s, and pop culture most with amazing photographs wich were then painted on top or really cool illustrations, which we tried to mimic on this photo.
Editing
Yes, we did mostly color, added stripes to the background to have a more "pop" feel, and some skin retouching to mimic those painted illustrations and soften the tones, but most of the original photograph is still there.
In my camera bag
Well i normally walk with some kind of taper, is a lifesaver, and some clamps, extra batteries and colored gels for the flash, and a really big 5 in one reflector diffuser is a must, you never know what creativity or light you get from locations. I usually walk also with some homemade snoots for flash made simply from cardboard tubes with different depths and a bunch of black straws nested inside, it really works and can give you some creative spots you can add with the colored gels.
Feedback
Focus on the model and the expression in her eyes, i believe it means everything for a portrait as their eyes tell a story or shows the personality of a person. Also let them lose, laugh with them, talk, let them be herselfs, in these kind of portraits is about showing who the person in front of the camera is. Side note, look for off shoot photo oppurtunities, when they are not expecting, they will look supernatural and their beauty will rise substancially. Also make eye contact and try to connect to that person, in a way, "flirt" with them, but only if that doesnt not make them unconfortable, as each person is their own and react differently. Lastly, just have fun, and make them have fun, as they will remember if they had a good time!

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