karlshaw
karlshaw

Laura



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10 Comments | Report
pietnel
 
pietnel December 20, 2016
Gorgeous amazing shot
livioferrari Platinum
 
livioferrari April 03, 2017
Stunning portrait!
JanelouisePhotographyUK
 
JanelouisePhotographyUK April 04, 2017
Perfection
loved2030
 
loved2030 April 11, 2017
Awesome shot
FrankBaats
 
FrankBaats April 13, 2017
WoW
dwmccauslin
 
dwmccauslin April 23, 2017
Intense!
pmjfloyd
 
pmjfloyd May 03, 2017
Nice capture!
CroppedFromMemory
 
CroppedFromMemory August 18, 2017
Love the lighting!
Kosmotheoros
 
Kosmotheoros November 30, 2017
Perfect model, amazing shot!
dwmccauslin
 
dwmccauslin January 14, 2018
Karl, would love to see more of this model! She is exquisite! The others sometimes look as if they try too hard, and this one is a natural. Well done!

Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken at my studio in the North East of the UK.
Time
The shot was taken one Saturday afternoon.
Lighting
I used a beauty dish with a grid to hone the light and give quite a quick fall off - positioned quite far to camera right so her body was defined.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D3S with 70 - 200 f2.8 lens with a focus length of 185mm - ISO 200, F/10, 1/125 sec
Inspiration
Laura has a natural 'edge' to her look and therefore I wanted to combine strength with (implied) nudity - I thought gloves added a bit of mystery; sort of "I'm nude but I'm keeping these gloves on"
Editing
The mono conversion was achieved using a Gradient Map with Photoshop - all my monos use this method; it's nice and contrasty without being too harsh or too soft - a nice mix. I added the 'flare' in Photoshop.
In my camera bag
I have three Nikon cameras; D3S, D800 and a D300 (just in case) with 50mm, 24-70mm, 90mm macro and 70-200mm lenses. I also use three Fujis: X-Pro1, X-E1 and XT30 bodies with various lenses.
Feedback
When you have a great subject-matter like Laura you can pretty much use anything to light her - I never really worry about the technical side (although I still use a flash meter) - nine times out of ten I use one light (usually a Bowens) - I never worry about the shot being technically right (although I do have Rembrandt lighting in this one) - there's too much snobbery and camera club mentally when it comes to picture critique - If you like your picture that's all that matters - although start with a great subject and you can't go far wrong.

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