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Topaz



model: Topaz
makeup: Alicja Zielonka
photo-retoucher: Barbara Duchalska

model: Topaz
makeup: Alicja Zielonka
photo-retoucher: Barbara Duchalska
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Contest Finalist in Natural Light Portraits Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Expressive Faces Photo Contest
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6 Comments | Report
abreef
 
abreef September 01, 2017
Perfect lighting conditions
Thanks Basia.
marcbaechtold PRO+
 
marcbaechtold May 14, 2018
great selection of tones!
gkojadinovic
 
gkojadinovic January 01, 2019
Beautiful portrait...
Ruslan_Lavrentyev
 
Ruslan_Lavrentyev January 26, 2019
Colors like of Fujifilm Velvia film.
harmeetsingh
 
harmeetsingh September 02, 2019
Beautiful
latashanicholegomes
 
latashanicholegomes November 14, 2019
Gorgeous

Behind The Lens

Location
I met Topaz through the Internet. She asked me if I want to organize little photo shoot while she will be visiting Cracow, Poland. I can't say no to this beautiful and really kind girl. I am struggling with my talking in English, but somehow I managed to talk, direct and made some nice portraits of her :D I photographed her in my little studio, but it was such a beautiful day so we decided to also take some photos outside - this exactly place is placed about 200 meters from my flat.
Time
It was around 3 p.m. The sun was a little bit harsh so I ask my makeup artist to help me with silver reflex panel to soften all nasty shadows.
Lighting
Don't forget to use your reflex panel, children! You can get rid of shadows under nose (or half of the face like in this situation - see the left side of her face).
Equipment
I used my beloved Canon 6D with Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART. I also used silver reflex panel to soften all shadows.
Inspiration
Topaz is well known for her dark beauty photo shoots. I decided to show two of her sides - one, more delicate, natural and girl like in studio and strong, rock side when we decide to leave studio. Topaz has amazing lips and amazing lips equals, of course, perfect red lips. I combined it with this fantastic, edgy vintage white top. I also love to confront red with green so we went to the place with this huge tree which you can see in the background.
Editing
Of course, it's a "must" in portrait/fashion photography. As usual, I started in Lightroom - played with contrast, clarity and sharpness. I also desaturated greens and oranges. After that I continued in Photoshop - retouched her face and body (with well know techniques: frequency separation, dodge & burn) and add one of my favourite self-made actions. I love to add some blue tones to shadows and I also experimented with skin tone (I make it really pale).
In my camera bag
I don't have much equipment, so I always take the same stuff: Canon 6D (and my old Canon 40D just in case), three lenses: Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART, Canon 50mm 1.8 STM and Canon 85mm 1.8 USM. During weddings I also use Yongnuo EX568II.
Feedback
Don't be afraid of using 35mm lenses in portrait, especially during fashion photo shoots. It adds more dynamic feel and can help you to highlight some favourite points of model's face (for example: eyes or lips). Also, find a really confident model who really like to work with her hands and isn't afraid to show about hundred emotions in ten seconds :)

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