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Behind The Lens

This image was shot at my home studio in Kingston, Jamaica
Sometime in late summer evening. It was a studio setup with control of my own lighting so ambient light wasn't a factor.
This was a 3 point light setup. Two strip box with grid on either side of the model powered at 1/16 and one octagon with grid powered at 1/8.
5D Mark iv, 24-105mm set at f/8, one Godox FlashPoint XPlor 600 and two off market L400 studio flash.
The model had gotten a new swimsuit and was eager to try it on. We tried a few shots then I told her it was best if she got oiled up. With her natural afro, we went ahead and try to create our definition of 'Black Girl Magic'.
This original image is a yellow swimwear shot on a yellow backdrop. I edited the image in Ps using frequency separation, dodging and burning before converting to Black & White.
In my camera bag
Whenever I have to work outside of the studio, I pack my trusty 50mm f/1.4 and my 85mm f/1.8. Prime lenses just make life easier. Depending on my plans I will take my 70-200mm f2.8 or my Tonika 16-28mm f/2.8. Tripod for Landscape shots or Godox TT600 for extra lighting on a outdoor shoot along with Canon 7D or 5D.
This was about creating something from a newly formed term and rising movement, we just added our own twist. Having a fun model who will to try to make the best of any idea that flows out my head and since we weren't on a time schedule, it made it easier to create. this is just one of many shots we got from the session. The lighting was done with different power setting to maximize the effect of the oil on her skin, the two strip box was set to keep the yellow swimwear separated from the yellow backdrop. For post processing, frequency separation is a learning process that takes time. There are videos available on ViewBug to help anyone get better, check them out.

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