One model, one light, one shot

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by jambaj0e, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 31, 2010
    I dropped by a friend's photoshoot yesterday at a mansion where there are several models and just at the very last minute, I saw this one plant vase and had an idea. He let me have a minishoot with one of the models. Going for that dramatic look, I used an Einstein monolight with a gridded beauty dish up high and to the right. The directional quality of the light made it hard to get the right look and light on her face, but after several photos, we got the photo!

    Shot with my new GH2 with the Olympus Zuiko 43 14-54mm mkII lens!


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  2. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hey Joe,

    How do you like your GH2 for studio work? I already can tell from this photo, the dynamic range looks to be significantly better than your previous E-PL2!
     
  3. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Very nice, Joe! It looks nice and crisp, too. I like the colors, with the model'shair and the stems.
     
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  4. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    Joe,
    Nice capture.

    Do you remember the f stop setting and the mode on the Einstein Monolight at the time you took this shot? The image appears to have a 4000-4500 color temp on my monitor.

    This monolight is very good at 75-90% of its max output at keeping the color temperature constant in the Constant Color mode; however, according to the website, in Action Mode, the color temperature rises as power is reduced.
     
  5. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 31, 2010
    Thanks guys! The GH2 seems to do better off a white balance cap. I did enhance the contrast, sharpness and dynamic range in post, but it does do well in a shoot.

    As for the Einstein, I change the color tone a bit in post, but it was true to color out of camera :)
     
  6. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    Awesome work as always.
     
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  7. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    She's holding her fingers in a very unnatural way. Kinda creeps me out to look at it.
     
  8. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Your stuff makes me want to shoot more studio work! I make a living off editorial!
     
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  9. Jorg.S

    Jorg.S Mu-43 Regular

    Great picture.
     
  10. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 31, 2010
    Nice! I actually like doing editorial, on location-kinda shoot. I still use my one Einstein on location when I can, just because I like having that quality of light at my disposal. Where do you usually shoot at?
     
  11. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I shoot mainly all freelance editorial. I shoot almost all available light if I can. :smile:
     
  12. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 31, 2010
    Nice! I tend to shoot w/ strobes as much as I can, even outside, which is good and bad. but do you usually shoot your editorials w/ an mu43 camera?

    I find that the mu43 can keep up w/ Semi-pro dslr on well-lit ambient light as well as well-lit strobes, but not really low-light, high ISO, on the move ambient light shooting
     
  13. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    816
    Aug 31, 2010
    I think this looks better in Black & White (w/ a subtle warm/cool split tone)

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  14. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    816
    Aug 31, 2010
    I think my photo looks better in black and white. What do you think? Hollywood film-noir?

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  15. lukin

    lukin New to Mu-43

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    Jun 19, 2011
    True,black and white look better to me.
     
  16. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Missed your reply! M43 is my carry-with-me camera, while I use Nikon DSLRs for work. For most quick snaps, it's M43 all the way, but for work I stick with my Nikon kit which consist of a D3 & D700. I used to have a D3X, but since I don't do enough studio work, I ended up selling it.