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03.03.13 | Glamour Session; Kristina

Model of the Moment 2012

I worked with Kristina a few years ago to capture some amazing fitness images that still get positive comments ’til this day. After taking a break from the modeling, she teamed up with me again for her comeback. She is a very determined model and knows what she wants out of a shoot. Kristina is a wonderful glamour model; tall, beautiful, and committed.

Below are some of the best images from our session together. Dangerous, flirtatious, and sexy is all you need to know.

Kristina Glamour 02 Kristina Glamour 01

Shot with a 35mm lens at ISO 400, f-stop f/5, shutter speed 1/200. Keylight lit with a softbox about 45 degrees to the right of the model (left of camera) with reflectors to the left of the model. Soft backlight used on the backdrop.

Kristina 17mm

Shot in a basement with a hard key light through a peg board to create lighting texture. The key light was a single common light bulb hanging left of and level to the camera. The images were shot with a faster ISO (1600) to allow for faster shutter speed in the low light. The grainy rendering and harsh shadows created the mysterious and daring attitude I was going for.

To view more of Kristina’s work or to book her modeling talent, check out her model mayhem page.

02.25.13 | Kristina Portrait; Highlights

Lookbook Collection 1000

In getting back to basic lighting, I attempted to create a ring flash effect with my tungsten lights. A ring flash, used in many glamour images, is used to create and even, flat complexion. I attempted to add reflectors to all sides and above and below my key lighting, which I did not diffuse. I did add an element of highlights to her hair from directly behind.

Kristina Portrait

While there is a little more shadowing on Kristina’s face than I would’ve liked, I think the image came out balanced and the highlights added a nice halo effect to her hairline. I also shot this image at a high ISO setting of 1600, creating a grainy effect which adds a nice grading to the highlights in the image and her shadows.

02.19.13 | Chelsea Portrait; Experimenting with Exposure

Lookbook Collection 1000

Sometimes its good to get back to basics and refine your approach to things. When I recently sat down with Chelsea, I wanted to play around with exposure. Exposure is a balance of aperture and shutter speed, but your film speed also plays a factor. I had never used my ISO setting to alter my exposure in the past.

Usually I try to shoot with the smallest setting to capture as much fine detail as possible. This time I experimented by changing the ISO on my digital SLR and keeping the f stop at f/5 and the shutter speed at 1/25.

Using a simple setup, diffused key lighting and back lighting…and a bunch of reflectors, I was able to capture a clean complexion for this beauty shot of Chelsea. My ISO was set at 200 to allow for a decent shutter speed.

Chelsea Headshot 01

I altered my ISO to a much faster 800, keeping the aperture and shutter speed consistent. With my lighting, I was able to blow out Chelsea’s portrait in this second example and create contrast of light and dark, giving the portrait a much different feel. The light purple tone was created in post processing with a filter.

Chelsea Headshot 02

Of course you can accomplish a similar image by slowing the shutter speed or increasing the size of your aperture. I like the simplicity of the overexposed portrait and the gritty quality of the detail in the shadow lines.