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How to get a picture like that.. Portrait Work (english)

By eyertt — November 27, 2015

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First when you start to plan a portrait or closeup shooting you need to have an idea of the look you like to create.. Important is the look of the model and the next step is, what kind of background you like to fit her in..

At the beginning of a portrait shooting I always prefer a nude makeup.. That means a makeup that looks very natural..  (it is a hard work for a makeup artist to do it)
And of course, the first set is always a first meeting with the model, so don’t try to do nude scenes at first, try something funny to have a good warmup.. At the first set of the shooting you will know if you are compatible with the model.. So this is the most important sequence.

For the background I choose a flower look.. It is not a paper it is a textile.. I bring it up on one of my up shatters.

bring up an textile on a up shutter to creatre a background

bring up an textile on a up shutter to create a background

My second up shutter is in use with the white side.. so it looks like this from the front view

for the first set I build a corner with my to wood walls

for the first set I build a corner with my to wood walls

now I set up the light. I choose my main light the beauty dish (I work with Hensel and the beautydish is one of the best in the world)
The position is like the sun and comes up from the left side..
On the right side I use a flat umbrella reflector. This one is important do reduce shadows. I don’t use a reflector to do this..  A light is better to control.

The Hensel Beautydish

The Hensel Beautydish

the flat umbrella reflector to light up shadows

the flat umbrella reflector to light up shadows

No more light is in use for this portrait work.. You don’t need a back-light, because of the white background.. Enough light will be reflect.

Now place the model in your set.. and do a first test.. Think about the skin color.. You only will get the natural skin color if there is enough light coming thru the lens.. Remember, flashes are calibrated at 5600 Kelvin and this will give you the most natural look of the skin
I choose a wide open lens with f4 and shoot with 1/160s on 100ISO
The result out of the cam looks like this

result out of the cam F4, 1/160s, Iso 100

result out of the cam F4, 1/160s, Iso 100; You see this red colors? I use my second cam without any flashes to sceen up this photo.. and now the light is to low to get exact colors.. low light produce red colors.. more low light will bring it into blue..

Thats it..
My retouching work let the pictures look like that (
see first tutorial)

the first result very normal look.. classic beauty shot

the first result very normal look.. classic beauty shot

get a little bit harder and deeper in contrasts (still the same cam F4 and so on)

get a little bit harder and deeper in contrasts (still the same cam F4 and so on)

and than start to get wild and make her look like this.. At this point you will have a good shooting running.. because the model is on your side!!

lets get running wild and have a successful shooting

lets get running wild and have a successful shooting

Hope you enjoy my little inside look

The sweet model: Janina Staub

Makeup Artis: Iryna Müller http://www.iryna-mueller.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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Mein Name ist Ralf Eyertt und ich bin der Initiator dieses Magazins.
Mein Fotografen Profil befindet sich unter http://ralf.eyertt.de

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