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Liz's Dinner

This was a fun, fairly quick impromptu shoot. We were in a very small space and had to re-arrange furniture to make this shot work as well as shoot with a fairly wide lens. My camera was shooting at ISO 100 f8 at 1/125 28mm, just enough light to see the filaments in the Edison bulb in the overhead light. Directly to my cameras left was an Alien B 800 shooting through a Paul C Buff 47" gridded octobox raised up to about 5' at the center and angled down slightly at Liz. Deconstructing the lighting on this image gets a little tricky because of the post processing I did to get the Look I was after. I only had the one light and as I said, the space was really quite small so I knew i was going to need to darken a few things later in post to get it to look as if the overhead light was the light source for this image. 


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Here is a lighting diagram to show the setup. Everything pretty much was as tight as it looks

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And here we start out with the original image brought into Photoshop CC after a few color balance and exposure tweaks in Lightroom 5.

Then we move on to cleaning up the walls, replacing the dog with another pose ( I was constatly shooting images as the dog moved around even if Liz wasnt ready just so I would have a few good pose options to choose from in post) . Then after all that I straightened things up a bit since i was using such a wide lens you could really see the distortion in the lines of the walls and floor.

After all that it was on to bringing out details and doing some dodging and burning to create the room atmosphere I was after.

Once I was happy with all of that I did my color toning and gave it a bit of a crop and I was left with an image that im very happy with.

And just for fun, here are my layers in PS

And just for fun, here are my layers in PS

So, I put a sock on my beauty dish and learned I wanted Gels

Repetition is a funny thing