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03/16/2007 09:31:54 AM · #1
I wondered if anyone knew how to do a photo like this:

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I'm just planning on doing some for my friend and would love to do a silhouette like this one.

Plus, does anyone have any particular pose ideas that worked out great?

Thanks!

Message edited by ClubJuggle - Changed link to point to image posted in original photographer's portfolio.
03/16/2007 09:40:16 AM · #2
Couple of options... red gelled flash placed on floor between model and background and bounced, or use different colored backgrounds and/or white balance(s).

Here are a few of my maternity shots.
03/16/2007 10:48:14 AM · #3
That photo appears as though it has a single light source behind the subject being shone through a colored cloth background.

It appears to be a simple/standard silhouette, nothing special.
03/16/2007 11:56:47 AM · #4
Originally posted by FairyWings:

I wondered if anyone knew how to do a photo like this:

' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/641/thumb/476048.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/641/thumb/476048.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

I'm just planning on doing some for my friend and would love to do a silhouette like this one.

Plus, does anyone have any particular pose ideas that worked out great?

Thanks!


Landscape is an odd orientation IMO.

Message edited by ClubJuggle - Changed link in quoted post.
03/18/2007 09:48:05 AM · #5
I took some maternity shots of my wife about 6 months ago. Very basic setup, but we were very happy with the results. All were taken with bedside lamps as lighting, moved around. Some side lighting, some silouhettes (shining the lamps against the background as described by previous answers). The soft lighting gave some nice strong shadows and great results. I can't post any of them, because my wife would kill me... :)

Most of the advice for nude photography also applies to maternity shots, because while they are not nude, they are often partially nude. It's important that the model is warm and comfortable, physically and emotionally.

In taking our photos, we started out with some nude shots, but with the clear intention of not actually showing any 'nude bits' in the photos. However, my wife was very uncomfortable trying to cover her breasts with her hands, and keep her legs tucked up to not show anything else, and the uncomfortable poses showed in the shots. However, adding a sheet to the wardrobe made her fully relax, not having to worry about her own nudity, but still making some very sensual photos. Still revealing shots, but comfortably revealing. My point is that having a relaxed model is more important than any technical details. It doesn't matter how good the photo comes out - if the model was uncomfortable on the day, they won't even like the photos.

So, once you've worked out technical details, just hide all that on the day, so you both relax and enjoy the shoot.
03/18/2007 10:16:52 AM · #6
I have an even better question. Who's photo is that? It looks an aweful lot like our very own SC ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/29009.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/29009.gif', '/') + 1) . ' L2 entry into Low Key. ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/641/thumb/476048.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/641/thumb/476048.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' AFAIK she doesnt have a photobucket account. I've contacted her about it to find out if she has posted it somewhere else. BTW how she did the photo is in the photographers comments on the photo I linked.

MattO
03/18/2007 10:32:10 AM · #7
Originally posted by MattO:

I have an even better question. Who's photo is that? It looks an aweful lot like our very own SC ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/29009.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/29009.gif', '/') + 1) . ' L2 entry into Low Key. ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/641/thumb/476048.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/641/thumb/476048.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' AFAIK she doesnt have a photobucket account. I've contacted her about it to find out if she has posted it somewhere else. BTW how she did the photo is in the photographers comments on the photo I linked.

MattO


Hey! That IS mine!

03/18/2007 10:34:56 AM · #8
Originally posted by CEJ:


It appears to be a simple/standard silhouette, nothing special.


Harumph! :)
03/18/2007 12:14:55 PM · #9
Hi ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' FairyWings,

To post a thumbnail to a site image, you can use the helpful icons just above the white box where you type a message -- it's right next to the "Insert Hyperlink" button that you've already used in your original post. If you hover your mouse over it, it will say "Insert Thumbnail Link to Site Image." Then you can type the 6-digit Image ID into the dialog box that pops up which in this case was 476048.

The details on how the image was captured was already in the photog notes and you can see them now that we are post-voting on that challenge.

If you need help in the future on how to use the forums, you can always Contact Us and we'd be glad to help you out.
03/19/2007 04:09:22 PM · #10
So sorry for the confusion. I wasn't aware how to post other's images! In the future I will be sure to do it the RIGHT way. :)

Thanks for all of your tips. We'll see how they work out :)
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