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11/14/2008 03:45:13 PM · #1
So I have always loved this style and look for portraits. I'd like to figure out how to do this though. What it looks like is they overexpose the image. They are so crisp and vibrant. Is it partially the camera and lense and or flash settings? The DOF is also cool. I dunno any help here

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11/14/2008 03:59:06 PM · #2
Looks to me like it's all about the lighting
11/14/2008 04:05:16 PM · #3
probably off camera with remote firing strobes pointed at reflectors.
11/14/2008 04:09:29 PM · #4
okay lol I have all of that gear so is anywhere other than strobist were I could learn that? I haven't found any tutorials on that style there.
11/14/2008 04:26:14 PM · #5
i've seen little 5 minute clips of different components in that being demo'd ..and it usually involves a helper hand-holding the reflector/diffusor/flash contraption 2-8ft away from the people and pointing it exactly as needed per shot.

i've not done any of this myself, so the knowledge is only what i've observed.
11/14/2008 04:27:36 PM · #6
you could also try contacting that k-gallery.com photog and ask for some pointers ..i doubt they'll share their secret sauce, but might give you some things to start with.
11/14/2008 04:32:47 PM · #7
These shoots also look like the've been post processed to bring out the colours... Camera side they're obviously using a lens with a very shallow DoF.
11/14/2008 04:33:17 PM · #8
You can also look at the reflections to get an idea of where the lighting is coming from. I'm no expert, but in the first image, it looks like there is a large reflector above, another one bottom left, and then some on-axis fill. The distinguishing thing that I see is how the shadows are minimized and very carefully controlled.
11/14/2008 05:36:19 PM · #9
I can make shots like these simply by bending the available light through shear power of will.
11/14/2008 08:14:37 PM · #10
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

I can make shots like these simply by bending the available light through shear power of will.

better than sheer power of mass, I suppose....

Now, where are those donuts? [scurries off to scrounge]

Message edited by author 2008-11-14 20:14:51.
11/19/2008 08:38:11 AM · #11
Also on the top one they have definately used something like Portrait Professional or Neat Image.
12/05/2008 08:43:47 PM · #12
Catchlights in the eyes often give away lighting schemes.

Looks like just the 3 up front. They've done a very good job controlling shadows (face under the veil, etc).

Note that #1 looks a bit "flat." Also note the lack of shadows under/side of the nose. With 3 lights from the front and no side shadows they're losing texture on the face, which gives it that super-smooth feel, enhanced through PP.
No real shadows between arms and dresses, or behind her on the wall that I can see, so probably shot close to ambient. The shadows coming off the mirror's scrollwork behind her are shadowing, but softly, so the flashes are just above ambient, and softened by having the three frontal lights ringing the lens.

#2 is more difficult but you can still see shadows, and looks like 2 catchlights in the woman's eyes. Also shot just above ambient, since there's no direct shadowing and the background is a bit more subdued (good) for separation. I'd guess a 40/60 ratio or so, left to right, based on the shadows between them.

#3 This looks like straight ambient with some PP. Might have a single gridded feathering the heads... hard to tell.

#4 Obviously one flash down low, left. One to the right, same height as camera. I would guess either the same to the left, or bright open ambient. This could also be a sunny day under an overhang, maybe with the one down-low to get under chins/eyes. I see background shadows in a number of places, so it could be done with a number of lights...I can't tell anything from the web shots about catchlights in the bride's eyes.


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