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Aaron's Eyes
Aaron's Eyes

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100
Lens: Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical ED Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha
Location: my home studio
Date: Dec 14, 2007
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/160s
Galleries: Portraiture, Studio
Date Uploaded: Dec 14, 2007

Viewed: 2027
Comments: 13
Favorites: 19 (view)

Claire McAdams

This is a shot from Aarons second headshot session we did today. He got his hair cut and he grew out some facial hair a bit. I adore this shot of him and wanted to share this lighting setup because it worked magic on him...I am sure plenty of people have figured this out already but it is kind of new for me so yeah.

I stood on a chair since Aaron is pretty tall and I wanted to be eye level or a little higher than him. I had my softbox turned horizontal above and behind me pretty much putting light almost straight down on his face. I then I had my oval reflector right under his face to bounce the light back into his eyes. It created smooth lighting onto his face while still having depth. The background is a white background very lightly lit with a back light but I had Aaron stand so far from the background it appears gray/blue.

For those of yall who are interested in the processing, I did the basic normal headshot editing I do (cloning out blemishes and stray hairs, very light airbrushing, etc.) After I got done with that I wanted to add a little pop, so I duplicated the layer, set it to soft light and then did a hue saturation layer to bring down the saturation. Then I duplicated the original layer and set it to linear light and passed a high pass filter over it and then brought down the opacity.


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04/25/2008 01:11:43 PM
Beautiful picture, love it!!
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01/08/2008 01:11:18 AM
perfect human being... lol
12/29/2007 07:53:08 PM
Well done Claire!
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12/17/2007 08:07:52 PM
copy that, JerseyGenie. Really like the look to this shot, and the grey background fits in really well.
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12/15/2007 11:16:19 PM
Really awesome shot, love the technique you used, incredible detail in his eyes, very nicely executed, adding to faves
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12/15/2007 09:38:15 AM
The lighting has a really nice depth to it, doesn't it?
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12/15/2007 08:45:59 AM
Very nice job. I'm going to favorite this as much for the great shot as for the great tutuorial on lighting and PP.
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12/15/2007 08:36:30 AM
This shot looks fantastic to me. The catchlights are great. I just started playing with lighting and have been stuck thinking in a more two-dimensional space. You've opened my mind to so many more possibilities. Thanks!
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12/14/2007 10:41:16 PM
WOW, fantastic portrait!!! Love it.
12/14/2007 10:36:40 PM
WOAH!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go
12/14/2007 10:04:54 PM
Big props to you on this one, the lighting is awesome. Great work ;)
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12/14/2007 07:53:53 PM
That's pretty cool what it does to his eyes. I believe the way you've used your reflector is similar to what photographers generally call a "beauty dish". This works great for someone with perfect features such as him and an excellent technique for fashion models.
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12/14/2007 07:04:36 PM
Great portrait, Very nice lighting technique and thanks for sharing with us.
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