Thursday, February 17, 2011

Vivienne's Passport Photos

Last week had to make Vivienne a passport photo and we had lots of fun doing it. Being a two months old baby she can't hold her head yet. So the photo that made it to her passport (the one above) had to be retouched in photoshop where I removed her mom's fingers. Content aware fill is amazing.
As seen the photos were made on a white backdrop with 2 strobes. Tried different placing of the strobes. I think it's essential to try different settings and adjust accordingly constantly. It's part of the beauty of digital photography.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Kansas City...a winter time

Kansas City...a winter wonderland

Big storm today in Kansas City. So big that they had to shut down schools, business... you name it. After a cozy day inside I took my toy point and shoot plus a crappy tripod and off to the snowy streets. It was really cold outside, so cold that I had to change the batteries twice in my little toy camera. I am amazed of what I've got with such a small one.
Anyway, I toned the images to the way I felt out there. Cold, cold, cold! It was pitch dark so each exposure ranged from 1 to several seconds, and that's where the tripod helped. Would have liked to have some more live subjects but I guess everybody and everything was under a thick layer of snow or behind a nice warmed electrical blanket. Really, no cats, squirrels or even bunnies were to be found. If this would have been in Bucharest I'm pretty sure you'd see at least one shot with a hoard of stray dogs chasing me :)
Some really fun shots with Vivienne on a white seamless coming up. Toy, toy and stay warm

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Vicky with Red Hair

Yesterday I manage to set up home studio in the living room and here are couple of shots  of Vicky. I used a white back round and two lights. A continuous strobe to the left and an SB 600 flash to the right. Both shot through umbrellas and triggered wirelessly. I wanted to create a glamorous clam shell lighting. While fiddling with the lights and camera settings I came to realize that expression/feeling is maybe even more important than the perfect technical execution. I know that some of this shots have blown highlights and I am totally fine with it because I like what that does to the picture.
Some more studio photos to come. Stay tuned!