Shadow Mask - NSFW

May 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Hello folks.

Another mask shoot recently with Cait. Here are some behind the scenes shots and what lighting I used.

Angie begins with the make-up. We always decide on the make-up at the shoot and it's based on two things: the model's face and the mask. You can see the mask just beyond Cait.

Next are the nails. Peter assists Angie. At this point, because of the length of the nails we asked the model to remove her shirt. I recommend to photographers, especially new ones, to work with a team especially when dealing with nude models. First test shot:

First lighting set-up, the 4' Octobox gridded made by Paul Buff. Matthews C Stand holding the Einstein light and triggered by pocket wizards. The studio is all white but by controlling the light fall off you get this:

The above is the original image. Alternate versions exist here, here and here.

Simple lighting. The only thing you might not notice is the ring flash that I used just to put a tiny catchlight in her eyes as the mask just devours them into darkness.

Next, we went on location. A little spot about a mile away from the studio. The lighting was different. We used the McNally Lastolite version of the 24" softbox with my Oly flash at full power. Triggered by pocket wizards. It was mounted onto a Kacey pole adapter and painter's pole and held by Peter. Here you can see the light modifier creeping in on top of the frame.

The result was:

By the way, my shoot technique on this was simply to stack my Circular Polarizer and 3 stop Neutral Density filter. This is why we shot at full power with the flash and this allowed us to burn down those clouds in camera, thus keeping the detail. To get the look above (and other looks) I moved the file(s) into Lightroom and then into OnOne's Perfect Effects 4 and played around.
 


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