I was inspired by photographer Peter Hurley and his Portrait shoots (Headshots). I really love expression and the way he shoots faces, it is so moving! His work is something that really makes me want to strive and push forward in portrait photography. He really knows how to tell a story in his photos, he has love and passion in photography which you can see when you look at his work. He has a catch phrase "Shabang". I don't know the story behind it but I think that I'm starting to understand.
I have done many portraits but none like the ones Peter Hurley does. With the white background and bright lights and beautiful catch lights in the eyes.
So I wanted to give it a shot and try it out and when I saw the results on the screen the first thing I said was "Shabam" now I know that it's not the same world that he says but its close and it was not intentional. It was just the excitement that I had when I saw the results! I was that excited to see the out come of something that I have never done before.
Heres the results and how I did it:
Last two photos are a portrait of me that my buddy Julien (top picture) took. All Photos where setup, organized and edited by me. I did not have a remote for my self portrait.
Note: I did NOT have any fancy lighting equipment when I took these shots, nor a studio or white seamless. Which goes to show you, you can have awesome photos by being creative.
Side note: I'll be getting a HURLEYPRO ProBoard when I can! Also I learned how to do this from Kelbyone.com with Scott Kelby. I really recommend you go check them out! They'll teach you some amazing stuff!
Macbook Pro Lightroom 5
Canon 5D Mark III Perfect Photo Suit 8
Canon 70-200 4.0 Photoshop CC
Canon 430ex II Flash
2 Reflectors White & Silver
Gaffers tap (don't leave home with out)
On flash soft box (which I did not use with the box closed)
I tethered my camera with Lightroom and Pressed F for fullscreen so when I took the photo we could see the results
Setup: The creative part
I was in a room with low ceilings made of wood. So I taped a white reflector with gaffers tap a little in front of my camera so I could bounce the flash and give it a soft box look.
Behind the subject was a white board made of plywood for a piece of furniture that we found laying around the house.
The subject held a small silver reflector close to the face to catch more of the light and fill in the face and also give that beautiful catch light in the eyes.
So like an N shape Flash to ceiling then down to hand held reflector and back up to face.
Software and post:
I used Lightroom just to tether and see the photos while we were shooting.
Then I used Perfect Photo Suite 8 went to portrait bar adjusted a few sliders to get the look that I wanted. Jumped over to photoshop copied from background to a new layer and added a screen mask to make the background more white and painted in black on the face to remove the screen mask from the face and that was it.
The main thing is to just have fun!
by Robert Meares
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