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  1. #1
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    Joint photo shoot Sir Les and DPR

    Sir Les was kind enough to have me along at a portrait shoot today.

    I fair dinkum struggled to communicate what poses I wanted but luckily Sir Les was in his element. Very stressful but had a blast. Lot's of images to process but here's a teaser.
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    And some people just had to get into the act...

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    And just a bit of fun...


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    Here's the last lot from me. It's been a hard job selecting the very best of the photos -- the girls were very cooperative and we were shooting for several hours, so we took lots of photos. However, I don't want to bore you so here's the final ten. I've tried to avoid showing shots similar to DPR's.

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    I think both DPR and I learned a helluva lot from this shoot. First, pick models who have a wide range of costumes and wigs and interesting props! Second, we both found (when we started processing) that we had consistently underexposed when shooting under the strobes. I find this puzzling, as the photos looked great on my camera lcd. I was using centre-weighted and TTL metering. On the other hand, the shots we took outside in daylight were perfectly exposed. I must have had one or more of the flash settings on the camera incorrect.

    Third but not least is the power of post processing using Photoshop. I was able to get what I think are pretty decent results from the underexposed shots mainly by using the curves adjustment, and then fiddling at the margins for all the fancy effects. I'm particularly pleased with the high-key photos, which seem well-suited to fashion shots. They won't be to everyone's taste, but I like 'em! The fourth thing is...make sure your backdrop sheets are nicely ironed before you have to use them—it saves a lot of PP work!

    As usual, constructive comments are welcomed.
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    Should retitle 'The Pirate and the Gentleman'.
    That hat is ready for Melbourne Cup Day....
    Very colourful indeed; and thanks for sharing.
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    These are great fun guys, how about posting some more.
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    - the fun's in finding them

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    I've got a few more to post yet, just lacking the time to process them. I want to do the best job of each image I can for Normajeane.

    I underexposed my shots significantly but fortunately they seem to be recoverable in CNX having shot NEF's. Serve me damn well right for using matrix metering and TTL flash instead of full manual.
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
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    OK, here's a bunch of shots from the photoshoot. First off, please remember that DPR and I are just a couple of amateurs who like fooling around with cameras and stuff. If we can find someone silly enough to sit still in front of the lens for a bit, so much the better. Secondly, these were shot in my friend Normajeane's house (yes, that's her real name), for which I thank her and her hubby for their patience and understanding. Nj was also our model and she emphasised she wanted quirky rather than glamour photos, so we tried to oblige. Thirdly, the main object of the day was experimentation with lighting; our results were somewhat variable. But at the end of the day we all had fun, as you will see.

    To save confusion we used DPR's lighting equipment, which consisted of an SB-900 and two SB-600's, stands, a softbox and umbrellas. After a few minutes sorting out which group and channel settings I should use, we were ready to go. He was shooting with his D300 and I was using my D7000. He allowed me to fondle his (photographic) equipment, and even let me use his 16-85VR (great for portraiture) and 70-200VR (beautiful lens but quite a beast to lug around).

    As I said, Nj was aiming for quirky but this looks quite glamorous to me:

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    However, it wasn't long before something cracked her up:

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    It wasn't long before Lady Les wanted to get into the act. "OK, but stay in the background," I commanded.

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    But it wasn't long before the two of them were playing up...

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    Here's Nj trying to recreate the famous Magritte painting of a man with an apple in front of his face:

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    ...and her hubby assists in attaching the apple:

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    The final result...

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    Whilst Nj was changing into her next outfit, Lady Les appeared once more on the scene:

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    To be continued...
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    Rooz, thanks for the feedback. I know what you mean about pushing the levels too hard in the first two photos, but it was my intention to go for the 'arty', almost surreal look. Too often my photos are of the boring "this is the wife posing in front of an interesting sign" variety, and I wanted to try something completely different. I think I succeeded in that, at least!
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    And we're back in the room....

    To try to keep up with Nj, LL decided to do some stripping...

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    ...but before matters could progress any further, Nj was back with her latest acquisition...

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    A crop from the photo above:

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    That's all I have processed for now -- hope you enjoyed them. Plenty more to come!
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