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Unmasking Harry…

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Harry after Pris

Here’s a striking shot of Harry (previously unseen).

A mix of Venetian, Blade Runneresque, Mardi Gras make up. We had lots of fun with this.
Harry is a machine, when it comes to poses and expressions. I had to wade through over 80 shots to find this one. They are all really different. I’ll post some more as I have time to finish processing them. Glamour is not really my thing, but I have been advised that this is quite racy. 😂

I hope you enjoy viewing the image – Colin

Unmasking Harry
Pixel Peepers’ Notes & Newbie Hints & Tips:
Sony A7R II FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6OSS @58mm / 60th sec f5.0 ISO200

Once again, I shot this on a borrowed Sony A7R II. I think this may be my first or second Sony shoot? By this time in my career, I had realised that my manual focus Hasselblad days were coming to an end, and I needed to convert to an auto focus system. I didn’t have a scooby doo how to set up the camera. I was totally new to Sony menu – system. I Shot this in manual mode, as I was using studio flash? It’s all a bit of a blur (not the image!).

This is a kit lens, and serves as a good example of what can be achieved. I don’t know if this is a particularly good lens? I now use a FE24-70 2.8 GMaster which is tack sharp, but this looks sharp to me?

Here’s a screen grab at 1:1 – 100%

Unmasking Harry screen grab
Newbies’ guide to the lighting set up and shooting the image:
Lighting set up

The lighting diagram above should give you most of what you need to know to recreate the lighting.>

There’s one large octabox lighting the face. In reality, it was even closer than in the diagram, but the software won’t let me place it closer. It was about 90cms (3ft) away. It is set slightly above the models face and slightly to the left of the camera. (You can see this if you look in to the model’s eyes; There is shadow that the octabox is casting.) In front of the octabox is a is diffused Metz flash unit on a stand, with a doubled up handkerchief as a diffuser, held in place with a hair scrunchie. The Metz flash is set to min. All it’s doing is placing the keylights in Harry’s eyes, and the hard reflections on her lips. I am firing off the flashes with manual slave radio flash units, the master is on the camera hot shoe. No messing with TTL.

Advice: Just fire off a few tests. You’ll have the exposure balanced in three or four frames. Once you’ve nailed it… Crack on.

The wind machine is quite close in, on the left, behind the octabox. There are 2x 8ft reflector boards, one on each side of the model. The model is kneeling on a white sofa.

The make up artist sprayed the bandit/Pris mask on with an air brush.

Retouching: I have retouched some of the edges of the sprayed mask, to fix where there was some over spray. I have made the transition crisper. Other than that, WYSIWYG. There is no softening or adjustments to the skin, only make up. I have said it before, if you’ve never worked with an MUA, I really recommend it. There are loads of them worldwide, and if you are testing, they may work with you TFP (Time for Prints) or in other words, access to the finished digital files.

You can find good MUAs on:
https://www.purpleport.com and https://www.modelmayhem.com wherever you are in the world. Both have free memberships.

I think you’d really enjoy the experience of working in a creative team.

I hope you find this information useful.

Please feel free to comment, or feedback below – Colin

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