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Publicity Photo

Publicity Photo
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Copyright: Larry A Brechner (brech) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2013-09-05
Categories: Humorous, Event, Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MKII, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-12-07 10:03
Viewed: 1497
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks to Marine-Coeur for encouraging to post on TL.

This is the Lobby/Program photo of our directing team, for our September play, "Dr Evil." The pose, expressions and rendering in B&W ended up looking like a publicity shot for some off-beat TV Sitcom.

The image was shot against a green Chromakey backdrop, and I added the background drape from a set of stock backgrounds in its place.

The lighting set-up I have described before in previous TL posts. Lighting is fairly soft using approximately a 1:2 ratio Key to Fill with all flashes using soft modifiers.
I used four monolights:
160ws reflected in a 60” Umbrella reflector from the right as a Key light
160ws through a 24x24” softbox at 1/2 power as a front fill
160ws through an 86” white umbrella at 1/4 power as a left side fill
100ws through a 12x12” softbox above and to the left as a hair/backlight

In a workshop I have included a Schematic of the Lighting Set-up, and in another WS a Picture of the Actual Lighting Set-up on my stage.

The original image was shot in RAW and PP in PS5 RAW with slight basic adjustments to clarity, color balance, exposure, etc. Like most PS purists, I like to carefully make my own painstaking corrections to remove skin issues like removing blemishes, correcting tones, and all the other properties that go into creating a final image (still called “airbrushing” by some in the media). I did use Portrait Professional PS plug-in to short cut some of this work.

Conversion to B&W I used PS5 Black & White conversion so I could control each color channel, and ran it through NIK Silver Efex pro to add structure and toning.

ISO 160

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  • swerM Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 40 W: 0 N: 32] (403)
  • [2013-12-07 21:16]

Hi Larry
I can see there's a pretty complicated pre-shot arrangement. I like the overall result which is obtained here. Tfs.

Hello Larry

Good to see you back. I like the hard contrast of the image. Nice work on showing us the set up. Much thought goes into this type of Photography. Well done.



I like the 50's atmosphere, very trendy b&w photo.
The Canon EOS 5D MKII has 25 600 ISO ... Awesome !
do you use iso 25 600 ?

Good morning from here Dear Larry,
Indeed beautiful and technical portrait by beautiful team, all the best for their future:-) and also lovely details and lights by 3 lovely simile of today
well done and do it again LARRY A BRECHNER

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