Behind the Scenes: The Crane
See the BTS footage of our latest portrait, as well as a sneak peek of the other shot we did that day! This image was inspired by the crane and is part of a larger series we are doing on bird species. I used part of a plastic 2 liter bottle to construct the base of the headpiece and our hairstylist hot-glued white feathers onto it, then incorporated it into the model’s hair using bobby pins and eyelash glue.
Strobist Info: WL1600(2) cam right into v flat gelled 1/4 CTB @1/2. WL1600(2) info v flat cam left gelled 1/4 CTO @1/2. WL1600 above model into med. strip box gridded @1/4. WL800(2) into ceiling for fill @1/1. WL1600 cam right into beauty dish @1/16
Paying attention to your light ratios and spot metering will make a big difference with your images. Gels are also a great way to warm up or add cooler tones.
We had a great shot to start out with for this image. Retouching, color toning, and replacing the background gives it much more of an effect to transform it into a stylized fantasy portrait. The most important part about putting a new background on a portrait is getting a great selection around your subject. Once that is accomplished the color tones need to match as well, paying attention to details will make all the difference.
Half price this weekend! Learn to take a studio portrait and turn it into a piece of art in this 1:20 Hr long tutorial. You will learn skin retouching, background replacement, coloring, texturing and more!
Bonus: 5 free textures, 2 actions, and 2 brushes included.
Makeup: Mary Cerjan
Hair: Jessica Tiddes
Model: Madeline Dahlia
Assist: Zach Spinner
Production: Amelia Fletcher
Video: Joh White