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Behind the Scenes: The Crane

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Jun 08

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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.

Lighting Setup

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.

Post Production

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.

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Makeup: Mary Cerjan

Hair: Jessica Tiddes

Model: Madeline Dahlia

Assist: Zach Spinner

Production: Amelia Fletcher

Video: Joh White

  • Itslikeabc

    I don’t want to bitch and moan but a BTS video would be better if it was actually behind the scenes and not some choppy i-know-how-to-do-fast-cuts-in-premiere music video

  • Aaron Brown

    John’s been KILLING these BTS videos for you guys. :)

  • John White

    I got the footage yesterday evening, they wanted it today.  I didnt get to choose what they took video of.  I worked with what I had to make it entertaining. If you are wanting a full BTS video stay tuned to phlearn in the next few months, big announcements in regards to that.  You will be pleased with what is ahead.  Phlearn on! :)

  • fashionrisk

    @ John, I like the video but it does have more of a show reel edit than a BTS video (to me), I look forward to seeing what you guys have in store for BTS!

    @Aaron, you HAVE to let us know what was going on with the oatmeal scrub (or what ever that was).

  • Judy

    What was on her skin?  It doesn’t look like it ended up on the final image?  

  • Waseef Akhtar

    This deserves a thumbs up! I’ve never been this productive.. any tips? you might wanna do an ep about that.

  • Artyom

    Да Просто нет СЛОВ) Как все легко и просто у вас получается ))) ну а на самом то деле нет))

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