This work was undertaken as Lipgloss and Lenses – this is a blog post covering the Photography aspects of the shoot.
I’ve recently undertaken a new project following a desire I have had to produce a set of images that fit into an image of a photograph I have in my head, and for the life of me can’t find in any of my books or publications. I’m beginning to think it was a dream. The image was of the back view of a model sitting in a basque on a plinth with sheets draped around her , in black and white, an image that was taken in the 1930’s.
I’ve researched and searched for similar images, studied the lighting and poses. I organised for two lovely models to pose for me, one dark and the other fairer in complexion and colouring.
I set up the studio with a key light to the left of the set, fill light to the left and with hair light / overhead light set to mimic a ceiling light. In some of the images I also used two lights to light the background to give a more ethereal look to the images.
Using both Nikon D200 and Nikon D7000 and fixed lenses Nikor 50mm 1.8 and Nikor 80mm 1.8 to add to the sharpness and depth of field of the images.
Lisa made up both the girls in a Vintage inspired manner. The models either brought their own basques to ensure good fitting or kindly begged and borrowed from Kiku Boutique.
Here are a few of the original images:
Now on working with the girls, we decided to try making the images look a little more aged, similar to the images that a lot of camera phone users are used to seeing, the the plethora of apps available for in camera alterations. Although going against the ‘rule’s of photography the model’s were very pleased with the end result. Hey, aren’t rules there for breaking?!
I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts on which you prefer and why. All comments appreciated. Thanks.
Here are the same images but with the Vintage treatment performed in aperture: