As Steve Schuenke indicated over at his blog, last Friday, we took photos of the lovely Kelly Crabb. Before we started, she indicated that she wanted some “action” shots of her with a little grungy background added-in. Being at the Strand in Galveston, I knew that we had the grungy background, but I was not too sure about the action part.
Before I post anything, I want EVERYONE to know that I realize that the focus is somewhat “soft” on the action shots. This is due to a fine combination of stupidity on my part, bad camera technique and not really thinking-out my options before I took the shots—other than that, I did everything perfectly.
The first shot is of Kelly riding a bike that we hijacked from a kitchen working in the restaurant that we were shooting behind. Overall, the idea was good, but there was a couple of problems with the photo besides the soft focus. I had a Nikon SB-800 on each side of Kelly that produced some shadows across her body. A third SB-800 straight in front of her would have eliminate the shadows—not sure why I didn’t think about adding it during the shooting. By shooting her straight on, I made Kelly look a heavier than she is—not a good decision when you are photographing a young, attractive woman.
Camera settings: Nikon D3, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 at 200mm, shot at ISO 200, f/6.7 and 1/125th of a second with two Nikon SB-800 on each side of subject set to 1/4th and 1/8th power and triggered by AlienBee radio triggers.
Lightroom—Set white and black points, added mid-tone contrast, added overall clarity and vibrance to image and adjusted brightness, clarity.
Photoshop—used nik Color Efex Pro tonal contrast to add detail by increasing the contrast in the highlights, mid-tones and shadows.