May 18, 2012

Taylor #5

Obviously, today’s photo is a Joel Grimes rip-off.  Unlike Joel’s photos, this photo is not a composite with the background being an HDR photo. 
The lighting is pretty straight forward as you can see by the diagram.  The only difficult part of the lighting is making sure that the two rim lights (SB800s) are pointed at the same direction and are at the same power settings.  This required some fine tune adjusting to get it just right.  The Elinchrom Beauty Dish with a diffuser was attached to a pole and held in-front and above Taylor’s face
Camera settings:  Nikon D3x on a tripod, Nikon 85mm f/1.4 at ISO 100, f/4 at 1/60th of a second with two Elinchrom Quadra flashes—one positioned in front of her and the other behind her as a hair light.
Post Processing:  
Lightroom 4—increased clarity and vibrance and did some basic dodging and burning various parts of the photo and used adjustment brush to cool temperature of background so that it would appear bluer than it actually was.
Photoshop CS5—ran nik Color Efex Pro glamour glow filter.


  1. Not a perfect Joe Grimes rip-off, but still a most interesting photo. Like it.

  2. Awesome portrait. Love everything about it. Lighting really is sweet. The ability to modify temp & hue with the adjustment brush in LR4 is pretty nice too.

  3. Bold look. Love it!

  4. I like this a lot. It has a real edgy feel to it. Taylor's expression matches the feel of the photo.

  5. Thanks for the lighting diagram. It adds a lot to the post. Pix is pretty neat one.

  6. Joel Grimes often cuts the top of the subject's head off. Looking at your photo, I cannot help but wonder if it would be a better photo using this technique.

  7. I like this a lot. I was wondering if you intended for the background to have a gradient from left to right. It makes it look like it was created by the ambient light.