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Bikini session, first draft


Here is a photo from my session with a bikini model for a Swedish swimwear brand called To Die For. The assignment was similar to when I did clothing photography for another brand called FvHast. Here is a step-by-step blog post on how I did that.

The main difference was of course that this session had more skin visible, but I approached it in about the same way. I used a four-light setup and my new Nikon D800 with a 24-70/2.8 lens. The photo above is just adjusted quickly in Lightroom before I sent the whole batch to the client. Later I will remove the background and fix it up nicely in Photoshop.

Will write a more detailed report on the workflow and the setup I used later.

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  • José Tomás Tocino June 7, 2012, 17:57

    I like the picture. I saw it on your fb page the other day, and agree with you about the legs being, like desaturated a bit or something.

    Also, did you consider using a softer light source? I find the shadows under the chin a little bit hard for my taste.

  • find a career in digital photos June 7, 2012, 21:21

    Hmm it appears like your site ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any recommendations for newbie blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

  • Stefan Tell June 7, 2012, 23:55

    José: First, I wanted to use a Magnum as my main light, but that would have clashed too much with their other photos, so I switched to the Octa. My first tries felt a bit too soft and lacked contrast, but when I removed the inner diffusion from it, I think the shadows looked good. In my taste, that is. Especially as the fill lets a lot of detail still be there.

    As for recommendations regarding creating a blog, I would say that my best advice is to produce your own content. That works for me.

    But, there are others that succesfully focus on a certain subject and just collects from a lot of interesting sources, for example http://www.iso1200.com/

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