Portraiture

Behind the scenes, pregnancy lighting.

Morning,

I hope that you have enjoyed this week of pregnancy images that i have posted.

Today i thought id share some behind the scenes images and some thoughts with the lighting used.

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Fuji XT1 f5.6 1/30 ISO 800

As you can see from the above image, these were taken in my cramped dinning room. Even without a large space, using a little imagination and being creative with your space, you can create some nice images.

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Nikon D800 f5.6 1/200 ISO 100

The important part i find is to light your subject how your like. Once lit well, then you can play with the background and try different things.

The above images are straight out of the camera. RAW files converted to JPGS.

Image on the left - the background was lit with a strobe covered with a red gell. Personally i didn't like this too much and so didn't process this.

The middle image - is obvious. I turned off the background light and so it rendered to black.

Image on the right - i turned the background light around and it shone on to the subject, bouncing back to illuminate the background.

The black background and the grey one, were processed to make the image have a little more interest. If you would like me to show in a future post how i did that, then please let me know.

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Nikon D800 f1.6 1/80 ISO 100 

The above images were not shown in the week, but thought id share them for a little fun.

They were lit, with a simple over head projector. The sort that were used in schools.

I printed on clear plastic an image of blossom i found on a stock image site.

No fancy photoshop here, just an image using a projector.

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Here is the lighting set up used for the bellow image. The bellow image is unprocessed. A converted RAW file again to JPG.

To create the lines on the background i used a venetian blind that i purchased from B@Q a while ago.

(It was defective and on sale for a fiver, result!)

The lights.

A - Nikon sb900 flashed through the blind to create the background. It was flagged to prevent spill onto the subject.

B- Nikon sb900 through a honey comb grid. To illuminate the bump.

C - Elinchrom Quadra through a snoot to add a touch of light on the face.

D - Elinchrom Ranger through another grid, to add some light on to the hair.

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Nikon D800 f5.6 1/200 ISO 100

This was a fairly extensive lighting set up. It took a bit of time to set up, one light at a time.

When setting up lights like this, the subject has very little room to move. And so the set up takes patients from both parties. If your subject moves it can throw everything out.

Once the lights are set, relax. Make your subject relax and enjoy what you create!

I hope that you have enjoyed this week, viewing some work quite different from my norm.

Many thanks.

Lee.

Pregnancy week.

Nikon D800 F5.6 1/200 ISO 100

Morning, thought id share each day this week an image that i have recently taken of my better half.

Thought id kick off with this one, lit with a key, back and hair light. Nothing on the back ground rendering it to absolute black.

Ill post at the end of the week a behind the scenes with the lighting rig.

Thanks

Composite with a snow machine in the garden.

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   Nikon D800 f10 1/125th ISO 100

Good morning, hope that you had a good weekend.

The above is an image that i wanted to play with for a little while now, i have been commissioned to take a portrait of someone advertising a snow jacket.

Where possible i like to do a run of the shoot before the client, to iron out anything the comes up, plus gives their design department a good idea of the finished product and we can tweak it to their taste and needs.

lee ramsden, behind the scene off camera lighting elinchrom rotalux deep octa

  Nikon D800 f10 1/125th ISO100

This was the set up, pretty straight forward really. Two light sources, both camera left. The elinchrom ranger in a large octa positioned in front of myself, so the light was feathered and soft.

with a bare elinchrom quadra behind back lighting the snow.

With a snow machine you can see on the left of the image.

The image was shot with grey paper background intentionally to aid in the photoshop work afterwards.

Image set up and execution around 45 mins, and all photoshop work an hour and half.

Some times these images can take a lot more, but having the final goal in your mind and through experience you can achieve that goal much quicker and have a nicer final product.

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  Nikon D800 f10 1/125th ISO 100

Sharrow Bay Hotel Lake District.

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Fuji film X-pro1 - f5 1/60th ISO200

Hi all, well it has been some time since i have last posted. Many things have changed since i last spoke.

I have a new job working on the Shetland isles, and my free time has been involving working on the house, playing with the little one and I have an additional blog on the go with family images. There are a few things in the pipe line for this blog, so bare with and i hope to post more soon.

These images are from a get away recently to Sharrow Bay hotel. Check out their

website

Fantastic place. Luxury rooms and a menu to die for.

Sharrow Bay Hotel room review booking

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Sharrow Bay Hotel Lake District fine china plate

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Sharrow Bay Hotel afternoon tea and cakes

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Sharrow Bay Hotel Lake District Ulswater

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Whilst making the Christmas image.

While i was trying the create the Christmas image, i really wanted to show some movement, and so i tried using continuous light and a slow shutter speed, while a strobe on rear curtain sync pops to freeze some motion.

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Here is the image, i thought that it would work with, but proved to be a nightmare to select the movement and remove from this image. Next time i try this technique i feel a studio and back drop will be required to play with.

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 Me playing with painting with light. This image i have a continuous light on as well as the strobe to create two of me in the single shot. Used the torch app on the iPhone to paint with.

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 Here i turned off the continuous light and only used a strobe on rear curtain sync to illuminate me at the end of the letter, rather then the start. 

Double light exposure Christmas fun tutorial

Playing about.

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 Playing with colour as well as two light sources.

This is a single image rather then a photoshop creation.

Christmas picture editor

My new little photo editor is a hard one to please :)

Pregnancy.

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Hello... 

I hope that you are well and have had  a great weekend.

The Mrs and i are extremely happy to announce that there will be a little person with us soon.

 

For this shoot i booked us into the suite at the Hilton hotel in Leeds, I used a continuous Lupolux light and natural window light diffused through the net curtains. 

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The Edit of the Tash image.

Bearded Lee Ramsden

Following this image, i thought i would post on how i got to this final image from the out of camera shot below. I have included many screen grabs to try and explain how i got to the finished image. 

Bearded Lee Ramsden photoshop tutorial layers

Here is the original image, taken in my front room. You can see the TV on the left, but knowing that i wanted to do a cut out, i placed a piece of white card behind me to make life easier later on in photoshop. 

To make the cut out, i make a rough selection with the quick selection tool.

Then click onto the refine edge button.

Here photoshop opens up new dialogue box, I use the brush tool to paint around the edge, and photoshop does an amazing job of making a tighter selection. It works on contrast, and hence why i added the white card at the start so my hair and skin would stand out better.

Once you are happy with your selection i output to a new layer with a layer mask.

I added a blank layer, using the gradation tool made a spot light effect background.

Here i did some dodge and burning to the clothing and skin.

If you compare this image to the one above, the lighting on the neck is harsh and unpleasing to the eye.

with all these little tweaks they are only very subtle but they add up and make the final image nicer to the eye.

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I wanted to add some texture so my hair and shirt. 

Looks good doesnt it..... Nope of course not, but when adding a filter to an image you need to be selective with it. 

Here i added a layer mask and painted back where i wanted the texture to be.

Now to work on the background, I thought the background is flat not working, and so i am adding a texture. I quite like this pattern.

By playing with the Opacity and Blend modes you can create very different looks.

This back ground is the same as the image about but by dropping the Opacity to 40% it is much more subtle.

The blend mode is now set to soft light. I checked them all out, but this one was the nicest.

The background i felt was too smooth and so needed to be roughed up a little.

I added this texture of a stone wall to the image.

Again play with the Opacity and blend modes, to make slight subtle changes.

The colour i felt needed to be spiced up a tad.

I added a saturation adjustment layer. But by clipping this layer to the one below it then only effects the background.

 Here is the finished image.

I appreciate that i move pretty fast from layer to layer.

If you are getting lost or confused by any stage please feel free to comment or contact me and i will explain a stage in greater detail.

Thanks. 

Facial Hair.

As a lot of you guys will know, i have just turned 30 yrs old. 

While i was away offshore with work it dawned on me that since i have started shaving (from about the age of 6!) i have never gone longer then 4 days without being clean shaven.  With spending a month away at work i decided that i would not shave. 

Here are a couple of images of me playing around with some face hair.  

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Lee Ramsden with a beard and clean shaven

 

Here is me going from a hairy creature to a clean suited individual.

The mrs goes Manga.

The girlfriend has some amazing talent with makeup, and is always looking to do shoots, so she can try out different ideas. 

With the new purchase of a new more powerful light, I'm always looking at practicing and trying new things, which works nicely together.

Here are a few images of Kelly with Manga eyes, which are drawn on by herself which i thought takes some talent on its own. 

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 one light to the left. 

Kelly Moss Manga black and white in front of roller shutter door

One light to the left, with a speed light on the right.  

Kelly Moss Manga eye rear strobe light

One light directly above in a large Octa box, with a speed light coming from behind.  

Kelly Moss Manga eyes illuminating through fire escape stair case

 One light directly above in a large Octa box, with a speed light coming from behind.  

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Lit with only one speed light.  

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Octa box to the right, and a speed light to the left. 

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Octa box to the right, and a speed light to the left. 

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 Octa box to the right, and a speed light to the left. 

Kelly Ramsden Moss Manga eyes many faces different looks

These were all shot in my front room. Large Octa on the right, Speed light through a soft box to the left and a bare speed light onto the wall behind. 

Damien Lovegrove's speed light street portraiture class.

I have attended one of Damien Lovegrove's Speed lighting course and was thoroughly impressed, 

It was set in Bristol, which is a good 3hr drive for me. 

On route the rain was bouncing so hard that visibility was near to none...

Arriving in Bristol the weather was grey, murky and dull... Where any normal person would go, forget this, kit back in the bag and go home. So i was very intrigued to see how Damien ticks in conditions like these... and from the images i was gob smacked, a lot even look like a glorious sunny day. 

Damien runs many courses, all over the world and so be sure to keep checking his

training website

and see if he is near you! 

Damien's bio - 

"Damien learned his trade as a cameraman and lighting director during 14 years at the BBC, working on programmes such as the Clothes Show, Top of the Pops and Casualty. Days off from filming were often spent taking photographs for a variety of top name clients including Peugeot, Motorola, and Adidas.

Then Julie made an entrance in his life and he realised that photography wasn't the only thing he was passionate about! She comes a very close second (yes, that is a joke) and anyone who has met Damien can't fail to be inspired and motivated by his enthusiasm for his second career. So much so that once you get him started on a subject it's hard to shut him up...

Fifteen years on, Damien has become one of the foremost trainers of photography and entrepreneurial business strategies in our industry. A published writer and regular columnist, Damien has traveled the globe sharing his knowledge and expertise.

NEWS: The Guild of Photographers has given it's ultimate accolade, that of 'Master of the Craft' to Damien Lovegrove in recognition of his skills and commitment to the art of photography and the training thereof. The award has only been given to 5 other photographers throughout the world! "

As you can see, not only can Damien talk the talk, he walks the walk better than most. 

Ive been a fan of his images for some time now, and so to see him work was fantastic. 

Its been said before, but if you want to be the best, you have to learn from the best. 

- All the following images were taken on a course... The lighting positions, model, locations were all chosen by Damien. -

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Damien Lovegrove model teaching how to use off camera flash
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Damien Lovegrove setting up lights using a fuji X-pro1
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Damien Lovegrove reflection on hotel wall

This one i like, as other then the B+W processing, the effect was created in camera.