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    This one is for Vladimir

    Vladimir,
    Per your inquiry the other day in my pro photo look thread, I made this BillGekasesque photo.
    Made with one 28" soft box with one YN-560 with YN trigger, one YN-560 as optical slave with home made cheezit box/cocktail straw snoot, one promaster reflector I got for Christmas, one curtain from my living room window, and one free copy of the GIMP.
    I think from this, you can see that the answer to your question 'can I make photos like this', the answer is yes!

    Then again, you may disagree with my results. What do you think?

    This one is for Vladimir

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    Vladimir,
    Per your inquiry the other day in my pro photo look thread, I made this BillGekasesque photo.
    Brian Brian Brian - you just can't take one look at someone elses quality work, and expect to emulate it overnight!

    Oh - you already have - OK forget what I just said


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    Re: This one is for Vladimir

    Colin, I am very flattered by your comment! I realize I still have much room for improvement, but I am improving

    P.S. keep an eye out for my next emulation of my favorite portrait artist, which I plan to call Colinesque II.

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    Re: This one is for Vladimir

    Looks like pro work to me Brian. Excellent lighting and tone control from side to side. Very well done.

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    Re: This one is for Vladimir

    Thanks Andrew!
    I once spent an entire day driving up Fraser Valley - I will never forget that awesome drive
    I didn't have time to detour to the island though

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    Colin, I am very flattered by your comment! I realize I still have much room for improvement, but I am improving
    Hi Brian,

    You're doing just fine - and it gets easier and easier with practice and experience - and the results get more consistent. I did a staff shoot the other day - get the lighting up as per usual - set the reflectors up. Used a light meter to tweak the levels (although close, again from memory) - took the first shot and - no need to adjust anything. In post-processing - again - no adjustments to levels. Next day I way shooting some dresses for a catalog - same deal - just too easy

    P.S. keep an eye out for my next emulation of my favorite portrait artist, which I plan to call Colinesque II.
    Very flattering, although why anyone would want to copy this boring old f**t I'll never know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew1 View Post
    Looks like pro work to me Brian. Excellent lighting and tone control from side to side. Very well done.
    +1 to that.

    My personal test is "how would this look printed on canvas & hung on a wall" - and the answer to that in this case is "great". Definately pro quality.

    PS: Sorry - one small thing ... I think the blue shirt is slightly distracting - how do you think it might look desaturated to grey?

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    Re: This one is for Vladimir

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    Re: This one is for Vladimir

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    PS: Sorry - one small thing ... I think the blue shirt is slightly distracting - how do you think it might look desaturated to grey?
    That is SO funny! After I did a couple of test photos, I told my son hey, let's go look at some different shirts in you closet!
    Well, I did find a grey shirt and was thinking hey that would look good, but apparently my 12 year old (this is his birthday photo) had outgrown it, so we stuck with the blue
    I will give your saturation idea a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    That is SO funny! After I did a couple of test photos, I told my son hey, let's go look at some different shirts in you closet!
    Well, I did find a grey shirt and was thinking hey that would look good, but apparently my 12 year old (this is his birthday photo) had outgrown it, so we stuck with the blue
    I will give your saturation idea a try.
    Selecting shirts and changing the hue can be used for all sorts of things - including punishments; had a chappie once who liked to give me a hard time -- by the time I'd finished retouching his photo, his "business blue" shirt was a VERY bright PINK

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    Re: This one is for Vladimir

    Like the experts above are saying (or sort-of saying) - You're scoring bullseyes now. Excellent work.

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    Re: This one is for Vladimir

    Colin,
    I tried to desaturate JUST his under shirt, but then I thought the blue in his flannel shirt looked off, so I desaturated it too, and thought, well that looks odd all grey like that, so I ended up desaturating the T and the flannel by 60%. I do like this version better and I thank you for the idea.
    Note, when I showed this photo to my wife, the first thing she said was "he looks like he has a black eye" lol, which actually now that she said that, he does! Don't you hate when people do that!? So I touched up his face around his left eye too

    This one is for Vladimir

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    Re: This one is for Vladimir

    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    Like the experts above are saying (or sort-of saying) - You're scoring bullseyes now. Excellent work.
    Thanks Donald

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    Re: This one is for Vladimir

    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    Vladimir,
    Per your inquiry the other day in my pro photo look thread, I made this BillGekasesque photo.
    Made with one 28" soft box with one YN-560 with YN trigger, one YN-560 as optical slave with home made cheezit box/cocktail straw snoot, one promaster reflector I got for Christmas, one curtain from my living room window, and one free copy of the GIMP.
    I think from this, you can see that the answer to your question 'can I make photos like this', the answer is yes!

    Then again, you may disagree with my results. What do you think?

    This one is for Vladimir
    I am totally flattered to have a thread addressed to me personally!
    I am totally happy to have inspired you to produce a wonderful birthday photo for your son! (Of course - the "inspiration" credit belongs to Mr. Bill G. more than it belongs to me, but still... )
    It's totally Pro looking!
    I am totally sorry to not have noticed this thread for a couple of days. Please, send me a PM next time you dedicate a thread to me , or I may miss it completely...
    When I can produce a photo like this - I'll feel much better about myself as a photographer.
    I think it's very very well done!

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    Re: This one is for Vladimir

    Thanks Vladimir.
    I am thankful to you for showing me a cool website and indeed you did inspire this photo, not Mr. Gekas. (I do appreciate his photography).
    I will be most thankful when YOU fulfill your ambition

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    Re: This one is for Vladimir

    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    Colin,
    I tried to desaturate JUST his under shirt, but then I thought the blue in his flannel shirt looked off, so I desaturated it too, and thought, well that looks odd all grey like that, so I ended up desaturating the T and the flannel by 60%. I do like this version better and I thank you for the idea.
    Note, when I showed this photo to my wife, the first thing she said was "he looks like he has a black eye" lol, which actually now that she said that, he does! Don't you hate when people do that!? So I touched up his face around his left eye too

    This one is for Vladimir
    Hi Brian,

    I was thinking just the "under-shirt" (if that's what you call them!) (just put a selection around it) - but I think your idea probably works slightly better as it stops the colour of the shirts drawing the eye away from the face.

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    Re: This one is for Vladimir

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    Hi Brian,

    I was thinking just the "under-shirt" (if that's what you call them!) (just put a selection around it) - but I think your idea probably works slightly better as it stops the colour of the shirts drawing the eye away from the face.
    T-shirt more commonly, though I wasn't sure if you used that terminology on your side of the world
    Have a great day!

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