Tim's actor style headshots

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Along with the hoodie and 'weight' images posted earlier, which I did for fun, we made some headshots for Tim's portfolio. Here are the first two chosen by his agency.

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I know these are 9x12, but that is what I was asked to produce. I always do my master edits at the full camera frame, so alternate crops are not an issue. These may look a little soft in web size because I did no sharpening. In fact I did no sharpening at all from the RAW data to the final print size images. The 70-200mm and the D200 are tack sharp.

As usual for this kind of shot, no skin processing either. Just a touch of patch tool to remove a (temporary) blemish here and there.

Comments appreciated as always.
 
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Both great, but the first one really shows personality - a very warm, rich smile. Eyes are great too. The grey isn't fighting his skin tones for attention. He should send some full body shots for modeling as well.
 
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That's mighty fine work Scott. Can you share a lighting diagram? I'm doing more and more of this kind of shooting and can use all the help I can get.

Thanks.
 
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Thanks for all the comments. I'll post a diagram later tonight. Don't be shocked if it's a single light setup :biggrin:
 
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Well I need to admit I did have more than one light on for this shot but the subject was lit with a single 48" octobox and two reflectors

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A few notes:

- The two rectangle boxes are 30x60 and used to light the BG since the subject is 15 feet from the rear wall. I did not meter them but used my eyes and test shots to get the level I wanted.

- The bookend is white and not black. I was lazy and didn't want to change the color on the diagram.

- There was another white reflector parallel to the floor at lap level for fill.

- I edited the iris' to remove the reflections of the reflectors.
 
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Last one. The 8x10 for his resume.

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Check the Film Forum in a few days for the Portra 160NC images.

Next comes Astia :cool:
 
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Scott,
Thanks for taking the time to map it out. Great stuff and the 8X10 is textbook for great headshot lighting. What were the lap level reflectors sitting on/mounted to?
 
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I put it on a posing stool that sits just above the subjects lap and they can lean over it a bit. KMH had some sort of boom arm with a clamp that held his. Some day I might get industrious and make one for myself. It's just a sheet of foamcore that's about 30x40.
 

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