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Confidential
Shyla Jennings
M a g a z S i h n o e o t

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Shyla Jennings Magazine Shoot!


These pictures of Shyla Jennings were shot and licensed to a mens magazine. I dont normally do much with magazines because in this day and age, magazines are on the downswing. Budgets are shrinking and it takes longer and longer to get paid by them. For the most part we avoid magazine work entirely but every once in a while well take on an assignment or license some of our work to a magazine. Shyla is a beautiful and petite gal from Texas. Ive shot her once before for another client and really enjoyed our time together. One thing about her is that she loves to laugh and have fun. Knowing this, I tend to act silly around her in order to keep her laughing and in a good mood. Youll see this if you decide to purchase the BTS (behind the scenes) video that we have available of this shoot. If youve been given a copy of this eBook and would like to join my VIP Newsletter Mailing List to get free eBooks in the future, you can join it by going to: ProGlamour.com/newsletter.html and signing up. You can unsubscribe at any time and Ill never share your email with anyone - promise! This shoot was done in a rented mansion here in Los Angeles. Its one of my favorite places and those whove attended my workshops will recognize it. I have several places here in LA that I rent on a regular basis but after years of shooting in them, it forces me to be more and more creative within the space that I have to work in. This set is no exception. For this set, I didnt initially have any idea in my mind of what we would do. I try not to preplan too much in advance as doing so can keep me from being open and not allow for inspiration. Sometimes I like to play it by ear and see what develops and this is exactly how this set came to be.

2011 Capture Productions | ProGlamour.com

2011 Capture Productions | ProGlamour.com

While Shyla was in the hair/makeup chair, one of my assistants was going through her wardrobe to see what she brought that we could use. We also carry wardrobe to our shoots but its always nice to see what the models bring. I spotted this top and loved the colors right away. Purple and different shades of blue. My only issue was where would we use it? The mansion that we were in offered nothing in the way of colors that would compliment this garment. So, I decided to check our colored gels to see what we had available. Ive been known to throw colored light on the background to compliment an outt that a model was wearing and was just wondering if it would work in this instance as well. As I began to dig around our collection of colored gels, a purple gel jumped out at me. It was the same color as the purple in the wardrobe, which was GREAT. Now to see if I could nd some blueish colors that would work. Within a few minutes I found a blue that I thought would work. I immediately decided to use two ash units on the background. One ash would come in from the side with a purple gel and the other would come in from the other side with a blue gel. Before we started setting up the other lights, we did some test shots using the gels on the background just to see how it would look. After a few test shots, it was apparent to me that this could work...and we proceeded to move forward with setting up the other lights. The purple and blue background lights were not metered. We just dialed the power up or down to taste. Using gels on backgrounds takes some skill because if the light from your main is able to reach the background, it will wash out the color. The only way to ensure rich vivid color is to make sure that no light from the main or accents are able to get to the background. This kind of set up must be fully controllable in order for it to work. It takes time and patience to set it up. Now that the background lights are set up, its time to think about accent lighting and a main light.

2011 Capture Productions | ProGlamour.com

2011 Capture Productions | ProGlamour.com

For accents, I decided to go with my favorites, two small strip lights by Photoex. I decided to put one on either side of Shyla and placed low. I thought theyd be perfect for adding a beautiful accent up and down her legs. We put grids in the boxes and added a 1/2 warm gel to the fronts of the boxes. I decided to add another light higher to act as a hair light. I needed something to separate her darker hair from the background. We put this light behind her and up high over her right shoulder so that it came down on her hair & shoulders. For this light we used a 40-degree grid and a full warm gel. Now we needed a mainlight. First we tried a 5-ft round softbox. After doing some test shots we realized that too much of the light was going past the model and getting to the background, thereby desaturating our colors. We needed a main light that we could feather across the model but would not reach the background. I suggested that we use our large strip light on a boom. My assistants got that set up and we did some test shots with it and it was almost good to go. There was still a bit of light from the main hitting the background and washing out the colors. Our only option was to keep feathering the light more and more across the model in an effort to keep it from reaching the background. Luckily, as we feathered the light across the front of our model, the light would hit a white wall on the other side and ll in the shadows on our model - which was very nice. That would ensure that our light was not too contrasty. Half hour of tweaking this out and we were almost set to go..... Many of our shoots just fall right together. We evaluate the set, decided on lighting and it just comes together beautifully. But sometimes we really have to work for it because it doesnt seem to want to fall together as easily. This is an example of how sometimes difcult set ups can turn out nice. Trying to match up the gels with her wardrobe, getting the right output on those lights and ghting with the main light were the biggest challenges on this set up. Luckily I have a great crew of three who have been with me for years now and between us all, we can gure out just about any situation. Tip: Find yourself some great help and your work will begin to shine and take you to new places!

2011 Capture Productions | ProGlamour.com

2011 Capture Productions | ProGlamour.com

2011 Capture Productions | ProGlamour.com

After shooting a few more test shots, I noticed that I wanted just a bit more light in the background, down low under the dining room table. I had a thought that with all these cooler tones in the background, maybe some warm light would look nice. I decided to use a 1000 watt tungsten light and see how that looked. One of my assistants mounted it to a stand with a boom and lowered it down enough to shoot thru the legs of the table. Its barely noticeable but provided just enough warm light to keep the background from going too dark in that area and to add just a sparkle of interest.

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7 reector w/grid & warming gel Purple Gel on background Blue Gel on background

1000 watt tungsten

Small strip light w/grid & half warming gel

Small strip light w/grid & half warming gel

2011 Capture Productions | ProGlamour.com

For exposure, I used F4, F5.6 and F8 on these pictures...and a shutter of 1/125. Since I handhold everything, internal stabilization is always turned on for this lens. ISO setting was 200. The output of our accent and background lights were adjusted to taste. Not every light in your set up needs to be metered. Let your eye make some decisions as well. Model accent lights are better adjusted by your eye. Your meter doesnt know if your model is light skinned or dark skinned. Your meter doesnt know if your model has bleach blonde hair or black hair. Set up your accents, do some test shots, evaluate and decide if you need more or less light. Backgrounds are the same. If youre using background lights, just set them up and re off a couple of test shots and adjust to taste. The most important light in your whole set is your main light. Thats the light that you want to make sure is *perfectly* exposed. Thats also the light that you want to make sure stays perfectly exposed. If your model is moving around, have an assistant there to constantly meter her light to make sure that she is exposed correctly. My assistant will meter about every 10-20 shots. We constantly keep an eye on our lighting because consistency is very important for post-processing. If the accents or background lights are a bit down or up, its usually not that big a deal. But if the main light is up or down, Ill have to adjust that in post and it could really take a long time to do considering I usually shoot hundreds of pictures per set. Keeping our main light consistent allows us to quickly and efciently process our pictures for maximum impact! These pictures of Shyla were shot in raw format, processed using Adobe Bridge and Photoshop, the same as I process all my work as clearly described in my skintone video tutorial: Skintone Madness.

2011 Capture Productions | ProGlamour.com

2011 Capture Productions | ProGlamour.com

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Final Exposure: ISO 200, 1/125 shutter speed and F4, F5.6 and F8 aperture! Heres a rundown of the equipment used: Camera: Canon 5D (older model) Lens: Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS Meter: Sekonic L-358 Flash Master Meter Main light: Speedotron Force 10 w/large Photoex strip light Accent lights: Speedotron Force 5s w/Photoex small strip light & warming gel Background lights: Speedotron Force 5 w/purple gel and another w/blue gel. Also used a 1000 watt tungsten light under the diningroom table. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thanks very much friends and remember, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me - I love hearing from you. The best way to reach me is on the ProGlamour.com discussion board. You can nd that at: http://ProGlamour.com/forum/ Thanks again and PLEASE forward this eBook to any of your friends that may share your love for Glam/Nude Photography! Cheers & Happy Shooting!!!!!

Dean Capture

2011 Capture Productions | ProGlamour.com