glowing skin? how to achieve this affect...

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    third_shift|studios TPF Noob!

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    Hi,
    I'm going to be shooting a nude model in the coming weeks and I wanted her skin to have a bit of a soft glow to it. My biggest issue is lack of equipment-simply a sony dSLR and homemade bounce card. We'll be shooting on a bed by window light. Oh yeah, so as to diffuse the whole thing, i was going to drape some nylon over the camera lens. Probably going to shoot color but output them as B&W.

    I'm thinking use babyoil or skin cream on her to achive the "glow"? Thanks for anyones input!
     
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    Honestly, post process with picasa, use the glow effect. Without more lights it will be hard to get a glow straight up. lotion/moisturizer with help, but without more light it won't do much.
     
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    There are several articles about shooting nudes in one of the major photo mags right now.. pop on over to the book store for a few hours and check it out if you can. :thumbup:

    As for as the Effect, great that you are doing it in camera! I'm such a PS freak I thought for sure you were looking for post techniques.

    -Shea
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I've only ever "done" nude photos in my mind. Never in reality (for lack of a willing model, and I myself no good for such photos any longer :oops: ), but I've always imagined working with a hidden desklight behind my assumed model for the "outline" effect. But, like I said, I've never so far tried it so I don't know if it WOULD work....
     
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    third_shift|studios TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for all your feedback! Sounds like a lot of just speculation so far...i don't have Picasa? I'd like to do it all in camera, sounds like it'll be some trial N error.
     
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    a diffusion filter on your camera perhaps?.. or go DIY, smear a little petroleum jelly (Vasaline) on to an old skylight filter or something like that.. can add and remove as required.
     
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    PIcasa 2 is free. Google it.

    Simply put, without lighting, it's going to be hard to achieve this look naturally. I would recommend using the window as your main light source, and then bouncing some light off of her using a reflector:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rembrandt_lighting
     
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    lol, i said that, hoss!
     
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    Digital so awesome! :thumbup:

    Not having to worry about film, taking literally thousand of shots with no worries . . . ahhhh yes.

    :mrgreen:
     
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