Portrait Contouring Light Challenge

Discussion in 'Photo Assignments & Technical Challenges' started by DanOstergren, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. ronlane

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    @smoke665 - If you have the wig head, then get some paint, flat black or a medium grey and paint it. That way you can see both the shadows and the highlights. (I got this idea from Tony Corbell, he has one he calls "Headley")


     
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    Here is the video of Tony Corbell working with one skip to about 18:50 to see the head.
     
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    I wish I were more interested in doing portraiture so I could try this. It's clearly a technique that works well and I'd be thrilled at the chance to learn how to get portraits to be as good as yours, Dan. You think I could try it on my cats? ;)

    I dunno, maybe I'll step out of my comfort zone and actually try to shoot a portrait one of these days. When I do, I'll come back and post!
     
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    oh lol of course it isn't!

    I read this when you posted it and came back after a day or so... because I always think of you in terms of retouching I just went with my thoughts :)

    sorry, continue!
     
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    ok people.
    i think things are cleaned up here, so no more disruptions to this thread please.


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    Well, my black mannequin head should be delivered tomorrow. Really stoked about this project. My goal is to gain an understanding / control on directing natural light.

    Should I add my project results in this thread or start a new one?
     
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  8. DanOstergren

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    Yes absolutely, but definitely try it on a human subject too.
     
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    I will, now I know what to sorta expect.
     
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    DanOstergren Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Hey y'all, don't be afraid to post your results or ask questions here. I know the issue with the makeup diagram kind of killed the momentum here, but please don't let this stop you from giving this technique a try!
     
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    Ok I have one. You've touched on emphasizing facial features, how about lighting to "deemphasise" facial flaws. IE: wrinkles, pores, age spots etc. Higher angles bring out the facial structure but, it can also highlight defects. Comments?
     
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    I would try a white reflector from below to fill them in. Also the light source doesn't necessarily have to be at a very high angle, just high enough to start sculpting.
     

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