3 Time Beard Champion Portraits + My First Homemade Painted Canvas Backdrop **new photos added

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  1. DanOstergren

    DanOstergren Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    This week I worked with the very talented hair/makeup artist Sarah and my bearded friend Madison to create some photos for an award that Sarah has been nominated for (Best Men's Hairstylist in the NW). I also got to use my new canvas backdrop for the first time, which I made myself a few weeks ago. The main focus of this shoot was hair, but I also wanted to make sure I got some good portraits of Madison as well.

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    Also some BTS shots.
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    For lighting, there was a large window to camera left with open sky (non direct sunlight), and the hair/makeup artist randomly brought a constant ring light that I used with a gold diffuser to add another layer to the lighting.
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    My best friend works in a high end paint store and is able to give me a veeeery generous discount on supplies, so I plan on making many more backdrops like this one. It has three coats of primer, and various coats of greens and greys. It took me a a full day to make from start to finish, and I'm able to roll it up and store it in a big PVC pipe that I capped on both ends. The cost of supplies for this one was roughly $140, but there is plenty of leftover paint, primer and other materials leftover that all I would need to do is spend about $45 in order to make the next one, which will likely be about 4 feet longer on the long edge. This one is 6ft by 9ft.
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    zulu42 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Very Nice! Seems like the mixed lighting brought out more nice tones in the hair and beard. I like the backdrop. Hard to tell from the photos, is it one color or is there some gradient to it? Is it a cotton canvas? Thanks :)
     
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    Good Lord... now that is one impressive beard!
     
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    Yes great light on the hair and beard - bravo!

    Love the backdrop colors. It goes well with your usual warm skin tones. Is that a painter's drop cloth that you used to make this?
     
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    DanOstergren Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Thank you. The gradient was caused by the warm lighting from the ring light. It has a grey undercoat, and I painted green over the grey and then wiped a moist t-shirt rag over the green paint before it was completely dry in order to create texture that allowed some of the grey to show though from underneath. I used high quality cotton canvas that I purchased from an art supply store.
     
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    DanOstergren Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I would have thought that he'd have cut if off by now, but he just keeps letting it grow!
     
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    DanOstergren Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Thank you so much!

    When picking the colors for the backdrop I specifically made a point to see how each individual color looked against mine and my best friend's skin.
    For the canvas I went to an art supply store and bought some of their highest quality cotton canvas. I took every step to make sure this backdrop would be high archival quality.
     
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    DanOstergren Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Bump, added new photos (and removed the original)
     
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    Great beard, great shots.
     
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    Excellent set. His beard has grown in ft. since your last shoot. I love it that you use an older camera body and one lens. You are an impressive photog Dan.
     
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    As portriats, #1 and #8 are my favorites. Eye contact makes them much more compelling for me. For showcasing the beard and hair, I like #5 or #6.
     
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    Great work as always and wow, a really nice job on that backdrop!
     
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