Sexy Musician Photo Shoot

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This is an image from a photo shoot I did a few years ago. I decided to post it here in my blog and discuss some of what went into creating it.

In today’s era of iPhone photos and Instagram where you push the button once to get a picture and push one more button to clog the feeds on Instagram – and if all conditions were perfect – you get a halfway decent photos if you can overlook the ever present outstretched arm in the foreground – it’s easy to forget what it takes to create a truly effective image.

This was photographed in Denver’s Historic Lower Downtown District on one of the new bridges. Needless to say at night the light was inadequate and certainly not coming in from the direction I needed.  I wanted hard light coming in that would skim across the models sculpted abs and pop the highlights on the trumpet.

I solved this by setting up studio strobes with battery packs on stands on the bridge to get the light where I wanted it. Then with the camera on a tripod and the model holding absolutely still for the duration of the exposure I did a long exposure calculated to let the background light of the city blend in.

This is a technique made possible in that shutter speed lets more light in over time.  Aperture is not influenced by time.  So I set the aperture to the that needed for the right amount of light of the strobes and the shutter speed to be right for the background light.  Because the flash duration of the strobes is only an instant, it makes no difference in the amount of light on the shutter speed end of the settings and I end up with a perfectly balanced exposure.

No matter how far technology progresses, it won’t replace professional equipment, the know how to use it creatively, and the creativity of those creating the shot.

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  1. La Vie le Gage Coutu June 2, 2018 at 3:06 am #

    I never tire of viewing an incredible image. One definitely notices the trumpet, but the balance of the model with the trumpet is fabulous! It’s not just the abs! The whole body of the model is very present. The background just adds depth to the image; supporting role. Technology cannot replace the experience of a creative eye! Well Done!

    • MarkStout123 June 2, 2018 at 4:10 am #

      Thank you. I always appreciate it when someone takes the time to notice the nuances and work that goes into making an image what it is!

  2. Rick June 2, 2018 at 4:05 am #

    So what was your aperture and shutter speed?

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