How Do YOU Make Epic Story Portraits?
Part II of my epic story portrait shoot outs! So the theme here is story-telling. Each epic story portrait was taken at a different location with different techniques that I would LOVE to explain to you. Here are a few of my favorites,
I call this one the fisherman. I had a model go out and stand in this beautiful river and practice some fly fishing. It was really cloudy that day, so I used a speed light to try to add some epic lighting to his side. The speedlight was behind him in this photo at the same time where the sun broke through the clouds, so I got this light flare that i thought looked really cool! In Photoshop I added contrast and used a filmstock photo filter to give it a more gritty look. Overall, a great photo.
This one I like to call Forest Fantasy. We used smoke bombs in the forest to get a great epic shot. For this photo we actually used an Einstein strobe to lighten her and the smoke as we took the photos. It was a little difficult getting the images because the smoke would sometimes get in the way, but this was one shot that I absolutely loved. In Photoshop all I had to do was do a little bit of dodging on her face to brighten it up. The photo came out quite nicely though!
For this last one (my favorite one) we were actually inside a barn. With two speedlights, one with a blue gel and one with a red gel, we set the lights on both sides of her to get this epic split lighting. You might have to raise your ISO to 400 to get a get good shot, but it is WORTH IT! There were several ways you could have arranged the lighting, but this one just looked epic!
A big shout out to Chantel Ercanbrack for helping me to get these shots! http://www.chantelephoto.com/