Chloe Jasmine Whichello art portraits ~ pictures and techniques

Nov 15, 2010 | Continuous Lighting, Location | 39 comments

The last shot of the two days of art portraits is my first in this set. It was a simply sensational shoot with a top creative team of

1. The last shot of the two days of art portraits is my first in this set. It was a simply sensational shoot with a top creative team. This frame was lit with a Lowel ID light and an Arri 300 Fresnel light.

Here are 50 portraits taken with continuous light on last weeks Art Portraits workshops. I start the post after the jump with some notes on maintaining image sharpness when the going gets tough…

Some notes on image sharpness

Subject movement:
At several times over the two days Chloe performed a series of linked fluid graceful movements. Posing without the staccato action often associated with glamour modelling. The glamour model poses, the camera shutter is released and a new pose is created. Pose, click, pose, click, pose, click etc. With Chloe’s style of flow posing a crescendo is reached without a pause in motion. This requires about 1/125th second to arrest sufficiently for crisp sharp pictures. No amount of VR or IS can alter this fact. So when it was dark and I wanted to use a slow shutter speed I directed Chloe very precisely. Directing every nuance of her pose, the look, emotion, and muscle tension in various parts of her body. Nothing was random and everything was calm. At times it was as if Chloe was asleep, totally at rest, at peace with her world and utterly beautiful. This allowed us to shoot with very low shutter speeds indeed.

Camera movement:
When I’m shooting at shutter speeds below 1/60th second with either my 100mm f/2.8L IS or my 50mm f/1.2 L I usually use a monopod and below 1/8th second I use a tripod.

IS/VR on or off:
With the latest generation of IS or VR lenses it is not necessary to switch off the IS & VR functions when using a monopod. The use of IS with a monopod is encouraged in the manual that came with my 100mm macro f/2.8L IS lens. A tripod does not need the stabilisation functions and therefore IS or VR should be switched off to speed up the start up time from a half shutter press and to save battery power. In certain situations when a picture is taken before the correcting lens has got up to speed it can result in optical blurring.

In the following 50 pictures all shutter speeds were used from 1/10th second up to 1/1000th second with and without monopods.

2. Lit with one Lupo 800 aimed into a wall mirror.

2. Lit with one Lupo 800 aimed into a wall mirror.

My creative team:
The fabulous Vicky Waghorn on make up and hair
Corsets and accessories were kindly supplied and expertly fitted by Penn O’Gara and Cathy Price of the www.handmadecorsetcompany.com
Chloe Jasmine Whichello was our sensational model

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3. Lit with the same Lupo providing a backlight.

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4. A close up of Chloe Jasmine taken with my 100mm macro f/2.8L IS

5. Lit with the light from a window.

5. Lit with wonderful light from an South facing window on an overcast and dank day.

6. Lit with a Lupo 1200 in a Chimera soft box with an egg crate.

6. I lit C-J with a Lupo 1200 in a Chimera soft box fitted with an egg crate.

7. Sometimes it's fine to let the highlights blow. I just do it with conviction and avoid trying to recover them later.

7. Sometimes it's fine to let the highlights blow. I just try to do it with conviction and avoid recovering them later.

Simple reflected sunlight was perfect for this minimal colour palette picture.

8. Simple reflected sunlight was perfect for this minimal colour palette picture.

The Lupo 1200 in a Chimera soft box was all I used for this portrait.

9. The Lupo 1200 in a Chimera soft box was all I used for the next few portraits.

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24. Cathy and Penn even found a fascinator for our bear. The fabulous light was as soft as my subjects.

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25. A Lupo 800 was used to light these window portraits.

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28. My camo net played a part in this shot. I need to experiment further.

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32. I love low key portraits like this one lit with a slash of sunlight through a crack in the curtains.

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35. Lit through the mirror with a Lupo 800

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36. Lit with an Arri 300

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38. The Arri 300 is a fabulous tool for wedding and portrait photographers alike.

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41. The 100mm lens at f/2.8 has sensational bokeh. Exactly what is needed with such beauty lit with crisp, hard, light.

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42. I lit our Alice in wonderland with a Lowel ID light and an Arri 300.

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43. I lit Chloe Jasmine with an Arri 300 and a Lowel ID light. A perfect partnership for this evening look in the middle of the day.

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45. The Arri 300 was perfect as a key light for this shot. A Lowel ID light provided the kick.

45. The Arri 300 was perfect as a key light for this shot. A Lowel ID light provided the kick.

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46. As above

47. My water reflection sheet and a Lupo worked their magic here.

47. My water reflection sheet and a Lupo worked their magic here.

48. My Venetian blind was used as the gobo here.

48. My Venetian blind was used as the gobo for the Lupo here.

49. The F.O.&.D. Look apparently. Wow is all I can say.

49. C-J gave me the F.O.&.D. Look apparently. Wow is all I can say.

50. It's all over, time for a nap.

50. It's all over, time for a nap.

Well there you have 50 of my shots from the two art portraits workshops last week. Places are available for the next workshop of this kind in March. Details are here. You can also browse our range of upcoming photography training courses here.

Please feel free to comment on these pictures, ask questions or add to the info on avoiding blurred images.

39 Comments

  1. Chloe Jasmine Whichello

    @ Another Whichello .
    It’s a very curious one, as the vast majority of Whichellos are spread out in America, Australia and England ( Often people ask me if it was coined in Italy, simply because of the “O”)
    It is, as far as I know , derived from ‘wic’ -the dweller in the village hamlet or town.
    I have always been led to believe it stemmed from the Vikings in Scandinavia who settled into Village life in
    Britain ( I am of Norwegian/British blood myself)

    There have been other versions of the spelling (such as Whichelow, ‘Whittokeslowe”Witokeslawa’,hovering round in medieval England which predated the Domesday Book of 1086.

    Feel free to email me at chloe.jasmine@live.co.uk , as the origin of the name “Whichello” has always fascinated my brother, who has done extensive research into it :)

    Kind regards,
    CJ x

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  2. another_whichello

    Very nice! Btw, we really do share the surname. Any ideas about its origin?

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  3. david cooke

    A coupleof Lowel ID lights are at the top of my shopping list.

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    • damien

      Hi David,

      I’d make do with one Lowel iD light and treat yourself to a Lupo or an Arri too. I hope you are on the mend. We can get you up to speed for the 2012 season :)

      Take care,

      Damien.

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  4. david cooke

    David will do Chloe, using my full name makes me sound important and I am far from that, the fact you replied has made my day, thankyou and hopefully we will meet on one of Damiens courses, once I return to work sometime in September.

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  5. Chloe-Jasmine Whichello

    Why thank you very much David Cooke! Your kind words are appreciated.

    It’s a fusion of creativity with Damien- the images just flow.. and we had wonderful light that day- We were all in good spirits :)

    x

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  6. David Cooke

    Its funny but I always coment on your work Damien but today its the turn of Chloe Jasmine, she is an exceptional model, so graceful and natural, her ability to give the right look at the right time is amazing, I know in some cases you direct her Damien, but it wudnt surprise me to hear that a lot of the poses and looks come naturally.
    well done both

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  7. Zane Mccroy

    I agree, many thanks to someone who wrote it. for finding the time to share this, amazing blog.

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  8. Tara Taylor

    Great shots Damien. Chloe you look so beautiful. Wish I had been there!

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  9. Tom Poole

    Damian, thanks to you and the team for a great day, images are wonderful I am so pleased I attended.

    Chloe, many thanks for your patience I didn’t get a chance to convey my thanks before leaving. Tom (aka Denis)

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  10. David Morton

    Damien; a fantastic day, I was so glad to attend this workshop. I have so many new ideas and renewed confidence from the day, plus a wonderful set of images of my own too…

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  11. Knueppixx

    Sehr schöne Bilder, phantastische Lichrführung, Super!

    MfG Andreas

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    • damien

      Thank you Dennis for your kind words. :))

      Damien.

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    • damien

      Thank you Will :)

      Best wishes,

      Damien.

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    • damien

      Thank you Ian and thank you Will. I appreciate you taking the time to post these comments. Best regards to you both Damien.

      Reply
  12. Gwyn Cole

    I am speechless… Damien and Chloe, these images are absolutely fantastic! I almost feel like I don’t have the vocabulary to express how wonderful these pictures are. I can see me joining in on the fun next year… ;-)

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    • damien

      Thanks Gwyn,

      There’s a magic that happens when I’m shooting with C-J. We both hope you can join us next year on an art portraits workshop.

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  13. David Causon

    Hi Damien, gorgeous photos as always. Have you got any tips on choosing the correct power from your continuous lighting to match the ambient light, or is it more a case of chimping slightly?

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    • damien

      Hi David,

      I always chimp. By studying the image you can see exactly what you have got.

      Cheers, Damien.

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  14. Jon Allen

    Hi Damien. Just Poetry.

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  15. Ian

    I’m with AMC – 22 is stunningly good

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    • damien

      Thanks Ian, Thanks John.

      Reply
  16. Alejandro Mendez

    See? this is why I wanted to go to that workshop…

    The only tool you need to master to become a photographic artist is Light, and Damien my friend, you DO know how to use this tool.

    Combine that with a (which compliment I have not use yet girl…?) magnificent beautiful and multifaceted model like CJ, and you will get a marvelous set of shots like these ones…

    Next year I will do all my best to be part of one of these WS!!

    I hope you do not mind, but I now have #2 as my Macbook’s wallpaper and #22 as my Bberry’s. ;D

    Kudos friends!

    AMC

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    • damien

      Hi Alejandro,

      Thank you for your continued support and praise for Chloe and I. We will be shooting art portraits again next year and we’d love to have you join us.

      Regards,

      Damien.

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  17. Chloe Jasmine Whichello

    PS- Favourite images:

    1, 3, 5, 9
    10, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19
    20, 24, 27, 30, 36, 37, 41,42,43,45,46 & 49 ( phew!!)

    xxx

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  18. Chloe Jasmine Whichello

    I’m in love with all of them; And had excellent fun working with the team on this project ; The results are outstanding xxxxx

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    • damien

      Thank you Chloe, We all love you too. xxxx

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  19. Nick

    Some great shots in this set, love the location and styling here too!

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    • damien

      Thanks Nick.

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    • damien

      Thanks Greg,

      Your comments are really appreciated. Are you sure there is only one of you? You are a very prolific man on Twitter and a very busy man with your camera. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Your tweets are essential reading for me. Damien.

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  20. Michael Day

    Dreamy… Voluptuous… Sensual… X

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    • damien

      Hi Michael,

      And thats just me. Haha. No seriously, you are right. Chloe is stunning and these pictures allow her to shine. Thank you.

      Reply

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