This collection of 45 photographs of top model Denisa Strakova were taken by Damien Lovegrove in a luxury apartment in Old Town Prague. Damien used a pair of Lupo lights to shoot these fashion and fashion nude photographs. Lighting notes and techniques explained throughout…
Photography: Damien Lovegrove
Styling: Denisa Strakova
Model: Denisa Strakova
Location: An apartment in historic old town Prague
Shoot: 1:1 Fashion and fashion nude shoot training session for my photographer client from Poland
01. I Lit Denisa with one Lupo 1000 spotlight with a Scattergel. Denisa’s role was to flick up the fabric to get it moving then strike her pose. I use 1/125th to keep Denisa pin sharp and give the fabric some sense of movement. I used a tripod to nail the composition so I could concentrate on capturing the moment. I lit for a punchy monochrome set of images and I included the colour images here to show how good the Lupo LEDs are at rendering skin tones.
Lights: Lupo 1000 dual colour and Lupo 650 dual colour with Scattergels
Camera: Fujifilm GFX50s with 32-64mm and 110mm lenses
Tripod: Novo T20
02. This is exactly the timeless monochrome look that I was after. I use the image on the carefully set up LCD on my Fujifilm GFX as my guide to set the lighting contrast in the scene. I can zoom right in on live view to asses the shadow detail and highlight detail being captured. This is especially important when shooting white fabric and dark hair in the same scene. I want the whites to look white, not grey and I want the black hair to shine.
03. I used f/4 on the 32-64mm zoom lens to render the background of our building just out of focus. Here you can see my Lupo 650 set as a back light using 5600k setting and full power. The key light is a Lupo 1000 with a crackle Scattergel and again it is set at 5600k and full power. No amount of camera kit or lenses can make great light so I am happy to recommend investment in decent lighting kit to my clients. This can include Lupo spotlights and Godox flash systems. With a good selection of both anything can be made to look spectacular.
04. Denisa Strakova is an excellent model and brought many posing ideas to the shoot. I lit the stage and between us we crafted a dynamic set of images that would look great in any fashion magazine.
05. My vintage shrug was clipped around Denisa’s hips to give some texture detail to styled look. Notice how the background drops away in contrast and focus. Setting the contrast of the foreground higher than the background is key to making these shots work.
06. My lounge at the apartment in Old Town Prague was the base for scene three. The 11 seater sofa in cream leather seemed like a great spot to shoot. The steel table provided the reflection here. The light from the lamp was fairly insignificant here but it gave me the motivation to put in a Lupo 1000 at 3200k with a scattergel.
07. I love tonality in monochrome prints and I use Acros G in camera and in Lightroom as my calibration. It gives a fabulous vitality to skin tones and allows extreme control of highlight details and shadow depth. Other settings like R and Y filter settings deliver a lower mid tone contrast and that in turn screws up the subtlety in the highlights when the contrast slider is used to correct the mid tones. I love the way I can preview my final look on the GFX LCD.
08. Part of the process is to explore cool tone and warm tone looks. Fashion for me is all about fine control and pushing boundaries.
09. The light from a Lupo 1000 is timeless. Incidentally do you see the interference pattern on the mesh panel in the dress. This is caused by the light and not the camera or lens. The fine shadows on Denisa’s body are creating the pattern. It was visible to the eye at the shoot. If I had a silk diffuser with me for the light this would have solved the issue. I still love this shot though. It looks like Denisa just stepped out of a classic movie.
10. Perfection in posing. Tip: If the hand is above the waistline it points up and if below it points down ;)
11. Here are some colour images to show that wonderful fishtail dress.
12. I love to use corners, floors, boxed in places. For these frames I shot from above to create a vulnerability in the shots. Denisa’s styling is impeccable. Notice the subtle hand to mouth touch in these frames. Get it wrong and the shot is tacky, get it spot on and it’s seductively sublime.
13. I love this shape. Notice the pattern of light created by the Scattergel.
14. The GFX glass is the best I’ve ever owned.
15. I brought in a mirror to create a set for some fashion nudes. Denisa had a fabulous skirt and boots for us to shoot.
16. I love to change the viewpoint. A tripod helps with the fine tuning of the composition.
17. A white wall was rendered grey by our light and subject placement. This is a one light ‘fashion nude’ set suitable for any high class fashion publication.
18. There was still time for a boudoir scene to end the day.
19. I showed my client how to make the sun shine at night with two lights. Its a technique I’ve fine tuned over the years and is really easy to recreate with the right know how.
I want to thank Aneta Zmelikova of Fujifilm CZ and Petr Klempa for helping me sort out my life in Prague. Thanks guys. I’m coming back in April. If you want to join me on a workshop or some 1:1 training in Praha (Prague) in April 2018 please let Blaise or Laura know here. I will then discuss your options with you and a fun creative event will happen.
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