Model: Carla Monaco
Assignment: A classic Lovegrove Adventures 1 to 1 photography training day in Bristol
Photographer and tutor: Damien Lovegrove
1:1 training website: Lovegrove Adventures
Location: A boutique hotel in Bristol
Lighting kit: Lupo 1000 dual colour with Scattergels and Lupo Superpanel dual colour
Camera kit: Fujifilm GFX50s with GF32-64mm and GF 110mm lenses on a tripod
Post-production: Basic enhancement in Capture One Pro – Fujifilm edition
Styling: Damien Lovegrove
Makeup and hair: Carla Monaco
I do all my Boudoir, Hollywood Glamour and Lovegrove Nudes teaching on a 1 to 1 basis now. That way my clients can fine-tune the genre they want to shoot, select their model from our list, and choose the location from our venue shortlist. My client for this job flew in from Kuwait and he shot with a Nikon D850 with the 24-70mm zoom and the 85mm f/1.4 prime lenses. He owns a pair of Lupo fresnel lights so I chose to use the Lupos too. The fine setting of the lighting was the key element we concentrated on. I helped my client set up his Nikon with custom picture style settings and once we were calibrated we got underway with the shoot. We got all the looks that we wanted in-camera.
I’ve been learning how to use Capture One Pro for Fujifilm. I’m just a beginner and this is my first set of pictures that I’ve edited using it. I’ve not sussed out cloning or healing yet as I didn’t need them for these pictures. As soon as skin softening happens the film-like look is lost. I just dodged and burned the same way as I used to in the darkroom. I’m still getting to grips with the histogram and exposure monitoring tools hence the variance in this set.
My first impression of Capture One is one of shock. It was 2010 when I last used it when I was a Phase One shooter and since then Capture One has taken on a new complexity. The variety and depth of adjustments that are available is astounding. The good news is I don’t need to use all of them. I just set the Fujifilm Acros G profile then straightened the odd shot. I went through my selections tweaking the exposure and contrast and then I added a few layers for selective dodge and burn. I didn’t look at sharpening stuff, colour tools, spot correction etc. I will learn how to do some of those in my next edit session.
I loved the dynamic of the exposure and contrast sliders in Capture One. They work really well together and seem a bit more refined than the Lightroom sliders. I’m just starting on my journey of discovery with Capture One and I’ll report back on my progress frequently.
1:1 training days with me can happen at any time of year. Weekdays or weekends. We have some fabulous models, both men and women available to shoot. These training days are super fun and you’ll be surprised at how simple I make the process. At the end of a 1:1 session you’ll have the skills you need to recreate the looks and style of the shots we shoot together.
More information on 1:1 training options including prices is here.
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