~ BTS Studio Portrait ~
幕后 之 影棚人像
Hey everybody, it's your Braddah Li here. Today I'd share the behind-the-scenes of a spectacular studio portrait session I had back in spring. Wait, back in spring? Yup, it's already summer, buddy! Well, well, well... Anywho, the purpose of the post is twofold. Firstly, I wanna share with you the process involved in creating the studio portraits that speak your personality. And secondly, I want you to see how I take care of things and the details that may not seem to matter at first glance. All in all, I just want to make sure that you also get to enjoy the creative process. Life is short, why not have some fun, especially the self-entertaining kind of fun?
~ Consultation ~
Now that you've seen my portfolio and decided to contact me for more information, we'll need to discuss a couple of things. First of all, what type of studio portraits are you looking for? For what occasion are you planning to use them? What are you trying to express? Like the session I had in spring, the "client" wanted two different sets of photos. One set was a headshot for his profile in general. This one was to express his cheeky personality. And the other was a half-body shot that showcased how dashing he was.
Having discussed about these details with him, I showed him the backdrop choices and asked him show me his outfit selections. I then suggested the matching backdrops according to his outfits. You may wonder how I select the backdrop colors for my clients. Color wheel is my best assistant. I choose complementary backdrop colors based on your outfit colors. If you're interested, feel free to read more on the topic of color theory. Now that he picked the outfits, I chose coffee backdrop for the set on the left and yellow for the right. And I'm going to share some more detail about the day of photoshoot next.
Backdrop colors are available in coffee, red, orange, yellow, green, white, grey and black
These are the outfits that the "client" picked
~ Day of Photoshoot ~
I'm all about hospitality and as I have Guizhou origin, a photoshoot of course won't and can't start without a tiny glass of the famous Kweichow Moutai baijiu! Oh yea, you feel the burn? Hahaha, jokingly serious aside, unless you really really want to, otherwise we'll go with something more reasonable. I have tea, coffee, and wine. Your comfort at the studio is my priority.
待客，我自认有一套。再加上是贵州人，拍照之前又如何能少得了一杯贵州茅台白酒呢！欧耶，辣喉咙不？ 哈哈哈，玩笑地开个认真，除非你真想喝，要不我们还是来点温和的吧。茶、咖啡还有红酒都行。在 我的工作室，就是要你感到舒适惬意。
In fact, before the "client's" arrival, I already prepared for the photoshoot and set up the flow for the session. For his shoot, we'll start with the headshot with the yellow backdrop and then the more dashing one after. In this post I'd like to focus on the headshot process. Instead of lighting the whole backdrop with the key light from the front, I opted for a flash from right behind his head, which created the "halo" effect that made his face pop and further separated him from the backdrop.
Flash with light modification for more control
Key light with grid also offers more control and less spill
With a cup of tea, we chatted and went through the flow of the session, the "client" felt much more at ease and ready to roll. Checking with him often made me feel more in control and more confident in creating convincing results we both loved. Some clients are shyer and not that expressive, so going this simple extra mile is crucial in making a successful session. After a couple rounds of tryouts and adjustments, I showed him the results immediately. He seemed happy with most of them. But we both knew which one stood out the most.
The "client" was already in a good mood. Must be the baijiu, see!
The "halo" effect was perfected after some testings
Happy client, happy photographer! Or is it the other way around?
~ Photo Reveal ~
After he picked his favorites from the session, the next step involved with editing. There were two separate steps. I first started with some simple editing and color adjustments for the "client's" proofing. After confirming with him, then I went ahead and did the detail adjustments, typically removing some non-permanent marks, like mosquito bites or pimples. After that, skin retouching was the last step before showing him the results via a password-protected download link. See below for the before-and-afters.
Headshot Before Editing
Headshot After Editing
Half-Body Portrait Before Editing
Half-Body Portrait After Editing
Now you've seen the most quintessential process involved in creating a portrait session at my studio. The real magic is not the lighting technique, or the equipment, or the editing process. You're the magic and let's get some nice portraits of ya! After we're all freed, of course... Talking about which, have you gotten your test results yet?
~ INTERESTED? ~
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