about this image

This image proves that you don't need fancy backgrounds or Hollywood-style cinematic effects to create a striking portrait that jumps off the page. If you take the time to pose your subjects correctly (my posing eBook will definitely help) and coach them into the right frame of mind, you can end up with some pretty stunning results.

strobist info

Lit with a 5' octabank boomed overhead as key, and two bare Elinchrom strobes firing at the background at approximately two stops hotter than the key to blow it out to pure white.

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tools & gear used

Lots of time was spent in Photoshop to get the contrast and detail to really "pop", and everything was finished up in Topaz Adjust.

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