Model: Myself | CANON 5D MII | SIGMA 35 mm | ƒ8 | 1/25 sec | ISO 100 | October 9th, 2015
Sometimes while everyone else is asleep and I cannot I breakout my portable studio kit and get creative. I started wearing glasses about two weeks ago and I’m finally starting to get used to them. Like usual I had a random thought. How is it that no one can tell Clark Kent is Superman when all he does is take his glasses off? I found myself staring in my bathroom mirror putting on and removing my glasses back and forth. Saying “Clark Kent, Superman” respectively over and over again. Tho I do like Superman, I’ve always been more of a Spiderman fan. He has more at risk than a guy who doesn’t (unless you have a green rock). So as I’m doing this I get a thought to do this photo series. Now I know it’s actually a Venom shirt, but it fit better with the overall feel and composition of the photo I was trying to get. Any-hoo, I digress into my nerdom. I had a lot of fun doing this and it goes to show you that sometimes the best model for the shoot is yourself.
So to shoot this I had my grey backdrop in the background. Now it was not actually wide enough to cover my composition but I ended up replacing it in photoshop anyways. I could of been closer physically to the background to compensate for that, but I didn’t want to pick up too much of the texture of the fabric and I also needed to fit a speedlite behind me to give a subtle highlight to the backdrop and the back of my head. I set up one more speedlite up high and to my right with a white umbrella diffuser. As you can see I’m pretty much looking right into it. I didn’t want to add another light to my left as I wanted some shadow but not too much. So instead I used another white umbrella diffuser propped up to my left to bounce some of the light back into me. Helping highlight, but not to overpower. This gave it more of the dark contrasty effect.
You can watch a time-lapse of how I did my edits to these images in glorious 4K video.
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