The Digital Photo Guy

“Pin-Up” Style Shoot

by on Jul.11, 2010, under Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photos, Workshops

Lessons from a Pin-Up Shoot


These are the best from a “pin-up-style” photoshoot with Tylor yesterday. My personal favorite is the first one in the ’57 T-bird with the red interior (all cars courtesy of Deer Park Winery and Auto Museum). A blue 1950 Studebaker is featured in the 2nd and 3rd photos.

All were lit with 3 strobes. The key light was on a stand and bounced off a Westcott 32″ umbrella. A fill light was set low to emphasize her hair in the T-bird and her legs in the Studebaker. The third strobe was used to add “pop” to the interior of the cars.

All 3 photos were touched up with Topaz Labs Adjust 4 to smooth the skin (not like she needed it) and add “pop”. Readers can try Topaz Labs plug-ins for free and, if they decide to buy, use the discount code “digitalphotoguy” for 15% off.

(I have no financial ties to Topaz Labs, they extend this discount to my readers because I am a recognized Photoshop Elements instructor)

I plan to offer a Pin-Up Shoot Workshop in the Fall. If you’re interested in a 4-hour posing and lighting class for $99, post a comment or send me an e-mail to be notified when it’s ready. I need a minimum of 8 students to schedule the class and book the venue.

It really helps to have a great model like Tylor. What makes her special goes far beyond her looks. She’s smart, a quick study and, most importantly, focused. As an example of her focus, can you believe that this young lady weighed over 250 pounds in August of 2009? In less than a year, she lost over 110 pounds through sheer will power by changing her eating habits.

Recognition at the San Diego Fair

Long time readers know that I started as a sports photographers and morphed into nature (primarily birds) and landscape photography. In fact, my photo (below) titled “Standing Guard” won the Panasonic Digital Photo Academy Sponsor’s Award at this year’s San Diego Fair. Since 1st prize in each category was $200, I thought the $150 Sponsor’s Award was a good consolation prize.

Winner 2010 San Diego County Fair, Panasonic Digital Photo Academy Sponsor's Award

Over the past 18 months, I’ve become fascinated with “Strobist” techniques as applied to portraits. Portrait subjects are much easier to find and I avoid the need to stand around in cold, wet weather, waiting for the sun to rise and the birds to fly off in a 90 second cacaphony of squawking, honking, calling and thunderous wingbeats. These photos from Bosque del Apache NWR are where I used to pour my efforts.


Unfortunately, these scenes only occur during certain months of the year. While I still intend to photograph birds and animals, I’m finding that people are just as fascinating. Specifically, lighting and posing people has caught my eye.

Please leave a comment if I’ve piqued your interest.

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