The Digital Photo Guy

Chandra: A Wonderful Model in Oregon

by on Sep.05, 2016, under Articles, Lightroom, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photos

Art Nude Photoshoot in Oregon

I met Chandra in Ashland, OR. She’s a wonderful model with a beautiful facial profile and a wild side that she hides beneath a quiet, demure exterior. I had four objectives for the shoot which was ambitious for four hours but managed to attain three. First, I wanted to add to my Bodyscape Triptychs project. I made some good images but they weren’t my best. The good ones are similar to poses with which I’ve had great results in the past. I was just too rushed to get the best from Chandra. This was entirely my fault.

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Next, I wanted to focus on her face. In the same photo, Chandra can appear to be 18 years old or 28 years old. Her face is very versatile and I wanted to capture as many different angles as possible. I felt I made some great images but forgot a key element, a hair light. As long time readers know, I have an eye and hair fetish. I was so mesmerized by Chandra’s eyes and profile that I forgot to check the hair lighting.

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My 3rd objective was to make photos I could use for my new interest, painting on photos. A friend is going to teach me how to paint on photos. I made a few photos of Chandra in front of a backdrop and plan to paint bathing suits on her. My first project is painting a 2-piece on her using the faint outlines of her tan lines as guidelines. Next, I’ll expand that into a 1-piece suit and, finally, an early 1900s style suit complete with bloomers. I’ll post my progress so you can giggle and laugh at my lack of talent!

The last thing I wanted were some photos of Chandra with my Canon 300/2.8L for advertising purposes. As everyone knows, a pretty girl in a product photo always attracts more eyeballs. By the time we got to the end of the shoot, we were both tired and I was rushing. The photos weren’t very good so I’ll try again later.

Because I was on the road, I didn’t have my full complement of lights and modifiers. The one piece that I really missed was my Impact Luxbanx Duo 12″ x 36″ strip light with a grid. At 36″ it’s small enough to fold into a very manageable kit but large enough to light half to three-quarters of a model’s body. Equipped with a Lumopro Double Flash Bracket Speedring, this small strip box is one of my favorite light modifiers. I won’t leave it behind in the future.

As usual, my “go to” kit was the Canon 5D MkII with the Canon 24-105/4L IS USM. That kit never fails me. All photos were processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6.

If anyone wants to shoot with Chandra, she’ll be in Arizona the first week of November. Contact me for times and rates.



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