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Pete McC

Co.Armagh, N.Ireland

Feb 28th, 2012 01:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just been asked to do a 'Bikini shoot' with a local model, (you know the kind, blonde, false tan, plastic add-ons..) I've only ever done head and shoulders portraits before... anyone any tips?!? (cue the jokes)
Sadly it's going to be indoors in a hair salon where we normally shoot the head and shoulders shots by hanging a backdrop up and using a few lights, I say sadly because there's going to be no real location scenery to work with and it's not very large so no real choice of using longer lenses, It'll be the nifty 50 all the way I reckon. Really slightly worried that she's expecting 'Vogue' cover shots and ends up with very flat looking stuff because of the lack of variety in the location. Fingers crossed!

Ok so I really just wanted to boast about getting a bikini shoot.. I know.. (:oD

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Feb 28th, 2012 09:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great opportunities there. Do you have a lighting kit?

first thing I would watch out for is the feet/floor area. If you're doing a whole body shot, keep an eye on lines from the baseboards running through the feet/ankles/ calves... depending on how far from a wall she is standing.

If you have the run of the salon, you could use the chairs for some posing, and the sinks- her leaning over reaching for a shampoo bottle type thing.

Watch out for any cords/accessories of the shop that they may leave laying around that could get into the picture. Good if they're strategically placed, but look over every inch of what you see in the viewfinder for the details around the edges.

Hope that helps

Pete McC

Co.Armagh, N.Ireland

Feb 28th, 2012 01:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Pirate, yeah I have a daylight 4 bulb thing but I don't use flash as I don't like it. the floor is tiled so not much to pick up on, I'll have the whole salon to use but to be honest I'm struggling for ideas for poses for someone wearing a bikini in a hair salon! I have a small backdrop but it won't be ideal for this, just wish she'd waited until the weather was warmer and we could have gone to the beach or somewhere.. thanks for the tips though

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Feb 28th, 2012 02:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Man... the ideas I've got, but don't know how to put them in writing.....

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Feb 28th, 2012 03:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sounds like a good excuse to do a lot of Internet research on the subject.

First place I'd look is Strobox.com, should find plenty of stuff to learn from there (both good and bad).

500px is great for posing ideas, but your lack of space could be limiting. Might get some good ideas though.

Maybe there's a wife/gf that would humor you and let you get in some practice?

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Feb 28th, 2012 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If the floor tile is white you can use it as a reflecter to keep light in the eyes and under the chin. I would look into that with one of your lights.

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Feb 28th, 2012 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Keep in mind that the body and bikini speak for themselves and focus on the photo as if it were a fully clothed shoot. Just be sure, like with any wardrobe, that the items fit reasonably and aren't bunched or clumsy looking.

Too many times these kinds if shoots go astray by focusing too much on the sexiness factor. It's there, trust me. Leave it alone and it will work just fine. Get the face and the technical stuff right.

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Feb 28th, 2012 05:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dang! Shame to have to use a 50mm for that. I suppose it is better if you are using a DX and not FX, but still a bit short for my taste.

Still, sounds like a great job! :)

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Feb 28th, 2012 06:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If she's a good model she'll need very little direction other than where you want her to look. Have her grab the sprayers and blow dryers for fun.


Do you have a soft box?

(This message was last edited by MadeInJapan at 06:16 PM, Feb 28th, 2012)

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Feb 28th, 2012 06:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dadical brings up a very good point. I photoed a model for a rapper I know in Germany. He told me that the last guy that did her shots never had her eyes in focus, but her bust was always in focus (she is very well endowed).

Always focus on the eyes!

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Feb 28th, 2012 08:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Man... the ideas I've got, but don't know how to put them in writing....."

Sure it ain't can't put them to writing on the FDP.



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Feb 28th, 2012 09:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Haha.... No, I'm being good today ;-)

Pete McC

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Feb 29th, 2012 01:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks guys, the floor is grey so not much to bounce off, this girl is well endowed too but she has good eyes so I'll focus on those! :o)

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Feb 29th, 2012 04:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Can't wait to see the results.

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Feb 29th, 2012 05:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Which eyes?

Pete McC

Co.Armagh, N.Ireland

Mar 1st, 2012 01:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well it went fine, didn't really use the salon as a setting much apart from the odd use of a chair, mainly stuck with pics of her posing against a backdrop. Seemingly she wants to enter competitions and needed pics to enter so hopefully I've done her justice. Like I said most of them were straightforward 'standing' shots but we got the odd adventurous one using the chaise-longe from the waiting area.. Lighting was a bit ad-hoc, in this shot I used my daylight lamp to the right pointed at her, a video spotlight on her legs to the far right and a halogen worklight on the left to fill in as well as the camera mounted flash. Camera was my Canon Rebel XTi and lens was a stock Canon 35-135USM.

pose

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Mar 1st, 2012 08:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Um, this is really weird. I'm looking at your album on Photobucket, and I clicked on the link to see all of the 270 pictures you have in there. I came across #70 and noticed that, it's my picture. As in, I took that picture.

I took this picture in Germany

Pete McC

Co.Armagh, N.Ireland

Mar 2nd, 2012 02:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You took that? cool! I was very into my old VWs for many years and someone emailed me that, I put it on my photobucket to share with people on a VW forum. I meant no disrespect or copyright infringment, if you want I'll delete it?

Pete McC

Co.Armagh, N.Ireland

Mar 2nd, 2012 02:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In fact, never mind, I'll delete it anyway, it's not my pic and I've no reason to keep it there now. obviously it can be misinterpreted as being something I took when it isn't so I'll dump it. apologies for any confusion. I tend to use photobucket as a place just to stick any pics I want to link to rather than just strictly my own photos. there's probably a lot more on there that aren't mine too!

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Mar 2nd, 2012 03:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love competitions.

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