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© Billy Wilson 2010


Carmen with her arms out infront of the city courthouse. Sadely, while being distracted by nosy people and drunks, the wind blew over my newest lighting equiptment and damaged it, luckily i was able to get it fixed this morning. This is Carmen, I met her on Model Mayhem, her Model Mayhem number is: 1209787.


About the Photo

*Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS *Lens: EF 50mm ƒ/1.8 II *Shutter Speed: 1/20 Sec. *Aperture Value: ƒ/3.2 *ISO: 100 *Focal Length: 50mm (80mm Equivalent in 35mm Film)


I shot this on a tripod using mirror lockup and a 2 Sec. selftimer. To provide key light, I had a Canon Speedlite 430EX II to the left of the camera and infront of the model shot into a Westcott 60" reflective umbrella with a 1/2 CTO gel on it at 1/32 power at 105mm. Behind the model I had a Vivitar flash with a piece of fabric tied around it to lower its power, blasting at her head to provide rim light to her dreadlocks. I didn't use a reflector on her right side because I wanted the image to come out having a dark feel.


I opened the RAW file in ACR and increased the fill light and blacks to make the shadowed areas more visable. I increased the clarity and vibrance sliders slightly. I manipulated the tone curve to make the highlights brighter to make the background stand out more and the light on the model appear brighter. I changed the hue of the oranges to make the background appear redder anfd saturated it, at the same time it made her lipstick stand out more.


I opened the RAW file in CS4 and saved a 16 bit TIFF file. I then duplicated the layer and used the clone and spot healing tools to remove little things on her skin. I added a little catch light to her left eye. I saved the 16 bit TIFF file after edited, converted to sRGB colourspace and saved as a JPEG to upload to the internet.

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Taken on June 13, 2010