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Fatboy Slim

By JamesBurns
The title is only a partial p*ss-take... Wink

I took this for a few reasons:

- Firstly, to give the OnOne DSLR Remote iPhone application a decent run out.
- Secondly, to have a play with some new light stands.
- Finally, as a bit of personal challenge... I'm not particularly happy with the amount of weight that I'm carrying at the moment, and I wanted to try and take a half decent photo that didn't show me up for being a fat ****er.

Lit, in limited space, using three flashguns in my spare room: Two either side of my back at a (roughly) 2:1 ratio to give the main light. Both were gridded (16 degree on the main light, ~8 degree on the fill light). Another flashgun snooted to give a bit more light onto my face.

I'd love to say that the image is right out of camera, but I'd be lying... There's a fair amount of softening, dodging and burning gone on to try and make me half way presentable Wink There's also (hopefully) a variant uploaded with a lighting diagram for your viewing pleasure...

Tags: Black and white Portraits and people Flash and lighting

Voters: edwood, Imagephotographics, Naess and 20 more

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edwood 13 3 Scotland
6 Oct 2009 8:38PM
fantastic shot
6 Oct 2009 8:42PM
Excellent work !

Bigtoe 13 7 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2009 9:07PM
Spot on as far as I'm concerned. This is beautifully lit and composed. I also like the heavy frame, it goes well with the subject (not infering anything about you here though you understand!). Chers, Tony.
Phil_Nunez 12 21 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2009 9:18PM
Yes I like it too, thanks for sharing the lighting positions and techniques. Using lights and off camera flash for portraits is something I'm keen to learn about
Kind regards
ade_mcfade 17 15.2k 216 England
6 Oct 2009 10:09PM
what is it with you and matt and posting naked shots of yourself...

JamesBurns 13 1.3k 7
6 Oct 2009 10:14PM

Quote:What is it with you and matt and posting naked shots of yourself...

We take it in turns... Tongue
Badger 19 4.7k 20 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2009 10:17PM
Liking the work, and the lengthy description coupled with the lighting diagram is more than helpful.
johnnyboy114 13 231 106 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2009 10:22PM
Superb shot and the lighting diagram idea is a cracker! Real good for OCF newbies like myself! Thanks!
csurry 19 9.2k 92
8 Oct 2009 9:59PM
I think it looks rather good James, the only distraction is the rather harsh lighting on the arm, toning that down a bit and I think any client in a similar shot would be most happy.

I hate my own photo, but then I don't do portraits of anything that cares, so I don't need to worry about being uncomfortable in front of the camera myself.

I can't really reconcile shy James with Pole-Dancing James on the Graham Norton show, now I'm sure that link hasn't been posted for a while Grin
JamesBurns 13 1.3k 7
8 Oct 2009 10:20PM
I agree on the lighting Cheryl... It's both impatience and over-dodged. The truth of the matter, however, is that the shot took the best part of 90 minutes to get close to being right - and this was pretty much the "oh, f*ck it" moment... I had the camera controlled remotely from my phone, 3 lights, and masking tape on the floor to remind me where to stand! Having a model would be easier, but it at least proved my point of being able to not look like a biffer (provided my lower 2/3's were missed out!). Smile

THIS LINK you mean? Tongue (NSFW)
csurry 19 9.2k 92
8 Oct 2009 10:23PM
That's the one Grin
fauxtography 16 6.6k 36
8 Oct 2009 10:26PM

Quote:and this was pretty much the "oh, f*ck it" moment

LOL! Glad it is not just me that has those... especially doing self portraits! Smile
JamesBurns 13 1.3k 7
8 Oct 2009 10:32PM
The horrible part was realising that I only had 4 flashguns and 4 grids, and knowing that I could have used double the number of both... I think I might be becoming obsessive. Sad
8 Oct 2009 10:34PM
You know I think the portrait is awesome but I hadn't seen the Graham Norton Pole dancing, Wow, just when you think you've seen everything, OMG, snake hips, lol!
jimthistle73 17 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2009 11:12PM
OMGG! Bushel - light interface... Is that for real? You kept that (relatively) quiet!! Nice self portrait BTW...

Obviously, the member with the most epz stars will have his image gracing Mandy's walls Smile
magda_indigo 17 418 England
12 Oct 2009 7:30PM
nice one! Interesting, hope you're well? Thanx, M, (*_*)
funkeldink 17 1.6k 1 Australia
9 Nov 2009 11:26PM
first time i have seen the pole dancing clip .... bloody brill james .//.. big smile //. top shot as well
TyChee Plus
16 275 1 United States
12 Mar 2010 1:02AM
Awesome lighting. Thanks for showing how this was done.

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