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November 21, 2012
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/125 second
Focal Length
35 mm
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Date Taken
Sep 21, 2012, 3:14:14 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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Lysle - Pull by FuzzyYak Lysle - Pull by FuzzyYak
The main light in this shot was a Yongnuo YN560 Speedlite in a 60 cm square softbox on a boom stand, above and slightly in front of him and pointing down at a slight angle. I also had two Canon Speedlite 580EX II flashes in two meter high strip boxes with grids on behind him for the rim lights.

I had the main light really close to him and that gave me some nice, soft shadows. Remember that bigger light sources will give you softer shadows. So bringing the light closer to your subject will make it bigger and give you soft shadows, whereas moving the light away (or making it smaller) will give you harder shadows. This was exasperated in this shot by the fact that I had a diffuser on the softbox, but that is the theory.

I'd suggest that you experiment with different distances to see what works for you. I seem to be favouring the softer shadows lately and it also helps to get a little bit more light into the model's eye-sockets which, as I've mentioned before, is a bit of a challenge with top down lighting like this.

If you have any questions, please ask. I'm happy to share the knowledge.

Model: Lysle Turner
Location: Studio, Johannesburg, South Africa

See the rest of the shoot and more info here

Thanks in advance for all comments, favourites and watches. Even if I don't reply and say thanks to all of them, I really appreciate all the feedback you guys give me.

All images are copyright (c) Johann Marx. Unauthorised use (including manipulation artworks, websites, layouts, tubes, wallpapers, banners, blogs, CDs, posters, icons or any other use of this kind) is strictly forbidden. Please respect the model in your comments.
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Dwayne-L Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I adore colour but I think this is one of those shots that would look amazing with a good black and white conversion. I can definitely see something like this hanging in a gym in black and white.

Anyway, that being said, great shot. :)
FuzzyYak Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hehe, so that's two for black and white then :)

Thanks D.
lintu47 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello :wave:
You've been featured in my weekly Male Portaits Poll.
Have a nice day :huggle:
FuzzyYak Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :)
lintu47 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :happybounce:
moreish Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
there's a kind of push-pull effect for me: the pushees are the veins in the arms and the disappearing neck
FuzzyYak Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed. Nice to get contrasts like that
hawkeye1 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
I love this one, if it was B/W I could see it hanging in a boxing gym. And a very interesting mini tute
FuzzyYak Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You and your infatuation with Black and White. You wouldn't have seen that awesome splash of blue and yellow in B&W. :)

That being said, it would look pretty cool :)

Thanks mate :)
hawkeye1 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Infatuation? I'll have to know, with me and greyscale, it's the real thing :)
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