New Striptiz portrait – Dragana Alfirević, an actress
Dragana Alfirević is an actress that had a theater performance in Theater Glej. Mosaic theater performance is exploring contemporary paradigm of a women in a context of feminism and women in art. In the performance a body of women is exposed to double treat of public / privat, object / subject. Theater performance was today and also tomorrow on Tuesday 19th of May 2009 in Theater Glej.
For this portrait I used two flashes, one 1500Ws in the back and second one with softbox, but diffused light by softbox was a bit wage. I wanted harsher and more dramatic light so I used detached SB-900, set it on 1/64 power and illuminated separately face, arms, legs, flowers,… That was much better effect. i was shooting for almost an hour. On the end I liked two pictures. On first one was better environment with dramatic shadows, but second one was better the portrait of Dragana. I merged two pictures in Photoshop. I could do it in one take, but I was late for next news photo-term and I had to run.
A reader of my blog asked me some time ago how do I do it that face is in normal colors and environment is all blue. You could do it in several ways. First I set up vibrance really high like 80-100 and then I take out the color with desaturation like -10. Secondly I use normal saturation tool (ctrl + U) and choose a color I want to saturate or desaturate and on the end I make a selection around flowers for instance and set it exactly as I wanted. If you want more details in this direction I can describe it. I just find out some wicked tricks how and when to use recovery and fill in tools.