I met Suzanna recently and we got chatting about doing a photo shoot to add some new images to her portfolio. She was interested in doing something dark and moody, which I thought would be interesting for me too.
I often shoot with a plain black background though, so whilst I thought we’d do that this time I wanted to vary it a bit too.
I have an old mottled backdrop which I have not used for a while, but I thought it would work really well for these shots.
I also experimented a little more with colour in Photoshop. I avoid using filters, which are very common on some photo sharing sites, preferring more natural colours, but for this set I wanted something to enhance the mood. Thinking of some of the movie posters like those for Twilight and Harry Potter I decided to see what a colder blue would look like.
I loved the blue on the top photo, but for most of the images I kept the colours as they came out of the camera or converted to black and white.
All of these photos were shot in a living room. I can set up a studio in almost any room if I can clear an area of about 3m x 3m (roughly 10 ft square). From head shots to family portraits it is surprising what can be done in a small area with a little care and creativity.
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