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Steampunk

Published November 16th, 2011

I'm doing some system upgrades and came across these images from a shoot last summer. The focus was the accessories designed and made by Colleen at Clockwork Zero. She makes the most amazing products from small watch and machine parts...my fav was a necklace made from snake bones she found at the side of a road once.

The look I went for is a high contrast black & white so I wasn't too concerned with skin texture or any real attention to realism. I used a combination of Dodge & Burn layers to get it. Actually I didn't really use the D&B tool, instead I created two curves layers; one for highlights and the other for shadows. The magic comes when you set each for a minimum/maximum threshold. All you have to do at that point is use a soft brush at low opacity (20 to 30) and paint in on the areas you want to lighten or darken. In most cases the lighting already spells out the roadmap and you just D&B'ing to enhance that natural pattern. You can use the same technique to bring out the details on clothing also.

My model Mary-Jane already has very smooth, near flawless skin so the D&B procedure along with the black and white conversion (via Gradient Layer) really clears up any minor blemishes.

The final step was cropping & sharpening for output. In this case the model, mua and designer will use the images for their online portfolios.

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MJ

50% crop from a full body shot

  • June 27th, 2010
  • Canon EOS 20D
  • 50mm / f/8 / 1/125 sec
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MJ

1st Look

  • June 27th, 2010
  • Canon EOS 20D
  • 50mm / f/8 / 1/125 sec
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2nd Look

  • June 27th, 2010
  • Canon EOS 20D
  • 50mm / f/8 / 1/125 sec

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