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AOP part 16: Triangles and Leading Lines

The technical bit of photography really is the easy bit. The really important part is happening the in the equipment behind the camera - in your head.

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AOP part 15: Changing Angles

Still shooting at 24mm this is what happens when you switch to a top down view. This emphases Maja's head and face and reduces the boots significantly in the frame.

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AOP part 14: Shooting the Boots

I've already mentioned the boots. They really quite odd to look at as they seem to defy gravity According to Maja they are surprisingly comfortable and stable.

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AOP part 13: Coloured Gels - Different Gel

After playing with the blue gel creating the red environment I wanted to switch to a cooler, cinematic tone.

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AOP part 12: Dutch Angle

I'm a big fan of the "Dutch" angle - the tilted frame. At one time I would use an automated script to allow me to select images as shot and with a 20 degree tilt forward and backward.

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AOP part 11: Colour Gels Post Processing

This is a closer image of Maja. I wanted to explore that high contrast look of the previous image. Here I used two layers, with the top layer blend mode set to "soft light".

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AOP part 10: Coloured Gels Technique

Here is a test shot using a straight daylight white balance but using the blue gel on the strobe. You get what you would expect - a blue cast to the whole space.

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AOP part 9: Coloured Gels

When I saw Maja's heel-less boots the first thing that came to mind was Devil's hooves. I instantly wanted to put her in a hellish red environment.

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AOP part 8: Shaving

I had booked Maja for the workshop partly because of her bald look. It is really beautiful and quite rare.

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AOP part 7: Movement

Now, remember I said this was all natural light? Well the previous images were shot at ISO 1250 at f4.