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Post Production

In post production i wanted to enhance  the futuristic look of the images. therefore after doing all the necessary retouching i darkened  the blacks / shadows  and opted for a more De-saturated colour pallete this gave the images a more Sci-fi appearance which i felt complimented the overall aesthetic look of the images.



One of the main problems with this technique is the inconsistency in the outcome of each shot. There were shots where the model looks good in the frame but there is lack of motion blur or the blur does not look attractive. (fig1)


There are shots where the blur looks  good but the model is captured in a less attractive position / angle, (fig2)



and there were  shots where the model would be caught at the edge of the frame or fall out of the frame completely. (fig3)


occasionally it was necessary to repeat the same actions and movements constantly until we got the shot needed,  Communication between the  model and myself was a very important factor as timing  was crucial to ensure that the model made enough movements and ended up in the final position at the right time for the flash to go off. it also helped in working out  what actions and movements would create a more attractive blur.

during the shoot i  was careful to make sure i also has some  shots taken without flash to enable me to capture only the blurred movement. this was so that i could use them in post production to composite into frames which lacked blur.

(All Images  © sylvia shek – all rights reserved)


Spent the day sourcing outfits for Wednesdays shoot.
Decided on these 3 dresses




I think the block colours will work quite well in the shoot.

Test Shoot

Overall I think the test shoot worked well, and it’s helped me to identify areas that I need to take note of  for when I come to do the actual shoot.

bloggaImage © Sylvia Shek

For this Image I think the model was placed slightly too close to the background therefore there was still a slight light spillage affecting the blacks.  Pulling back the shadows and the blacks in camera raw helped slightly but the best way around this issue is to make sure the model is far enough away from the background.

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With this image the model ends up at the side of the frame. this is mainly due to the fact that the shutter fires at the end of the exposure, therefore when the model moves  it is vital that they dont move too far and end up outside of the frame.

blogccImage © Sylvia Shek

In this image the models hair and shoulder is blending into the shadows too much and there is not much definition in the head area of the motion blur making it appear headless.   It is important that the blur looks just as aesthetically pleasing as the main image does. A good way round this problem is to shoot lots of motion burr frames so that they may be used during post production to be merged into other frames to create  more pleasing aesthetics.

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Once again the models shoulders and hair is disappearing into the blacks. a way round this would be to either introduce another light source high up behind the model shining downwards, this would bring out highlights over the shoulders and hair creating more definition.  Another way could be to shoot the model separately and blend in with previously captured motion blur during post production.

For the next shoot I will add the additional light source . also when styling the model i will aim to use lighter / bright colours as opposed to darks / blacks these measures will help reduce the likely hood of the clothing blending into the shadows.

Lighting test

Spent the day in the studio testing out the lighting.

I struggled at first to find the correct set up to achieve the desired effect, but eventually found a set up that worked quite well.



In a dark studio i set a black background and added 2 white diffuser boards to bounce light back into subject.


For the light source i used the soft box  with the modeling light on full power the flash on full

20131113-214419.jpgThe model was positioned at a distance from background to prevent light spill from the soft box affecting the blacks of the background


The camera was set to rear curtain sync flash mode, with an aperture of f16 and a 2 second shutter drag.


Slow + Rear Flash; what, when, how

article   explaining the differences  of  the slow & rear sync flash & the whys & hows .