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How We Shot It – Finding Treasures at Your Local Fabric Store

By Craig Lamere on May 16th 2013

Welcome to Craig Lamere

What’s up everyone, this is Pye. Just wanted to give a shout out and welcome to Craig Lamere, one of our newest SLR Lounge writers! Craig is a great photographer and he is a valuable addition to the team. Enjoy the article!

How We Shot It

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The Photo

Brooklynn 7 3

Background and Vision

For about the last year or or so I’ve been on this fabric store kick where I will go to my local fabric store and look for cool fabric to make some type of garment to shoot. Since I have no idea at this point how to sew I’m pretty much limited to wrapping, pinning, taping and twist tying everything. I always go to the bargain bin to find my fabric. To me it’s like treasure hunting. I found these two pieces of fabric I loved. One I used to make the dress, which we wrapped Brooklynn in and the other I used as a type of vail and held it on by taking a strand of fake flowers and making a head wreath. I have to say I was super happy with the overall look that was created with $12 of fabric and a $7 dollar clearance strand of fake flowers!

Equipment and Camera Settings

Lighting Setup

This was a very simple lighting setup. I shot this portrait  in front of a grey muslin in my studio. The lighting was a one-light set-up using a 42″ Octa and a white V-flat reflector to balance things out.  See the lighting diagram below!brook octa by Guest User

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Craig LaMere is the owner of Moz Studios in Pocatello, ID. Craig is a Glamour/Fashion/Senior shooter. Moz Studios pride themselves on flexibility, creativity and excellence.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Nice photo.

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  2. Danea Wease-Burleson

    Awesome sauce! I love how creative you are with making outfits!!

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  3. Maria

    Beautiful photo. What is your light you use inside your octa?

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  4. Drew

    Great image, any tips on the post processing?

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  5. Terrence B

    How about some tips on the Post work done as well?

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  6. Tanya Smith

    So amazing! I never would have guessed that wasn’t a real dress.

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  7. Jessica Lee

    awesome post! Thanks for the info and keep em coming!

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