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How You Shot it: Adrienna by Reynaldo Vento

By fotosiamo on September 12th 2012

This is a shooting tutorial that was submitted by Reynaldo Vento in the SLR Lounge Forum.

SLR Lounge’s Thoughts

We like Reynaldo’s use of adjustment layers to add some subtle drama to the overall image without giving that post-processed look. Flattening the contrast in Adobe Camera Raw or Photoshop gives you a cleaner starting point to build the contrast back up and it is a useful technique. Great job in creating these two images!

Reynaldo’s Background and Vision

This was a rather unplanned, impromptu photoshoot. Adrienna and I had set a date and decided that the shoot would be in an urban environment, but beyond that there was nothing else planned.
So we met up and decided to shoot on a random corner that had a small section of black wall. She was a trooper for wearing that jacket in South Texas heat! You can see from how her hair was moving across her face that it was a really hot and windy day.

How it was shot:


Adrienna Wallshot by Reynaldo Vento

Shot with Canon 5D Mk II and Canon EF 70-200mm f/4
B+W 77mm Neutral Density 0.9 Filter
Focal length: 118mm
Shutter: 1/160
Aperture: F/4.0
ISO: 100

adrienna_wallshot diagram by Reynaldo Vento

I knew that I wanted to place her against the black wall with her jacket so that I could bring out her face in post. If you see the accompanying video, you’ll notice that I left her face out of the cooling filter and from the curves adjustment layer that darkened the image. This was done on person to draw the viewers’ eye to her face first as it is warmer and lighter than the rest of the image.


Adrienna curbshot by Reynaldo Vento

Shot with Canon 5D Mk II and Canon EF 70-200mm f/4
B+W 77mm Neutral Density 0.9 Filter
Focal length: 163mm
Shutter: 1/160
Aperture: F/4.0
ISO: 100

adrienna_curbshot diagram by Reynaldo Vento

A longer focal length was used for this shot due to its compressing properties. The street in the background was way farther away than what it seems, but a long focal length lens compresses the background. Thankfully I had my ND filter with me otherwise I would not have been able to shoot at f/4.0 without having everything blown out since I was facing the sun. Abig thanks to my model Adrienna for suggesting that she step in the puddle!

Post Production

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Joe is a fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ed Rhodes

    nice shots

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  2. Kurk Rouse

    Other than the fact that light form an umbrella spreads all over, I really can dig the results

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