Shooting Vintage Clothing (with Emily) Part 3

Finally the last of the vintage clothes pics – until we do another shoot anyway. If you’ve missed the background story it’s in part one so I won’t repeat myself!

Onto the first shot – Lensbaby portrait of Emily in a cloche hat and one of my all time favorites. This was taken with diffused natural light from a frosted window against a plain coloured wall – about the simplest lighting possible.

Emily with a vintage spanish fan doing the ‘look over the top’ thing. It took ages to get the colour right for this, balancing the blue of the eyes with the subtlety of the other colours!

Not sure why I like this one…. as with the previous one the texture layer and the Lensbaby blur combine to make something special.

Emily outside with some nice flare to give it some atmosphere. I never liked lens hoods!

Emily + Lensbaby, outdoors in the sunshine. Not much more to say really.

Cloche hat again, and ‘copy space’ for book covers to the left. Light from a reflector brightened the face under the brim of the hat.

Finally just a simple 1940’s style portait in a dress of the period (well ish).

If you’re interested in kit, as before all Lenbaby shots were taken on an Olympus EPL3 and everything else on a Canon 60D with a 15-85mm. Both cameras were shooting in RAW. The indoor shots were all shot at 2000+ ASA and both cameras, especially the Canon, coped very well.

As always these are taken for the book cover market, and all comments, critiques and questions are welcome. All images have a signed model release, and Emily is happy for them to appear on the blog.

The other vintage clothing posts are here (with Amber) and here (with Mary) and further down the log if you’d like to see the others. I’d like to thank Emily and Amber for their patience, and Mary for supplying the clothes and organising the venues for these vintage clothing shoots.

If you’re interested in any more of Mary’s vintage clothing, the link to her Facebook page is here.

Hope you like them and they give you some creative ideas for your photography.

Shooting Vintage Clothing (with Emily) Part 2

On to part two and this time in colour! In brief – same background story as part one – vintage clothing from Mary’s shop.

Starting with a Lensbaby portrait of Emily in a white fake fur wrap. The soft blurriness of the lens seems to suit the hair and white wrap and I really can’t decide if it’s better in black and white or colour!

Drifting quickly back into classic ‘book cover’ territory here – people holding stuff like books, postcards etc.

Emily with the stone staircase as a background. Does this count as a portrait?

More book cover stuff – hands held whilst sitting down on the steps.

And one from the same series – the shoes resting by Emily’s side make this one for me.

Now a ‘prim and proper’ abstract – reminds me of ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ for some reason.

Finally Emily writing in a notebook in a 1930’s jacket and dress, though I’m bit miffed the notebook isn’t more obviously in focus.

As always these are taken for the book cover market, and all comments, critiques and questions are welcome.

All images have a signed model release, and Emily is happy for them to appear on the blog.

The other vintage clothing posts are here (with Emily part 1)here (with Amber) and here (with Mary) if you’d like to see the others.

If you’re interested in any more of Mary’s vintage clothing, the link to her Facebook page is here.

Hope you like them and they give you some creative ideas for your photography.

Shooting Vintage Clothing (with Mary)

A friend runs a vintage clothing shop in Dorchester (Dorset UK), and I suggested to her that we should do a few shoots of the clothes for her publicity purposes and for Arcangel Images (my agency).

Mary agreed, so here are some of the shots which resulted – all with Mary modelling. I’d hoped to use film on the first set of shots, but the light was so poor I ended up at ISO 2000 on the 60D, and didn’t have film above ISO 100 in the bag.

We’d asked Mary to find a black cape and some red shoes for these shots – this isn’t easy as Mary has hundreds if not thousands of pieces of clothing in stock.

They were planned as a blurry, slow shutter speed set of  ‘running’ shots, but as always, the planned shots weren’t the best ones of the session. This one conveys movement even without a very slow shutter speed, and the dark upper frame and lighter lower frame seem to work. Lensbaby, out of focus (but it doesn’t seem to matter) on an Olympus ELP3.

Just a bit of movement blur here – enough to avoid a ‘static’ look.

Back to the 60D and more or less what I’d hoped for. As it turns out the cape and red of the shoes overwhelm the slight movement anyway. The swirl of red on Mary’s leg is the lining of the cape – sheer luck!

A parting shot (no pun intended) from this short session – Mary’s hand on the end of the staircase. Taken as an afterthought, I think this one is the best of them all. EPL3 + lensbaby. I’d like to thank Mary for her patience, having run up and down these stairs too many times….

This second batch are few from a larger set taken on a different day in winter. We were all a bit too cold to be taking pictures to be honest so I was glad to get just a few.

Shoes and Skirt

Taken with the 60D and the flip out screen at ground level, vignette and washed out colour in Photoshop.

Gloves and Dress

An embroidered dress and kid gloves – given a cold blue tint and vignette to go with my memory of a cold day.

I’ll post a few more from shoots of Mary’s clothes in a subsequent post as we’ve done a few this year.

As always these are taken for the book cover market, and all comments, critiques and questions are welcome.

All images have a signed model release, and Mary is happy for them to appear on the blog.

If you’re interested in any more of Mary’s vintage clothing, the link to her Facebook page is here.

Hope you like them and they give you some creative ideas for your photography.