Wednesday, February 25, 2009

To Be a (very modest) Pinup Star

In my first crossover post with my good friend Cammila, I decided to put a lot more effort into Photoshop than usual. I want to make it clear that my time there was largely spent on eliminating background elements, upping saturation and applying a certain satin-like quality to the whole image to give it an old pinup look. Cammila herself requires no work at all. If anyone I know was made to be a pinup girl, it's her. However, it was far too cold out for anything truly risque, so the photos are more "inspired by" than "representation of" the genre.

Cammila is a very close friend of mine, and we go way, way back. Once upon a time, she was the singer in my band, but more recently we've each been exploring our artistic side in new ways (see: The Bakist). One of Cammila's most striking creative outlets these days is her style blog, Dressed Up Like a Lady. You should check it out immediately. And I mean, come on, she runs a style blog, I run a photo blog . . . I'm personally amazed that it's taken this long to use each other's particular skill sets!

The lighting during this shoot was perfect. We literally caught the last few usable minutes of light, and Cammila knew how to get herself into that spotlight and work it.

The majority of the radiant quality of these photos comes entirely from that light. This one required very little work (except for the reflection, I wanted to get a car out of it).

This is easily my favorite photo from the shoot. Again, Cammila didn't need any work, but the credit card labels on the door needed to go to give it more of an old timey quality. I came very close to replacing the Coca-Cola add to something more period.

If you want to know more about the clothes, check out Cammila's blog.
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Kayleigh at February 27, 2009 at 12:26 PM said...

Good Post Ryan! I'd like to see some more posts like this, where you explain what you did to get the effect you wanted. I don't know anything about photography, so I like seeing some guidelines on things to pay attention to in the photo. When I first saw the photos on Camilla's blog, I admit I just looked at the clothes and totally missed the pinup aspect.

(Ok, that's a lie, I looked at her legs. who wouldn't, right? ;)

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