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Old 09-20-2015   #11
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Brooks, thank you again for the sidebar on this earlier. This is a tremendously helpful and inspiring post. Very generous of you to take time to share.
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Thank you for a great post. I have shot shoes and simple stuff but never had to build a set like this. Love how you did it and it is a great cover shot. well done and thanks for the BTS shots too.
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For the first 30 years of my career I shot 4x5 and 8x10 film for shots like this. I still own and use 3-4800ws and 3-800ws Speedotron power packs and a bunch of flash heads. This shot was done with 2-800ws Speedotron packs and 5-102 flash heads.

My 4800 ws and 800 ws Speedos have a dial down power knob which allows you to dial the power down 3 stops in 1/3 stop increments. By isolating the 800ws channel on the 4800 ws pack and then dialing it down 3 stops I can get 100ws through one flash head. From 4800ws to 100ws from one power pack. Those big Speedo packs are incredibly versatile.
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Thanks, everybody. I'll post a final retouched image soon.
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Extremely educational! Great final photo
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Great work.
Thanks for sharing.
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Just to revisit this photograph, from your perspective Brooks, what retouching do you feel this image needs?

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These shoots always present lots of challenges and problems to be solve, many of which are not photography related. I thought you'd all like to see the steps involved in this type of photographic illustration shoot. Final exposure of 1/3 sec., f/16 at 100 ISO.

There's a lot of retouching needed on this image, and that will be done later, but for now this is the final image without any retouching.....
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Yikes. How times have changed. Back "in the day", when I was in the product photography racket, we didn't have a flash unit capable of producing as little as 100 WS. We used 2400 and 4800 WS Speedos mostly (and they didn't give those away), but of course we were shooting 4x5 chromes and sometimes 8x10.

This type of photography, for you younger folks, involved inserting actual physical sheets of a coated plasticky material, called "film", into the back of the camera which were subsequently sent to a "lab" where they were "processed" with chemicals to reveal the latent images recorded thereon. Hard to believe, I know, but true.
I remember those days too with my Bronocolor strobes. Now I have PCB Einstein's with a cyber commander, what a difference!!!!!!
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Just to revisit this photograph, from your perspective Brooks, what retouching do you feel this image needs?
I thought it didn't need much retouching but Art Director Janice thought it did so she made these changes....
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Thanks for the update Brooks, I appreciated seeing the suggestions and changes.


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