Hi, last week I promised you to do something bigger for this weeks pic. And I would be a really bad German if I wouldn’t keep my promises now wouldn’t I ;-)? I wanted to make a Cyborg for some time now, but up to now, I was a little afraid that my photoshop skills weren’t good enough for this job. So I postponed it time and time again. For this week, I finally decided to just jump into the cold water and give it a try. At first, I was uncertain of the makeup to use and how to shoot this. But after I made the first test pictures with Marie, I was impressed how well it already looked plain out of cam. I just wish I had some more cyborg accessories for this. I used a total of 4 strobes for this with 2 of them being gridded softboxes. The more I use my softboxes with their grids on, the more I’m liking the gridded light. Unfortunately, the softboxes I have are not so big, so you have to take extra care to get your aiming right, but when the aiming is right, the light is just awesome! And because I did like the picture straight out of cam, I decided to show you the before and after of this pic. So here is the shot straight out of cam:
The post production for this was pretty extensive. It is a bunch of work to paint all these glowing lines and hinges so that they match the body feature. I spent a pretty long time with editing this picture and I easily could have spent some more hours. But as my deadline is approaching now, I need to stop somewhere. I think I will do another Cyborg pic in the future, now that I understand the concept of how this is done.
I used a 4 strobe setup for this. One gridded softbox at 07:00 as main light. One gridded striplight at 02:00 as rim light. One strobe through an umbrella at 10:00 at minimum power as hairlight. And finally one bare strobe on the ground at 07:00 to lighten up the gun (which worked amazingly well).
So long – Florian