Behind The Picture

The Story Behind the Picture

Rebecca Mary “White Angel”

Rebecca Mary Angel Wings

I was shooting with Top model and TV actress Rebecca Mary on another project and I ask her if she would pose for another shot I had in mind. She agreed and I gave her the outfit which she put on and with in no time Rebecca took on the image of the White Angel. The wings had been given to me by a client that I had been shooting a catalog for. I had found the shoe’s which were the start my idea for this shot. Once I had the shots I needed I called it a rap and set about working on the images in Adobe® Photoshop. I did not need to do much as I had set my lights up to give me a nice clean shot. If I had used film I think I would have use an ASA of 1600 to give the grain. But by using a filter I got the grunge image I was looking for. So there you have it “The White Angel”

Rebecca Mary Angel Wings

"The White Angel" - Story Behind the Picture

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On Location Yvette Nelson

Yvette Nelson

Most guys would pass on this shot (Image below) and put it in the trash bin. Not only did I fix the exposure, I then went and took it all the way to eleven. (Spinal Tap) I opened the image into Adobe® Photoshop and adjusted the color and exposure. I also put a top on the model (Yvette Nelson) as she was topless during the shoot and we needed it to have no nudity for the publication. Yvette is also normally a brunette so we put a blonde on her during the shoot just to do something different.

Yvette Nelson

As you can see below this is the final images we ended up with using I think it came out fantastic as it could have been over looked if not for the time spent in Adobe® Photoshop bring it back to life.

Yvette Nelson

Joe DeRenzo

joe Derenzo

Got a call from a well known jazz drummer and producer in New York, Joe DeRenzo, he was going to be in Los Angeles and made the request that he wanted me to shoot an image of him under the HollyWood sign and then at a drum store, Were I would film him drumming to promote his new book. This would be like a mini commercial.
So we set off to the HollyWood sign and set some drum skin’s up to reflect in his glasses keeping the sign in the background of the shot.
Next we headed out to the Guitar Center we I had the permission to shot the mini commercial there. We picked out a drum set and Joe started to play. As I shot some images a crowd become more aware that this was a moment to bee seen. Once I got the still images I switched out to shoot the video. I use a Canon G15 to make all my shots and the movie. We got all the shot’s and footage we needed so we were done with the first part. Back at my office we set about cutting the movie.

joe Derenzo

joe Derenzo
"Drummers of Melody, Rhythm & Creativity"

Written and compiled by Joe DeRenzo

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Swedish Model

Swedish Model Jacki

I had an e-mail from a Swedish magazine that they have a model that is coming to Los Angeles, and have made the request that I shoot with her for an editorial. After some negotiation I agree and she then fly’s out to LA and come’s by the studio for me to shoot. Now this studio (We rent for the day) has a rooftop that I can shoot on. So I have my guys set up a steel frame work to hold a large scrim over the top of my shooting space. I also get them to place a black backdrop up at one end and place a card at the very back of the top of the frame. (Over top of the scrim) this stop’s light coming down onto the black background.

Next we use a board with lots of mirror’s on it that we can bend. We bend that board to the shape that I need so that the reflective sunlight that hits the backdrop in spots. I use a large reflector to bounce light back at the model. This reflective light also give’s a catchlight in her eyes at the same time. I open my f stop about 1/2 a stop more than the metered light on the model for the exposure, so that I get shadow detail. We look at the images as we shoot to keep close eye on the exposure. When working with natural light it can change on you from time to time.

Swedish Model Jacki

After the shoot all the images are taken into Adobe® Photoshop and then they are all converted into the color I request. The result’s as you can see is a fabulous part blue look not just plan B/W. This will help make the model (Images) stand out in the publication of the Swedish magazine.

Firefighter Paramedic

Jose Bladwin

Like most covers of magazine these days it all start’s with being commission from the Editor. They have a story in the magazine and need a shot to go with it, this assignment was a firefighter editoral. It seemed for me the only way to shoot the cover was to put a guy who had great eye contact with the viewer of the magazine. That's how they like to sale the magazine. "Eye’s looking out at you". It just so happened that I had a buddy up the road that is a real firefighter paramedic. I went by to see if he would pose for the shot and he said OK.

Sunday morning he came by the studio, I had my lights all set up ready to go. One light for the face with a reflector under his face to bounce some light back up under the helmet. The two light with orange gels to the back of each side of him. The trick is to make sure that the model is far away from the backdrop to keep it black. At the last min I washed some smoke in the background air that the back lights would pick up and bam! There is the shot. Its that ezy when you know how!

Firefighter Paramedic.

Tiffany Selby Cover Shot

Tiffany Selby Playboy Playmate

Working on an idea for a new cover shot for my book “Tips & Tricks” Vol II when I had thought about a lighting trick I could use. This lighting would give a separation from the model and background with the use of light, not just, bokeh (the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens).

I was given an outfit from a company that I was shooting images for there catalog a sexy-cowboy/cowgirl outfit part of a Halloween shoot & thought I could make it a cowgirl bandit with a mask, but the trick was to have the mask done with makeup. In fact it was airbrushed on the model’s face (Image below). The background would be a nice red fluffy cloth, not just a red seamless. We went and made one big backdrop from two strips of the cloth.

I made a call to a Playboy® Playmate friend that I wanted to shoot for this shot, Tiffany Selby Miss July 2007 and she agreed to model for me. I wanted to have a model that was not going to be just a big boob girl but had great face and sexy legs & is well portioned. Tiffany is also a seasoned professional. Lighting would be a ring light from the front and two 1/2 domes one on each side from behind poniting to the side’s of her body. As Tiffany was so close to the backdrop I did not need any light on it. It works that the ring-light would light up the background from over spill. The two 1/2 domes were 1F stop higher than the ring light so as to give a nice high light on the models sides. I put the image into Adobe® Photoshop and played with the colors with some of my trick filters and got to the result I was looking for. Hope you guy’s like the end result! Will be in my new book “Tips & Tricks” Vol II.

Carrie Stevens 1930s

Carrie Stevens Playboy Playmate

Carrie Stevens is an all American actress and model. You have probably have seen Carrie on many hit TV shows, plus also appearing in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Allure, and of course Playboy® Magazine as Miss June 1997. You might have also seen her on the big screen, opposite Oscar winner Hillary Swank. Carrie also appeared in "Rock Star" with Mark Wahlberg. These images that I have taken of her are for my book “Tips & Tricks” Vol II. The backdrop for these images was painted by my Dad who use to work for Disney® as there Art Director for the theme park's in the US & Paris, France. In one of my class's I will instruct you on how it all got to be put together and why I also used daylight and ring-light to end up with these spetacula shots. That is why I make this shoot an Eleven. “Tips & Tricks

 

Carrie Stevens Playboy Playmate
You can also view a video on youTube from this fantastic shoot.

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Irina Voronina

Irina Voronina PlayBoy Playmate

Irina Voronina Russian model/actor was chosen to be Playboy's Playmate® for the Month in January 2001. I had the pleasure to work with this lovely blonde 5’ 10” 35C-25-36 model for a shoot that was published in Australia People magazine, Irina was featured in the movie Reno 911 were she played a topless beach bunny. This image was taken from one of the cover shoot’s that was also published in Playboy magazine. What make's this a eleven is just the fact that it’s an amazing image with a life of its own. I designed and made the backdrop for the shoot. You can find out how I shot this image from reviewing my book. “Tips & Tricks

 

Irina Voronina Cover People magazine

Yvette Nelson

Yvette Nelson

These images of model/actor Yvette Nelson were shot for a catalog (Color). But swiching the shot into a B/W it now lends itself to a classic editorial look that so many magazines in the 60s used to publish. Today many photographer's favor shooting on a gray backdrop for there editorials or just go out side to be inspired by what ever they can find. Its also said that you should never let a model put her finger in her mouth or a hand on a hip like a teapot, its so blaze, but I like this shot with the sexy gypsy girl look and Yvette's hand on her hip is just low enough to not be "My little teapot", for me it works and that's why I think it's an eleven.

Yvette Nelson

Tiffany Richardson

Tiffany Richardson

This shot is of model Tiffany Richardson AKA: Tiffany Lee a top pinup model in California. I found this location in South laguna beach California and making a note of the place and time that I should be there to take the shot, which was going to be a week later makes it part of the secret to getting a great image on location. This shot was going to be one of my images in a calendar that I had been commissioned to shot with 12 other lovely girls in swimsuits each with a different location. Why I like this shot? is because its all natural lighting and that the timing of the day was spot on. I also did not have to take a lot of equipment to shoot it. We did use a reflector to bounce the light back onto the model and I opened my f stop 1/2 stop on the camera, to make sure I got shadow detail. By using the 4 P’s in photography it translates to why this image its an eleven. “Preparation permits perfect photography”. Plus Tiffany looks fantastic & what a great model to work with.

 

Tiffany Richardson