The shot

i chose a studio setting for my Nefertiti idea as i wanted complete control over the lighting and a plain backdrop that would not distract the viewer's attention from the model. The ancient Egyptian way of drawing or sculpting people was to show the most interesting part of the body, with the head in profile and the thorax seen from the front, and this is mirrored in the pose i was most pleased with. i used several small light sources to give the image a three-dimensional look and to lift Kala out from the background, giving depth to the picture.

Checking the details i zoomed in to check the sharpness of the image and to make sure that she had the right expression in her eyes. i knew now that Kala and i had found the ultimate pose from the shoot.

Nefertiti

FOR THiS SHOT Camera: Canon 5D; 80mm lens Aperture: f/1

Shutter speed: 1/15th of a seconc Sensor/film speed: iSO 100 Lighting: Seven Broncolor flash heads

Lighting the background

To make the gray background appear more vivid, i shined one of the lights through a cut-out screen. i could have created the effect in Photoshop, but i prefer to create as much of the finished image as possible in the shoot.

Positioning the lights i positioned two lights to Kala's left, and angled one on her hair and the other to highlight her neck, separating her from the background.

Positioning the lights i positioned two lights to Kala's left, and angled one on her hair and the other to highlight her neck, separating her from the background.

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