When I was working with make-up artists and one of them stepped into the room together with a model looking as a sculpture, I remembered hundreds of hours I spent in my childhood looking at painting reproductions in my favourite books. In that single moment I understood what do I want this photographs to look like. I wanted to get rid of any details bringing a viewer into reality, so I asked the model to cover unpainted neck and a top with her hair. I decided to make her look like she’s emerging from the background.
So I used a speed light, shoot-through white umbrella and a black flag as a background. I asked the model to stand in a distance from the background and set the flash on a low power to avoid lighting the flag.
I directed position of the model’s face and the direction of her gaze to create a feeling of a painting.
Makeup artist: Harriett Rothery
Without Dry Brush filter:
With Dry Brush filter:
2 Detail correction
a) removing body
b) eyes (before and after) – capillaries and highlights
c) removing jewelry (before and after)
after all detail correction:
4 Decreasing highlights on the cheek
5 Dry Brush filter
7 Increasing painterly effect in the eyes:
8 Floating face