SNL photography

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Draddy, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. Draddy macrumors regular

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    Anyone here love SNL's host photography as much as I do?

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    I want to rip it off and create a series of self portraits...

    But I want to set myself up for success, I have a D80 and what I think is an amazing portrait lens, a 60mm f/2.8 ...

    but what else goes on? What kind of light source do I need?
    What kind of post processing do you think is done besides colorizing? Sharpening?

    What kind of program can I use to get that amazing barely HDR look? (rather than the extreme photomatrix HDR everyone on here seems to be using.)



    Thanks a bunch!
     
  2. alecmcmahon macrumors regular

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    im not to great at reverse enginnering, but it looks like it would be 2 large softboxes on both sides, or other lighting. And most likely a ring flash.


    With some photoshoop
    :rolleyes::confused::rolleyes:
     
  3. ipodtoucher macrumors 68000

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    I agree!! I love their pictures! I think it would be hard to do this as a self portrait...try getting your best friend to help you out! They probably use multiple lights, and a super white background. Now with Photomatix you can adjust the settings to create a less harsh picture...and then add a bunch of saturation and contrast...thats what i think...lol
     
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  5. NoAverageJoe macrumors newbie

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    SNL = Saturday Night Live
     
  6. compuwar macrumors 601

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    It's difficult to tell with such small examples, but there's at least a light source from each side, you could probably do that with a diffusion panel or strip box on each side, you'll need one or two background lights to blow the background like that- if you can get a larger picture with the eyes in good you can see if you'll need something up front too- it looks like it- the side lights don't seem to be as hot up front, and the shadow under the chin says there's a high light out front, slightly to camera left.

    I'd probably try a softbox or stripbox on each side, a brolly for fill up front and either a background light right behind or one on each side with a white seamless or muslin backdrop.

    It's _possible_ that there are just really large light sources on each side with the left turned up a bit higher I suppose, and with stage lighting you can do a lot of stuff because you have a lot of lights, but that's how I'd start out.
     
  7. Draddy thread starter macrumors regular

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    you guys are awesome! Thank you very much!

    I couldn't find anything bigger anywhere... but all I know is that on my HDTV, those photos are absolutely incredible.

    EDIT: So I found out the photographers name is Mary Ellen Matthews, and doing google searches has come up with a few more results, such as

    http://www.natalieportman.com/gallery/mags_2006-snl
     
  8. Draddy thread starter macrumors regular

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  9. ipodtoucher macrumors 68000

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    Simply amazing! But i guarantee that they use something like a Hasselblad to get such sharp crisp quality...haha good luck buying a $25,000 camera hahaha
     
  10. Draddy thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah... most likely. (I always thought the blads were more than 25?) but it would be fun to try to achieve, even if I can't technically get near it, I would like to do the best I can. (maybe not as a self portrait, but just as a portrait in general.)
     
  11. ipodtoucher macrumors 68000

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    Haha i think the body alone is 25K for the lower end models, maybe? haha anywayz...i would try what these guys said...two soft boxes on left and right and so on...give it a try and show us your progress!
     
  12. compuwar macrumors 601

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