Sue shows how to create dark, sultry, low-light Film Noir images using natural light. After this lesson, you will feel inspired to explore the dark.
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The retouch Video is not playing…. can you fix it? Thanks!
I am shooting film noir Tuesday with a personal trainer
Brilliant, I So love this part !
Quite by accident during a shoot the other night my lights didn’t fire so the only lights hitting the model were the modeling lights. I immediately thought of this video and they wound up keepers.
Sue, it seems like there IS a bit of a highlight coming onto them from up above. Is this because your ceilings are so high? I have a 9′ ceiling so there’s not a ton of space for light to leak over the 8′ vflat…
For some reason when I try to watch the retouching video it opens the shoot video so I am unable to watch the retouching component. Q and A and low light shot videos work fine
I hope this isn’t a silly question, but is it possible to achieve a similar look using strobes? I shoot in a space with no natural light (gasp!).
Yes, it is possible to achieve the similar look; build the same set, and instead of a window place the strobes in the same place. It is very important, that the stropelight stands behind the v-flat and is not hitting the person directly!
Hi Sue. I have a question after trying this lighting out. I have had two models. One with a visible Farmer’s tan and one with no visible tan. The first one had the visible tan lines when I shot so I did not worry. However, my second model didn’t have visible tan lines, yet when I shot two stops under I could see a difference there. It’s really weird – can you shed any light on the matter (lol)?
This is such an exciting lighting. Thx Sue I feel so inspired. I’ll be recreating these looks on Wednesday!
Dodge & Burn, what is the highlight and what is the shadow? Dodge = Shadow?
dodge is when you brighten something and burn is when you darken it!
Incredible genre… love it. .. XxxWen
Thanks too for the info about using curves to accentuate the upper torso instead of burning the legs in. It’s so simple and works so well.
Hi Sue, Have you ever done a tutorial on how you setup photoshop, alien skin etc for retouching? I was observing your setup in PS and it looked very simple to follow. You are truly a blessing to people sharing all your knowledge.
I can see these as beautiful negative space portraits with mom and baby! Thanks for the inspiration Sue!
Where can we see the beautiful pictures you took during this class?
Thank you Sue I am new at this type photography and just excited about what you are teaching, I have learnt so much in the last few nights of studying your work. Thank you so much
Beautiful technique – so inspiring as always, thank you Sue 🙂 I’m going to try this outdoors at dusk.
This is a great specialty. Thanks for bringing us this one. So good! The posing is excellent. The opening pointers on Gerson are right on.
ok so i thought of a question i have a guy who has lost over 140lbs and would like to do a body building session because he is going to be a fitness coach, i told him that film noir would be a good session for him but what poses or lighting or direction can i do to kind out hide any flab that he may have he’s not fully ready yet but will be by the fall ..so what would you recommend ?
So incredibaly beautiful…I can’t wait to do this!!!
aaaaand Ive reached out to all of my super crossfitting friends. GAH! Sue!!! GAH! <3
thanks so much Sue. I have my model all lined up. Sooooo excited :)!
This was so much fun;) Thank you Sue!
Great class! But I have a question. Sue, on the video you told that you wouldn’t use that light set up for a men. How would you modify the light set up for a men?
Oh sorry Laia i absolutely DO and DID maybe I just confused you with my accent? what part are you referring too
“This light is not different form Cathelin from Jady which its really odd because normally
I would change the light a lot for a girl or for a boy” –> Which one would you use normally? Harder light? More contrast between lights and shadows?
Thank you again.
Whith your educational site besides my photography and business skills I’m improving my English 🙂
Love this so much. Thanks so much for showing retouching aswell. I can’t wait to go try this! x
Love love love! Thank you Sue for this class, I always wanted to do something like this and I tried before but not quite there yet. You filled in the gaps and more! I am so thankful! Loved the nail retouch, I have done it so many times that now I have fake nails for the forgetful clients. xx