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: Zombies

09-25-2013, 10:29 PM
I checked out a Zombie 5K and got some people to pose for me. I used an off camera speedlight. I was going to dramatic lighting and gritty post possessing. Critiques and comments welcome.

09-26-2013, 07:44 AM
They don't look zombie enough. Too much life in their eyes. Maybe if you remove the catch light from the flash.

While I don't like the pose in the first shot I do think that it is more appropriate. But maybe if her arms were out a bit more rather than shot straight on. Have a look at other people's (professional) zombie shots and see how they pose.

I think a little Photoshop color adjustment would also help. Maybe add some green and blue or some kind of cross process that will skew the colors so the look a bit less natural. I like the lighting the shallow depth of field

09-26-2013, 02:58 PM
Where did you find that cool place to take the photos? More makeup would not hurt and would probably make them look more like actual zombies.

09-26-2013, 04:01 PM
The 5k was at an old army base so I just look around and found that place. Yea haveong more makeup and stuff would have been nice but I just asked random people to pose for me and not a lot of people dressed up that much.

09-26-2013, 04:03 PM
It was more of just a exercise in dramatic lighting.

09-27-2013, 12:41 AM
The last 2 had some pretty cool/scary looking poses. If the makeup was better I would say those 2 look like something out of a movie. I would suggest trying to take some photos of that cool old place by itself. Some up close pictures of the walls might make cool abstract photos. I don't know why but I want to see more of that place, it looks interesting and kind of spooky. It was an excellent choice for a place to take the zombie photos.

11-04-2013, 05:18 PM
I really like the background idea for the zombie look it was dark enough for the zombie look. The hands look to placed perfectly I would adjust them so the zombie looks more dead and exhausted. The eyes definitely look too alive so making the zombie more dead and dark would help. Great ideas though with the background and the zombie runner keep up the good work. I wish I had a background this good for my zombie picture...:)

04-24-2014, 03:44 PM
That looks like a fun shoot! For dramatic lighting I've learned it's best to either put the lighting just a little BEHIND the model to increase shadows, or tone down the brightness quite a bit. The only lighting that looks really dramatic is the first one, the rest (although good shots) just look bright. There's an important difference between shining a bright light from the side and creating a dramatic scene. You really want to create contrast, but not just by shining lights on them.

A great trick is to move the light very close, but then diffuse it through a sheet. The light will shine bright on one side of the person, but won't be so bright as to light the other side also. Often dramatic lighting is about what areas you DON'T have lit.

Good luck!