Portfolio Work : Marc Lucero

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I am currently working on some new portfolio images and was working with Marc Lucero [website], a comedian who lives in my neighborhood.

Our plan is to put together a diverse set of images, which will include both digital and film, and mainly on location.  For this part of the portfolio build we worked in a private function room making use of the invisible black backdrop [tutorial] as well as some of the furniture available there, already.

The lighting which was used was one light, Alien Bee, with different modifiers – octabank, shoot through umbrella or grid.  All pictures taken with my Nikon D700 and a 50mm or 135mm lens.

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Marc Lucero Social Media


I look forward to adding further pictures from our shoot – as you can see I do like this black background technique.  It is simple, effective, and for those who don’t know how it works it does astound them somewhat!

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Revisiting old images with new techniques

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I have been making space on my hard drives and whilst looking at the pictures I took some time ago I wanted to edit them using new techniques as well as filters which I have on the new Photoshop CC.  This is an image I took of Kris Sommerville which I retouched using techniques by Glyn Dewis.

The image was taken using one large softbox and making use of the inverse square law to get the background to go dark as it has.  The post processing consisted of a raw conversion, sharpening as well as a different than usual black and white conversion.

Sommerville film noir

I personally love this film noir style because of its striking drama.  It is simple to achieve and very effective.

I based some of the post processing on the following video tutorial by Glyn Dewis

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Promo Shoot : Jason Wing

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I had the pleasure of working with very talented British actor, Jason Wing not so long ago.

Jason is an actor / screenwriter from South West London.  His father was Cherokee and his mother British.  He  trained at the Drama Centre via a Sir Anthony Hopkins scholarship. Jason has had both film and theatre roles as well as cameos in feature films.  His screenwriting credits include The Ballad Of Mulla And Mullins, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010 [Jason’s website]

Jason asked me to help him refresh his actors’ portfolio and as part of his new portfolio we were going to be working mainly with 35mm film as well as some digital images.

For the digital images we used my back garden as the intention was to have pictures with a black background.  The technique I used to achieve this look can be found on Glyn Dewis’ Youtube Channel by clicking here

The film shots were taken close by at Kensal Green Cemetery.  I love this place – with so much history as well as parts where you can take great pictures.

For the shoot I used the following equipment –

Olympus OM2n SLR + 50mm f1.8

Nikon D3s

50mm f1.4

85mm f1.8

The film for the OM2n was Kodak Portra 400 and Kodak BW400CN.  I love the Portra as so far it has behaved differently for each shoot I have used it for.


Kodak Portra 400


Kodak Portra 400


Kodak BW400CN

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Kodak BW400CN




I hope you like the pictures.  Please feel free to leave your comments below.  Should you wish to refresh your portfolio whether with digital, or analogue pictures, get in touch for more info either via e-mail or through my website.  E-mail me on todor@nw10photography.com.

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Please note: Should these images be used without permission you will be liable for unauthorised use invoice.

The wife

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Just a quick post – here is an image I wanted to share of the gorgeous Mrs O getting ready before we set out to a wedding the other week

This was a very simple shot taken on my Nikon D700, 50mm lens and at f1.4.  A very simple conversion to black and white in LR.

Our next blog post will feature a couple of images from my headshot portfolio builders that I am currently doing.

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Promo Shoot : Julian Klinger

Not so long ago I worked with up and coming British actor and good buddy of mine, Julian Klinger.  I had the pleasure of working with him again a few days ago.  The intention of this shoot was to do something casual as well as get Julian into a winged shirt with a loose bow tie and go for the guy who has just won at the casino look.

As always Julian was a pleasure to work with.  Extremely professional, and above all else able to portray the characters we wanted to capture with ease and conviction.

The lighting was simple during our shoot.  The images with the grey background were taken using two softboxes to the side and one beauty dish to the front.  With the other shots of Julian in the tuxedo, these were taken either with a softbox, or a beauty dish which was to Julian’s right and facing down at him – oh and a reflector on some of those!

Here are two images from the shoot.  One is of Julian wearing a white t-shirt and dark blue jeans and the second is the tuxedo shot.

The editing was simpe using a couple of techniques that I have been experimenting with of late – and which I will be sharing with you soon.

I hope that you like these images, please feel free to leave your comments.


Vienna in Love : More Promo images

Alot of the last few weeks has been spent either studying photoshop techniques, client frame orders, and dealing with a backlog of editing especially images for my main site [click here].

From allthe images that I have added to the site, these two are my favourites –


Maternity Shoot : More pictures

Last week I posted an image from a maternity shoot which I did with a gorgeous couple from Windsor.  The plan was to do some shots inside as well as some outside making full use of the local area.

The house was well lit with natural light as well as having lovely lilac coloured walls which were going to be used as a background for any portraits – although there were some images where I tried using a softbox.  We were lucky as there was an industrial estate not so far from their home where we used the different walls/materials for texture when doing the outside pictures.

Here are a selection of images from the shoot.  All images have been process through LightRoom and then editing applied in PhotoShop CS5.