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Beauty photograph taken at Photokins, Cologne, Germany


About the Image

This beauty image was shot on stage in Cologne, Germany at the world's largest camera show: Photokina. Over 5 days there would be 185,000+ people attend.

On my first Photokina attendance, in 2008, I was in a booth looking at equipment when a friend introduced me to a well known German photographer, Guido Karp. We talked and he invited me to talk on his stage, which I did. Every Photokina after that, I was invited to speak again on stage about fashion & beauty photography.

Esther is a stunning model and this was my first time shooting with her. She had all but perfect skin, was very comfortable "In Her Skin" and moved well in front of hundreds of people watching. After my talk, one of the people in the audience said he could not believe I was able to shoot this image with just a single light.

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For Photographers

The Gear:
A Canon camera, 100 ISO, 1/160 second using a Canon 200mm f2 lens set to f2.8 hand held.

The Light:
A Lumedyne strobe using a reflector. No diffusion used, full hard raw light. The strobe head was about 2 feet (61CM) above her face pointing down.


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