People’s Choice Photo Challenge – Best Face Photo (January)

31 Jan

I popped over to iheartfaces today…. and saw they were running a weekly photo challenge today.

I thought, “Yay! More fun!” =) So here’s my entry in their contest. I *think* this is the best entry I could put out there…. though I’d love to hear what you think of it compared to some of my other work which you can see on my website.

Squeek Photography

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Here’s my entry for this week’s contest: Best Face Photo in January.

Strobist Setup:

1AB800 at 1/16 power behind subject with 20° grid. Had to hide the bee below the shoulders of the subject and point it upward slightly. about 3-4 feet from charcoal-colored seamelss. (slaved)

1SB800 with DIY ring light around camera at 1/8 power in front of subject – even in height to subject’s upper head. about 2-3 feet away from subject. (triggered with PWplusII)

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this photo! Please leave them in the comments section below! Thanks for your time!




Posted by on January 31, 2011 in Photography, portraits, seamless, website


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17 responses to “People’s Choice Photo Challenge – Best Face Photo (January)

  1. Melissa

    January 31, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Awesome entry!

  2. Karin Griffin

    January 31, 2011 at 11:49 am

    This is crisp, unique, modern! Wow! It is such a cool effect you have created! I like the composition, lighting, and expression.

  3. Erin Norman | Las Vegas Children's Photographer

    January 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Wow, I LOVE this! It definitely caught my eye on the challenges page. And thanks for sharing the details, I don’t do studio lighting so I’m always curious on how its done. 🙂

  4. Kori Hobbs

    January 31, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Love this photo!

  5. Lea

    January 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I saw this photo entered in the contest this week, and it immediately caught my eye because it is SO different from the rest that have been submitted… and I LOVE it. 🙂 Nice work. The contrast, the expression, the blackest blacks and whitest whites, the subject matter… everything. It’s great!! And I LOVE all of the info you included about the photo! Great for learning!

  6. Jill

    January 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    WOW! Well done!

  7. Julie & John Sadler

    January 31, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I agree with Karin & think this is definitely a stand-out winner!

  8. squeekphoto

    January 31, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Aww! Thanks everyone! You have all made my day! =)

    Thank you sooo much for your positive comments!


  9. nikki

    January 31, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    love it!

  10. Christina

    February 1, 2011 at 2:12 am

    I love the lighting! Love the whole photo!

  11. Terry McClary

    February 1, 2011 at 4:36 am

    This image screams steampunk to me…which is awesome! The lighting and black and white processing are superb.

  12. Janea Greene

    February 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this pic!!! I totally voted for it too!! I went over to your flickr account to see your DIY ring flash.. how did you make it?

    • squeekphoto

      February 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      I really love strobist for great money saving ideas and blueprints for stuff like that ring flash. It’s not got as much oomf as, say, and Alien Bee Ringlight/Moon-Unit…. but it’ll do in a pinch. Here’s a blueprint that’s pretty similar to what I did to make mine:

      I went up to Wal-Mart and got a large bowl, a small bowl and cup – all plasticware. You’ll also need foamcore (for around the flash unit head), and aluminum foil tape (for your reflective surface). I recommend using a key-fab or something similar to smooth wrinkles and rough up the surface of the aluminum foil tape too. Helps with the light output on the ringlight. I used electrical tape to secure everything to itself. Hope that kinda helps! =)

  13. Holly

    February 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    LOVE this!!! You are definitely gets one of my ten votes. Well done! I’m #107.

  14. Traca

    February 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Stunning! Great light!

  15. Joscie, rhymes with bossy

    February 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    stunning shot, i love it!

  16. Mom/Grandma

    February 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I loved this photo from the moment I saw it. It is so unique and stunning. You constantly amaze me my dear with your wonderful eye and creativity.


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