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The Heir of Plavalaguna – Behind the Scenes

It has been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to sit down and do a little writeup for my site and quite honestly, it feels amazing to be back!

Over the past 2 months or so, I’ve found myself becoming obsessed with costumes and special effects makeup.  In fact, I’ve been so obsessed I’m going out of my way to attend some comic book and cosplay conventions just to meet some amazing talents out there! Exciting stuff 🙂

In light of this recent obsession, I’ve been trying to do more to introduce more unique characters into my work.  I’ve always been a fan of creating characters within my art – but I’m at the point where I want to step process up a notch. Despite considering myself pretty decent with Photoshop, there’s only so much I can do to transform a normal looking person into something not of this world.

Prep work:

Gear Used

Despite having been in a bit of a gear-acquisition mode as of late, this shot was very simple with regards to gear.  I dusted off my Elinchrom Quadra’s and loaded up the new  41″ Deep Umbrella (White) as key light and a simple white v-card as the reflector.   As usual, this was shot with my 5D Mk2 and my recently acquired 85mm.

Here’s a shot of the setup:

The model stood right at the table.  Please ignore the small octa softbox on the left – it was not used.  All three photos (The Queen’s Void, The Mask of Pădurii, and one more photo to be released soon) used this lighting setup.  The only difference amongst the three is how far the model stood from the white board!



Models: Christine Carter, Brianne Buishas, and Nicole Gregory

MUAs: Kacy Tatus, Christine Carter





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Steven Kowalski

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Steven Kowalski: Portrait photographer based in Chicago. Teacher. NYU grad.

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