Get Made / Get Whacked

July 12, 2010

Last week I was asked to shoot photos for possible posters for the upcoming Las Vegas Mob Experience. The idea was to have an image of a guy who is “Made” and then in an alternate poster he is being “Whacked”. My first concern was the second shot, I have to have a person behind the subject emerging from the shadows. How would I do this and not make it look cheesy. In the end I think I came up with good lighting configuration that kept the tone very dark and moody that also hid Hitman. (Note: on some monitors the textures in the back are not visable).

For the above treatment I used a the fireplace texture from Jessica Drossin’s Texture Pack 1. I also included preview of the pre-treated image below before Dodging and Burning so you can see where there was unintentional light spill on the backdrop.

Get Made / Get Wacked

Lighting Diagram for the shoot:

I will most likely still tweak this image for the final poster. I will update this post with the final image later.

  • http://www.barrykhanphotography.co.uk Barry

    Awesome idea… great result…

  • http://www.barrykhanphotography.co.uk Barry

    Awesome idea… great result…

  • http://jmorenophoto.com Jorge

    Fantastic work Ed, I really like the idea, it’s very creative. I like the darkness to it.
    Great shot with the hitman.

  • http://jmorenophoto.com Jorge

    Fantastic work Ed, I really like the idea, it’s very creative. I like the darkness to it.
    Great shot with the hitman.

  • Mstee4eva

    ,’;o]… Fab lighting, great shot & concept, keep em coming. Thanx

  • Mstee4eva

    ,’;o]… Fab lighting, great shot & concept, keep em coming. Thanx

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/noel82 Luca

    Great shot Ed!!!
    Love the concept and the lighting!!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/noel82 Luca

    Great shot Ed!!!
    Love the concept and the lighting!!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mischiru/ Kevin

    Thanks for the diagrams, I love my PROFESSIONAL 50mm 1.8D too!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mischiru/ Kevin

    Thanks for the diagrams, I love my PROFESSIONAL 50mm 1.8D too!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/bellasqueeza Bellasqueeza

    The 50mm 1.8D is my favorite pro lens too. That texture you added is super subtle, but a nice touch. The mobster definitely needs some more hair on his knuckles though……especially if he wants to get “made”. 😉

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/bellasqueeza Bellasqueeza

    The 50mm 1.8D is my favorite pro lens too. That texture you added is super subtle, but a nice touch. The mobster definitely needs some more hair on his knuckles though……especially if he wants to get “made”. 😉

  • admin

    it’s more noticeable on some screens

  • admin

    it’s more noticeable on some screens

  • Rodney

    The concept is simply brilliant.
    Maybe I would do a more hard/strong rimlight to show a little more of the contour of the subject, but the outfit and the processing, everything looks like a fun session. It remembers me when I did something similar ganster-like (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rodneymarin/4471936730/in/set-72157612683888609/)

  • Rodney

    The concept is simply brilliant.
    Maybe I would do a more hard/strong rimlight to show a little more of the contour of the subject, but the outfit and the processing, everything looks like a fun session. It remembers me when I did something similar ganster-like (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rodneymarin/4471936730/in/set-72157612683888609/)

  • http://www.k9studios.es Guille

    It’d be also interesting to know how you applied the texture in such subtle and beautiful way.
    Great job Ed.

  • http://www.k9studios.es Guille

    It’d be also interesting to know how you applied the texture in such subtle and beautiful way.
    Great job Ed.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/43159137@N04/ Piyush

    Ive only just bought my first speedlite and this is awesome to learn from. Cant wait to see more of your blog.

    My question to you is why use a 50mm ?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/43159137@N04/ Piyush

    Ive only just bought my first speedlite and this is awesome to learn from. Cant wait to see more of your blog.

    My question to you is why use a 50mm ?

  • admin

    Why not use a 50mm? Can you elaborate?

  • admin

    Why not use a 50mm? Can you elaborate?

  • Piyush

    Sorry, I meant was there a specific reason why you chose to use it instead of something else ?

    I can’t think why you wouldn’t but thought I’d ask incase there’s something I’m missing.

  • Piyush

    Sorry, I meant was there a specific reason why you chose to use it instead of something else ?

    I can’t think why you wouldn’t but thought I’d ask incase there’s something I’m missing.

  • admin

    I was in a smaller room…i wanted the longest lens possible to compress the background. 35mm would have been to wide. and I couldn’t step back far enough to use anything longer than a 50mm. Due to the 1/2 body shot…50mm was perfect. Keep in mind I was using a full frame camera.

  • admin

    I was in a smaller room…i wanted the longest lens possible to compress the background. 35mm would have been to wide. and I couldn’t step back far enough to use anything longer than a 50mm. Due to the 1/2 body shot…50mm was perfect. Keep in mind I was using a full frame camera.

  • http://twitter.com/Ewide Eric Wideman

    love the fifty… nice treatment… awesome dodge and burn…

  • http://twitter.com/giophotos Giovanni Arteaga

    Mobster wasn’t connected.   Thanks for sharing the diagram.  😉