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Playboy, ,Johnny Crosslin Golden look...how is it done?

Mission Henrikson , Jul 01, 2007; 10:36 p.m.

Playboy...Johnny Crosslin Golden look,how is it done?


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Emre Safak , Jul 01, 2007; 10:55 p.m.

With a golder reflector :)

It seems he is fond of lubed models in diffused light and a full tonal scale.

[Not appropriate for work, unless you work for Playboy.]

Mission Henrikson , Jul 02, 2007; 01:15 a.m.

Hi Emre,

Thanks for the response.

Do you mean low contrast when you say "full tonal scale"?

Do you think he is just bouncing the diffused light off a gold reflector with a couple side hair lights?


Mike Dixon , Jul 02, 2007; 01:57 a.m.

He's probably using amber gels on his lights to give the golden glow (and using a color temperature meter to adjust the gels for consistency).

In addition to the main (big softbox or strip dome) and hairlight, he's using another light behind the model and to the right to provide rim lighting on most of the shots.

caleb condit , Jul 02, 2007; 03:34 a.m.

amber gels is probably right, as well as setting the color temp on the camera a bit warm, and a golden reflector as needed as. Plus, I have a friend that's done a bit of makeup for Playboy and she says she ALWAYS uses a bronzing sheen for the body, which adds to the effect.

To get this effect, you'll have to light everything pretty well. This means less dramatic. It can be achieved readily with some larger (2x3Meters) softboxes with as much diffusion as possible.

Just remember, all these shots include full body makeup, not just the face and it shows.

Emre Safak , Jul 02, 2007; 08:57 a.m.

I mean he likes the histogram to run from black to white, with detail at both extremes, as opposed to using only midtones, for example.

Ellis Vener , Jul 02, 2007; 09:38 a.m.

For the main light, Large (54" x 72") Chimera softboxes or Elincrom Octalights that are gelled with combinations of Rosco or Lee Straw and different strengths (1/8, 1/4, 1/2) of CTO filter. Playboy photographers will use layers of theses gels ( for instance, the entire face of the softbox witll have a 1/2 STRAW or 1/4 CTO and the middle 1/2 strip will have another layer of 1/4 or 1/8, 1/4 or 1/2 CTO so the light is progressively warmer from edge to center.

Randall Paul , Jul 02, 2007; 10:58 a.m.

Ellis is correct. Lee Filters is a great source for your gels a use of a warming filter is cool as well as bouncing off of the gold reflector provided you can control the consistancy of light around the subject and back ground. For me because I am not anywhere at any one time and have no base, I mainly shoot cine lighting i.e. Hot lights, so I am into Gels and filters. You can also adjust the color temp in your photoshop for final tweaking but best to get it first from the lens. Good Luck

ellis is correct but

Mission Henrikson , Jul 02, 2007; 02:56 p.m.

Thanks for all the intelligent tips and feedback.

jacob smith , Jul 02, 2007; 08:52 p.m.

Don't forget photoshop. :)

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