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Hello and thank you for all your comments, watches, favs and group submissions. I really appreciate it a lot! Feel free to add me on, 500px, Facebook or whatsoever. I don't bite and I like friends! =^_^=

I live in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, often travel to Sweden, do mainly photography plus a bit of music and video-editing. I've been a web-degigner and illustrator for many years in the past, and I'm now using that experience in other fields, being a full-time photographer. I prefer to shoot people: specialized in headshots, classic and fashion portraits and artistic nudes. If you're interested in working with me, I'm available for discussing payed assignments. You can buy most of my prints when you feel so.



I Just Sold...

Undressed by DmitryElizarov


March 30, 2014
10x15 Inch Print
Here's how I edit my portraits most of the time. The video is obviously sped up, but I've put some on screen headlines in there, and you can see lots of details in HD.

  • Listening to: "The Gold Lining" by Broke For Free
  • Playing: Battlefield 4
  • Drinking: Pepsi

Remember those shots?
Rectangles by DmitryElizarov Grape flavoured morning by DmitryElizarov

Even if you don't, there's some sexy stuff for you again. A small sensual video test shot together with Angela back in 2011 on the same day in the same place. Never had a chance to properly edit and color grade it up until yesterday. So enjoy this one! :)

PS: Don't forget to turn your quality up!
  • Listening to: Olafur Arnalds - Near light
Superwoman 1 by DmitryElizarovSuperwoman 2 by DmitryElizarov

Hello everyone!

It's time to talk about how you can make the light and color work for you at your own home studio. And I'm gonna show you how I made this little set with mix of heroic and erotic approach. But first, some EXIF data: here I used my Nikon D7000 with Sigma 50mm f/1.4 (stopped down to f/2), shutter speed of 1/100 and ISO 125. Why?

First of all, 50mm focal length lens on a cropped-sensor body is a wise choice if you're not in a sports stadium but in a regular sized room. When framing from overhead to knees or wider it keeps the distortion of your model 's appearance pretty low, at the same time letting you stay close enough to feel like you actually taking part in something. The shutter speed of 1/100 at f/2 allows you to expose both strobes and constant light and maintaining the depth of field shallow enough to blur the backdrop a bit. And the ISO 125, well, it's just an increment from ISO 100 that I had to make in order to have a slightly brighter image without touching aperture once again :)

What do we need?

Besides a camera with a hot shoe and a proper model, I used:
  • 1 studio light
  • 1 90x60 cm softbox
  • 2 light stands
  • 1 radio transmitter and 2 receivers
  • 1 huge translucent white reflector as a backdrop

The diagram


Our color is connected with our light from the beginning. Here the key light source is a preview lamp of a studio head on a stand, turned on full power. This constant light with lots of orange tones in it (almost like a regular incandescent lamp) coming through the big softbox will be "warming" the model's face and body both in terms of color temperature and just literally. But the other two light sources are speedlights, which are only engaged when we push the button. One is standing beside the backdrop and flashes through the custom modifier, providing bright diagonal lines. And one is simply hanging over the top pointing towards the camera as a hair light and a flare combined. Their color is definitely bluer, closer to daylight, and since the white balance in camera is set to 3000K, providing us with mid blue tone over the whole image, including the skin, everything that is hit by strobes will seem simply very blue.

Small tricks
  1. The "custom modifier" is somewhat like a metal casserole with wholes in its bottom, which I believe was made to hold cutlery. Now with proper hands and a bit of tape this can be connected to our flash. A flash mount for stands will be of a use, but that's not even necessary. The thing is, because the light travels in a certain way, and our off camera flash has a rectangular shape, we can position the holes in a way that will give us not the spots of light but the long continues lines as shown on the picture.
  2. When placed in front of the lens, a transparent plastic one-time knife can create additional diffusion. Here it looks like a foundation of some kind of smoke in the lower left corner. Some water sprayed over it can help achieving even more dramatic effects. This is just a question of go and try.

The editing

Really nothing special here! I just removed the unnecessary details, cleaned up some stray hair, dodged & burned the skin here and there and used several adjustment layers with masks, mostly curves and local brightness/contrast.

That's it

So here we are. Hope you enjoyed this little behind the scenes talk. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Have a good time! :)



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PS: You might as well be interested in buying some of my good-looking-on-your-wall prints! That's what they are made for — to make your walls look even better then I'm sure they already do now -)

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silkesmooth Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
there're some people on the internet that you stumble upon over and over again :)
I'm already following you on 500px for a while now but never noticed this shot was from you…
I saw this image not long ago used as a youtube cover (I hope you know about that..) 
Just now I found your page by seeing the picture on someones wish list.

I feel like when I recognize one person on the internet by their talents over and over again it's time for closer observation. I'm officially your fan now ;)
M. Elizarov,
Bravissimo for your work and inspiracy... you somehow shows a new way of shooting nudes and faces... don't know much how to say, but i can feel it...
i'm gonna think about it and be back to tell...
DmitryElizarov Apr 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
You never came back to tell... Well, thanks anyways :D
stil thinkin'...
Dear Dmitry,
I must admit i'am a slow thinker... well, i want to congratulate you again for your work. Your way of taking pictures is very impressive. The way you use light, the way you play with colours... it really improve the visual sensations... the way you enlight the skin of your models, i think it's really great job... watching some of your creations i feel like touching those skins... feeling those hairs...
you must have a great artist-eye, because i feel like you know how to shoot your models to make them looking some kind of particular way... Hope you'll keep on with that great sort of inspiracy... light, colours and simplicity... you do perfect...
Bravo again...
PS : have you heard about Kris Strange, she's russian model...
PS2 : i'm french, sorry for my bad english...  
spyglassphotography Feb 19, 2014  Professional Photographer
Fantastic work...much respect.
Lionheartssj Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great photo work!
gandoulf Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
A really nice gallery !
Voblin Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Прекрасные работы. нравится когда кроме прекрасного тела есть еще и душа.
DmitryElizarov Feb 23, 2014  Professional Photographer
Спасибо. Нравится, когда это замечают ;)
Fantastic photography!  You have beautiful slender models to work with, and they find great poses for you to shoot!  Love the petite girls!! ;)
Agatochi Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Прекрасные фотографии. 
DmitryElizarov Feb 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
Спасибо )
DianaMelison Feb 1, 2014  Professional Photographer
Великолепная работа ! Очень нравится ваша фото-галерея ! 
DmitryElizarov Feb 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
Благодарю )
ibarczyk Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic ! Amazing portraits ! ;-)
KiLLERdjay Jan 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Amazing artworks!
The-WoobiE Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You photography is great. 
DmitryElizarov Jan 26, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you )
EMVDS Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely photography! :D Really like the portrait of Bride Kristina, her eyes look beautiful!

Funny, my boyfriend is Russian too, his name is also Dmitry (Dimitri here in Holland) and he also used to live in Saint-Petersburg haha:) (Smile) 
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