Lui Cardenas's picture

KC Nelson - RAW Project

This is part of an ongoing project called "RAW Project" I hand painted a canvas backdrop and use basic 2 light setup to shoo the models. The idea is to have the girls wear very simple clothing as well as little or no makeup.

Model: KC Nelson
Hair & MUA: Osmar Marquez

Canon 5D Mark II
70-200 @ 125mm · f/5.6 · 1/200 s · ISO 100
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Paul Topol's picture

was that a hair light and a light 45deg from camera? did you use a reflector camera right?

Lui Cardenas's picture

Hi Paul! Yes, most of the times I use my lights in a 45º, used a big umbrella with diffuser to create a soft light and had a V-flat on the right side to fill in the shadows.

Jason Bodden's picture

Beautiful portrait.

Lui Cardenas's picture

Thank you Jason!

Mark Richardson's picture

Can you please tell me more about the backdrop? I want to create something very similar. What paint did you use? Is it canvas? Any suggestions? Thanks!

Lui Cardenas's picture

Hi Mark! It is canvas, I actually used home paint. Just made sure it was matte/flat. I used a gray as the base and changed the tones combining it with black or white paint as needed. Used a textured roll to paint the entire canvas then used different types of sponges to start creating texture and tones. It took a while but I loved the result. I've been using it for almost a year now and it still looks great.

Mark Richardson's picture

That's awesome! Any tips on the canvas itself? Is it like a large painter's canvas that you can get from home depot?

Louis Tinsley's picture

Great shot!

Lui Cardenas's picture

Thank you Louis!

Paul Stolle's picture


Lui Cardenas's picture

Thank you Paul!