Prada West – Hiphop Musician – Dramatic Portraits

Prada West – Hiphop Musician – Dramatic Portraits

A shoot with Prada West – musician and hip hop artist from Surrey, BC- in my home studio.  For this shoot I wanted to emphasize him a bit more.  Prada is, shall we say, “cut like a mofo”, and it’s hard to get a guy who looks like this in front of the camera and not shoot a bit to emphasize his muscles.

Prada West - hip hop artist and musician portrait

The lighting setup was fairly simple.  First I had to move the kitchen table, then set up a simple black background.  Then using two ePhoto 10×36″ strip boxes, with grids on them, one on either side, giving definition to his muscles, and a 24″ soft box to give some on-axis fill.

Prada West - hip hop artist and musician portrait

Prada West - hip hop artist and musician portrait in black and white

Prada West - hip hop artist and musician portrait in black and white

Prada West - hip hop artist and musician portrait

Post processing was fairly simple, a bit of clarity and “pop”, and I converted a few of the photos into black and white in Silver FX Pro.

Prada West - hip hop artist and musician portrait in black and white

Prada is still one of the coolest (and nicest) guys I know.  Definitely check out his website and YouTube channel for great hip hop music from this local Surrey BC rap artist.

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