Anand Jayaraman, Cr.Photog., CPP, who has roots in India, created “Third Eye Unleashed” while photographing Niya, a friend who is a classical Bharatanatyam dancer. She wanted some images for an upcoming performance. “After shooting many different expressions and poses, I settled on an expression/pose called “raudra,” which translates to anger, and ‘Third Eye Unleashed’ was born,” he says. Jayaraman’s two studios, AJ Photoz and Rings and Blessings Wedding Photography, are based in Ashburn, Virginia, and specialize in, respectively, pageantry, fashion, and family portraits, and wedding photography.
CAMERA & LENS: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens
EXPOSURE: 1/160 second at f/9, ISO 100
LIGHTING: The main light was a Paul C. Buff AlienBees B800 strobe with a 32x48-inch Neewer soft box about two feet from the subject, camera left. An AlienBees B800 strobe was used for fill light with a 32-inch Westcott white umbrella on the same plane as the camera (8 feet from the subject). Flashpoint Studio 300 strobes and 12x56-inch strip boxes served as hair lights about three feet behind the subject.
POST-CAPTURE: Jayaraman made basic adjustments in Adobe Lightroom and used Imagenomic Portraiture to smooth the skin and remove blemishes. In Adobe Photoshop, he turned the dress from cream to green, enhanced the background with texture and an image from his personal collection, and modified the color for greater harmony. The final edits were made in Photoshop CC using dodge and burn, curves and levels adjustments, and sharpening techniques.