That was a golden period for me, as there were no softwares (Adobe came in 1998,as per my understanding) Then for a 5x7 studios in metros, as they cud afford, charged Rs 125/ for a 5x7....We were satisfied with 35 or 40/.
Then color films or prints cud not be retouched, so my skill of makeup worked for me for hundreds of girls as the maximum photographs were for marriage proposals......and most faces of girls needed makeup on pimples, dark circles below eyes, nose, lips and more negative points which needed correction. There is lot to write for dresses, hairs etc, as the God put all natures' beauty in women.
The pic is one of them, duly makeuped. Her face is broad so needed short lighting thus I took several for my satisfaction. Here I kept it plain and flat, using three lighting as can be seen in the eyes, one at 45 degree and another near to camera and one top flash to light hairs,using Nikon soft focus filter....In total I had 5 lights, besides diffused daylight. There is no dearth of light anywhere, outdoors too...which sometimes I used with off-camera flash triggered by a slave or radio unit or otherwise a 10ft chord attached to camera socket....For stages I made a 20ft chord., so on so forth, as we dived into photography on all subjects (strangely enough without any modern gadget yet to be invented,as today), except underwater and ariel, as my town not a big one and these subjects were left for western highlife photographers.........ur valuable opinion will be welcome.
To Binoy Bhusgan: It's good to see one from the good old days. I remember shooting film with my father's Konica Hexar and then waiting for the film to get developed and print. Somehow I feel the whole waiting process made the images all the more endearing.
I took photography as trial and error, printing 6x6 neg. on a box of tea, fixing one red and one white bulb. Solutions in Kodak bottles from photo shops then bought enlarger,trays etc, later getting full fledged studio working off hours on week days and Sunday full day, covering weddings, cultural functions of schools, colleges, clubs, big factories, also Indian Oil etc for years and till today using all types cameras till day.......The story will go long.
thnx for taking interest and appreciating those good old days, the basis of today's technology. Reg. Ring her hand, that makes the pic more beautiful....Imagine empty fingers how cud they look, besides it stops the eye and take back to her amazingly beautiful face..
Why: There were good b&w studios, delivering glamorous work with 6x6 negatives, retouched with pencil and red color to control shadows. Then when the print came out of lab, again very fine edged blade was use to scratch the remaing spots.......Two-three studios were thronged with people coming from locals and other states,getting those results...Keralites first moved to our places and became good clients of those studios. Except for us the customer did not understand the technique, who originally with pitched cheeks went with full face glamoured looks in photos . and hanged proudly on walls.
This is how b&w were soft focused with TLR cameras, people not aware of original soft focus lenses with those TLRs, ...The theme became more popular when 70s and 80s alongwith TLRs, 35mm came into being., using various lenses and filters, including Sft focus....In India Sonia filters and suppl. lenses were worth appreciating....though we were finding place for foreign filters.