My mother is an incredible seamstress; she has traditionally made Halloween costumes for her grandkids. These began (for my daughters, at least) with princess dresses and the like, but have changed and matured as they have. When my eldest daughter asked for "something like an engineer or mechanical but adventurous" I knew it would by right up Grandma's alley. She makes and sells steampunk jewelry on her her site on Etsy, and has also branched out into American Girl doll outfits. (Starting with steampunk, of course!)
When the box with the costumes arrived, everyone was excited. Grandma had already mentioned to me something about welder's goggles for the "engineer" outfit, my mind was working on how to photograph it. The faux leather jacket and all sealed it - it had to be a dark, high-contrast, low-key image. I came up with the below:
Shutter Speed: 1/40s
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: Canon EF50mm f/1.8 II
This is lit with a single softbox, camera right. Flash at about 1/8 power.
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