Entries in Portrait (18)
A while ago I had the honor of photographing one of the nations VERY best story tellers Mr. Donald Davis of Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. I was very excited since I am very much into expressions which is for sure a must in a great photograph of a person. It was very good to have watched Mr. Davis perform before the shoot.
My job was to portray him as a storyteller to hang in a storyteller center. My message with this blog is to suggest if you want a very grateful subject for expressions find a storyteller and get him going telling a good story. I posted first a collage we made for a fund raiser performance, then each individual image underneath here in order so you can better see his expressions.
Hope you enjoy the pictures and have a very nice weekend.
Today's blog is about using furniture for kids photography in the studio. Sometimes people want a more home like feeling for their pictures and so do we. We have many kinds of furniture, even a bed. Today I will focus on a beautiful set provided for us by Gatehouse No. 1 here in Orem. Underneath this image you will see the camera room and how the set it is usually placed along a wall. The length of the camera room is 90 feet so we can also use this furniture and more for some very large families in here. Hope you enjoy!
As promised in my blog post about Studio Sitges yesterday here is a post from a shoot I did there during my workshop last month. As most of you know I'm a big fan of Elinchrom, but this day I was trying out a very CRAZY light! The Broncolor Para 220FB Reflector Umbrella as main light. This is a parabolic 7.2' umbrella with 24 braces, with a very shiny silver coating on the inside.
As I was teaching with a projector earlier in the day I kept looking at that big crazy para and thinking I would really like to try this one out, but maybe it's the wrong time to try a new modifier during a class? Well I thought now or never, so I did.
If you look in the images underneath you can see how the outside edge make a whole "sharp" circle around the room. So I am using the edge of the light to light Luba. When we measured the light it was 1 1/2 f stop brighter on the floor then on her face! I'm only using 2 lamps in this shot, no fill.
The second light is a standard reflector with a honey comb from the back corner. ( See image underneath, different model but same set up.) See how we use the flag to avoid getting spill light on my lens. Lens flare is great when you want the effect, but if not, I try to protect my glass from getting hit by light.
This overview snapped on my Lumix LX5, really shows how bright the floor in front of her is lit up.
Main shot: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III with 70-200mm f.2.8 @ 115mm and f 20. 1/100 sec. 100 ISO.
Hope you enjoyed this post, I look forward to be back at Studio Sitges in April 2011 for more workshops.
Here is another sample of photographing in midday sun:-)
I choose a shaded grey container for background. To get a background darker and colder then her. The light in the shade is much colder then the California Sunbounce Mini Zebra I will be using on her. This way creating more depht and dimension in the image and make her face and skin pop out in the image. This is not a fashion shot so I want more attention to her then the dress.
In the image underneath you can see how it looks in the existing light before I do anything.
As you can see the hair light is too strong and also on the arm, burning it out. It is also not enough and directional light on her face. In the image underneath we have added a California Sunbounce Mini Zebra from the left side of the camera. The eyes goes to the brightest part of the image which is also the minority.
In the final image underneath you can see how it looks at the end as seen in the overview when we have added a California Sun-Swatter Pro above to tune down the hair and edge light and added the California Sunbounce Mini Zebra Sunbounce Silvergold on her. Yes, I use assistants and I think it is a necessary thing to do to get optimal lighting in most cases, especially outside.
This images are taken during my Photographing People Part 1 class in Orem Utah Sept.4th 2010.
For more info on my classes etc go to the The International School of Photography site.
I asked people on Twiiter and Facebook to pick one image to give a how-to lesson on from Friday's blog post called " 1 Shoot - 1 Model - 10 Images " Here is the readers' choice picture.
If we look back at the 10 images, most of them where shot with 4 or 5 strobes including ring flash. I think it is really great that the readers picked the only image done with 1 single light, no reflectors.
I set up the light in the same position today and shot an overview* for you to see. First of all, simplicity is very often the very best. This dress was her retro dress so I wanted to go with the old style wall paper for the background. See how little you need to wallpaper for a shot like this!. Also, I wanted the lighting to have a more old days feel to it, back when the light used mostly was daylight coming in from windows. My light is an Elinchrom 600 ws Strobe w/ the 53" Junior Octa my favorite all round soft box ever.
I put it far enough behind her that it highlighted what I call the most important part of a face, the triangle. On shots like this, it help to be in a dark studio so you can really see how the light hits her from the modeling light on the strobe. The quality of light in this image comes from being exact with the placement of light and her distance to the background, so you get the right light spill on the background. I set the light to just wrap around her. She is far enough from reflective surfaces to keep the shadows really dark, which I wanted. I kept the softbox as close to her as possible to get the softest light possible to resemble window light and give me max control. Another little detail that is not typically me is the profile that is not clean, just almost, which you often see in paintings, especially old once. (Yes this is a retro shot :-) )
A profile shot is one of many things that should be in a models portfolio, so I wanted the light to emphasize on her profile. Thanks for responding to which image to blog; responses make it so I'm way more motivated to take the time to keep blogging.
* I love overviews and I know they are helpful, but PLEASE forgive me for not always having them. There are reasons! When I get into a shot and a rhythm it can really break it to suddenly starting thinking about and shooting overviews. Sometimes, like in workshops, I invite a past student to come and shoot overviews for me. I will try to bring in a photographer more often to do them in the future, especially since I will be coming out with a book on lighting in November 2011.
Just wanted to post another exposure to show I quick variation on the same set up. This is also another "rule breaker" because there is more space behind her face than in front. That gives it impact. Know the rules, then break them at the right times. This image was processed with one click only with a brand new action my wife MaryLyn just made. Main image on top Photoshopped by MaryLyn and I have no clue what she did, haha.