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23rd January 2012, 08:04 PM
This is new for me. I'm not a portrait photographer but people keep asking and in a weak moment I did it for a friend at no charge. He is recently married and his wife wanted a picture. I don't think most people realize the time commitment to get a series of images up for review. In any event, this is one in the series I took. I shot in my house and have no equipment for a backdrop, soft boxes, etc. so this is an on-camera flash bounced from the left. I could see there was enough weak window fill light to cover the far side of his face. It was a quick and easy extraction and I then added a background using colors, gradients, texture and blending modes until I liked it.
23rd January 2012, 08:17 PM
23rd January 2012, 08:19 PM
23rd January 2012, 08:36 PM
From the blended background shading to the confident but friendly expression on his face, a well executed photograph!
23rd January 2012, 09:03 PM
Nicely done with the lighting. His expression looks natural and he seems comfortable in his pose.
I'd probably suggest brightening his eyes a touch. For me also I think I would have liked to have seen his hands sharper as they seem to feature prominently in the photo - but it's a great capture nonetheless.
24th January 2012, 10:03 AM
24th January 2012, 12:17 PM
Great work Nelson. I love the lighting and the soft fade of the background. As Malcolm pointed out though the hands could be a bit sharper. What aperture did you shoot this at? f/11-f/16 would have been a good place to start. Other than the hands being a touch soft this image is great.
24th January 2012, 03:43 PM
Thanks all! I agree with Malcolm and Rob...I wish the hands were in sharp focus. I was using my 70-200 wide open at 2.8 because I was cramped for space and couldn't place the subject too far from the curain behind him. I wanted separation from the background and lighting was really low so I shot at ISO 800 wide open. I wish I'd tried it stopped down just a little to capture the hands. He said he just wanted a face shot because his wife wanted to put a picture in a locket so I focused on just the face and didn't pay attention to the hands.
24th January 2012, 06:47 PM
Well, I think he and his wife will be very, very happy with what you have here
24th January 2012, 08:30 PM
25th January 2012, 05:40 AM
Very nice shot, love the expression. For low light or added fill light look into getting a 36" reflector to help bounce the light to fill in areas that might need a boost. I got mine for just that, and it works great to fill in where light is needed. best $20 I have spent. Really portable too folds right up and fits into my rucksack. Thanks for sharing.