To all ye who want to paint with light ...

I should have started this blog many moons ago as I started experiencing the joys of rediscovering the art of photography. But as the saying goes - it's better late, than never!
So, here I am, in the hopes of recording what I learn as I progress from ignorance to enlightenment; about what my eyes can see that my camera can capture; and, what my mind imagines and my camera paints with its capabilities.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 269 - Formal Portrait Session with Friends

I had a very good friend and her family come to visit over the weekend, and I had the opportunity to do some formal portraits with them.  We did this during the evening, and I brought out all my lighting equipment to see what I could accomplish with it.  Batteries are always running out, and with that my time to take pictures.  However, I got a few nice ones before I was forced to quit.

My friend's beautiful 10 yr-old.  Extremely photogenic and a lovely girl with a sweet disposition.  I had two flashes set up with the shoot-through umbrellas on a light stand.  The umbrellas were positioned about 60 deg in front of the subject at different heights.  The top one was the key light powered at 1/1, and the second one was the fill, powered down to 1/8, to fill in the shadows.  

1 comment:

  1. Not bad at all. The poses are really nice. I think you are getting good practice working with people, and your subjects certainly look like they were having fun. The one of the little boy alone is great.

    Some comments:

    I think most of them are about half a stop underexposed — the one of the mother and daughter in particular.

    I think your umbrellas were a bit too far away from the subjects. The shadows are a little too well-defined, and the falloff is a bit too abrupt.

    Next time, try pushing one umbrella so close that it''s almost in the picture, and then use your second flash bare at low power for a rim light.