Portrait of Greg

About a year ago I went to a photography meet up where they had a studio set up to shoot some amateur models. It was helpful to both the photographers and the models. The models got some good pictures and modeling experience out of it all and the photographers got to practice with new lighting techniques and get some good model pictures to add to their portfolio. I found this meet up at Meetup.com which is an awesome site to socialize and meet people with the same interests as you. You can learn a lot from many of the people here because a lot of them have way more experience than you might and also may have helpful connections as well. This photo was my first actual shoot that I had gone to with this group and it was a hit. The people were super friendly and everyone was willing to throw in a helping hand. They let me experiment with the lighting so I could get a feel for a few things and even let me use some of their flash triggers since I didn’t have my own at the time. I unfortunately never got this models’ last name but I do know that his first name is Greg. He was great because I was new with working with models and I barely had to tell him what to do because he already had posed to a position I wanted to shoot with. For this shot we had one large softbox to camera right and a smaller fill light to the left. The background was a white wall which worked out perfectly to create a non distracting texture so the focus was Greg’s portrait. I had him focus his attention away from the camera and shot away. In Adobe Camera RAW I cross-processed...

Headshot

I never got this girls name but she was a Brazilian model that I had shot with at a recent meet up that I had attended that was put on through Meetup.com. It was definitely a great new experience and my first time working with so many other photographers and models. There were people from all over and a lot of the models were Brazilian and barely spoke any English which was interesting. We would almost have to show them ourselves what poses we wanted them to go in so that they could do them. I had been working recently on trying to better myself with photographing people since, as you may have noticed, I don’t photograph people often. It is completely different from landscape photography in the sense that you can’t take all the time in the world to get things done. Rather you need to be accurate and know what you want and how to do it quickly so that you can get the most of the time you have with the model. Also, because it involves another person, you have to keep their interests in mind sometimes and make sure they know that they are doing a good job or if they need to fix something, etc. I wanted a few close up with soft light on the models faces so for the shot I had the model go sit down in a shaded area in the middle of a courtyard that was at Balboa Park in downtown San Diego, California. I zoomed in pretty close to her face and kept a wide open aperture in order to separate her as much as I could from the background. The whole image was processed in Photoshop CS6 with basic levels and curves...