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...

Husband & Wife

I wanted to do this husband & wife couples portrait and my sister and her husband James were the perfect candidates. I had just recently bought this kind of cheap studio set up (it still did its’ job) and I had wanted to try it out. I set this all up in my living room which was the biggest room in the house, since it took up about a 10 foot span across the room. I had two shoot-thru umbrellas that I used as the key light and fill light. I set up the background with a plain black cloth that it had come with and I positioned the key light to camera left at about a 45 degree angle with the fill light almost centered in order to fill in the shadows between the gaps on their faces. For a rim light, I set up my SB 900 flash which I had on a remote trigger that was actually behind that cloth. Enough of the light had shone thru the cloth to separate them from the background. It was tough getting them into the pose that I had wanted them to go into but once I got a little better at directing them and they started laughing and having fun with it, everything went smoothly. At this point I hadn’t had the Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 unfortunately or else I would have definitely used that puppy but I still love the way the portraits came out. I did come correction with their faces in Photoshop CS6 to include taking out minor blemishes here and their, skin color correction, brightening of the eyes, whitening of their teeth, and taking care of some stray hairs. I put a slight touch of cross-processing to the image and...