Portrait of Mom

I took this portrait of my Mom while I was back home on leave. This was taken near the end of the day before the sun set in my backyard so I had some great lighting. I used a Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lens which has an awesome depth of field and I have been using that to it’s full potential. Before I got this lens I had always wondering how some of the top pros got these awesome portrait photos where the focus point is so small and the rest of the image is gradually blurred and I could never figure it out. At first I thought maybe it was my camera but I have seen other picture taken with a Nikon D7000 with the same effects so it couldn’t have been that. Once I found this lens I finally understood; it’s all in the glass. My eyes are finally open to why so much weight is put on lenses as opposed to cameras. This lens is great and I definitely recommend it for taking portrait but remember it is a manual focus lens. This will definitely create a problem for people who need real fast focusing because it takes some getting used to if you have been using auto-focus a lot; at least it did for me. Not to mention being an f/1.4 it has a really small focus point so it is easy to mess up and have the picture not look right. I do have the automatic chip in this lens though which I think is a must and cannot be done without wasted effort without it. This will indicate when you focus point is in focus in viewfinder that way it is not just a guessing game. This is a single RAW image that was...

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...