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One of several senior portrait jobs I’m doing this fall. This young man was anxious to have his favorite sport, cross country, represented. The location, a dirt road used for training, provided great early morning lighting. I positioned a strobe and 43″ umbrella to the right to add some highlights to his face. An umbrella that size is a little small to light a full body scene, so I added an exposure gradient in post processing to even out the lighting a little, and added some vibrance to the colors to make it pop a little more.
Last year about this time I started the year determined to learn how to use a flash well and to pick up my game on doing portraits. This year I’m upping things again by deciding to work with two lights (not counting ambient or sunlight). A second flash isn’t quite in my budget so instead I picked up a $5.00 trouble light and a $40.00 dimmable LED 5000K temperature bulb for it with a maximum output of 14oo lumens. I also got a $10 dimmer switch to hook it up to.
This is my first attempt at a portrait with the setup. I had the flash in a softbox close in on the right, and a lovely assistant holding the trouble light just a little further back: about 2:00 to the flash’s 4:o0 on the clock face, with the camera at 6:00. I had a piece of black material taped to the wall with my trusty gaffers tape.
While I can see room for improvement, I’ve very happy with the shadows and light in this one. I’ll be looking at some more of my attempts later over the following couple of weeks, but I felt this was a pretty good start for $50.oo of new equipment.
I’ve been doing a lot of portraits lately – senior portraits and family portraits – and I still am kind of surprised when I’m asked to do it. Honored and humbled and more than a little nervous. Then I see something like this has come out of a camera that I was holding and setting up, and I know that I was responsible for the fill light and reflector, and most importantly have the responsibility of making my model relaxed and having an enjoyable time. It just makes me grateful that I was invited to be a part of someone’s memories.
Never, ever take this job for granted.
I’m just about through the flurry of portrait jobs that suddenly flew my way, so hopefully I’ll be able to get back to a reasonably consistent schedule of blog reading and writing. In the meantime, here’s one I particularly like.