Thought I’d share this recent portrait with you from last weekend and give you a bit of a look behind the scenes…
The portrait here is of my Brother Liam’s Father in Law, Ken; undoubtedly one of the nicest, kindest, warm-hearted people you could ever wish to meet.
I’d wanted to take Ken’s portrait for a while now and seeing as I was up spending some time with my Brother this past weekend, what better time.
To make it easier (and to avoid damaging anything in the house truth be told) I set up outside. Below you can see a mobile phone grab shot that Chris (Ken’s wife…also a bloomin’ lovely human being) took .. only thing is you can’t tell how cold it was 🙂
One thing I really love about photography is how we can use light to change the look and feel of a location. Light was fading fast whilst we were in the garden but setting up was nice and simple;
- Gravity Backgrounds Canvas (which I slide onto the Avenger Boom arm…saves setting up background stands and crossbar)
- Modifier: Elinchrom Rotalux 135cm Octa
- Lighting: Elinchrom ELB 400 Flash
- Camera: Sony A7RII
- Lens: Sony 85mm f/1.4 G Master
- Light Meter: Sekonic L-478DR
When setting up I made sure that Ken remained indoors as it’s always priority to make sure that the model is comfortable. This I guess is another reason to use a light meter as it makes it so easy to get everything absolutely bang on when it comes to light positioning and exposure before your model / subject is in front of the camera. Then, when they are you can concentrate on what you should be doing i.e. working with the model, making them feel relaxed and bringing out the expression / look that you want … does that make sense?
Below you can see the set up which is the exact same as that I posted about earlier from the Photo Shoot with Dave Beesley LINK
Now the reason I’ve included this picture below is to show you one of the reasons I’ve made the switch from Canon to Sony (the A7R II)
Having the ability after the photo shoot to try a different composition but still have incredible amounts of sharpness and detail has been well worth the investment. There are other reasons I’ve made the switch that I may cover at some point but rest assured, none of them involve any kind of sponsorship, gifting of kit or financial gain; quite the opposite in fact as I’ve paid for all the kit myself.
You can check out the LARGE version of Ken’s portrait over on my 500px portfolio page by CLICKING HERE
In the mean time though, if you have any questions / comments then feel free to make use of the comments section below and I’ll make sure I get back to you.
Oh and if you want to see how to do this style of lighting EASILY, check out the video below
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