2016-08-02 – Uno [Portraits]
As part of my goal to expand my Portrait Portfolio, I got in touch with Uno for a couple of shots and thankfully last minute, we was able to arrange a quick shoot.
I referred to this shoot as ‘quick’ as I think actual shooting time was probably only 30min, the rest of the time it was just us having a little catch up with quick 5min burst of shots in-between.
As a photographer to model relationship, it’s good to keep up a social atmosphere for a more relaxed environment, but as old friends, it was pretty distracting to say the least! – In a good way of course!
However Uno was a pro when it came to game time! Very little direction was needed and this was actually one of the first shots fired off as a lighting test.
As much as I am looking to expand my portrait portfolio, I am also looking to attain a signature style and the only way I know how to do that is to shoot as many different styled shots as possible and then see which way I gravitate towards.
I wanted to see if I could do a more moody shot with just the facial features highlight along his profile. For this shot I placed him in front of the Octabox and right up close to get the sharp light fall-off along the side of his face.
I do like the above black and white styled photos, however for a more standard formal headshot, I chose to opt for a High Key look resembling Peter Hurley’s style of headshots. Peter Hurley does of course have a relatively complex lighting setup using Kino Flows, however opted for a simple one light set up on camera left with another flash for the background.
Unfortunately for the shot above, the background light did fail to fire but this was a simple correction in post as it is just a pure white high-key background. However having the flash successfully firing would make the post-production work-flow that much simpler!
Overall I am pretty happy with the shots so far. There are a few more that I do need to cull through and once I have gone through them properly I will select one shot to write up how I shot it, but for the moment this is just to quickly share some images.
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