Monthly Archives: February 2013

02.25.13 | Kristina Portrait; Highlights

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In getting back to basic lighting, I attempted to create a ring flash effect with my tungsten lights. A ring flash, used in many glamour images, is used to create and even, flat complexion. I attempted to add reflectors to all sides and above and below my key lighting, which I did not diffuse. I did add an element of highlights to her hair from directly behind.

Kristina Portrait

While there is a little more shadowing on Kristina’s face than I would’ve liked, I think the image came out balanced and the highlights added a nice halo effect to her hairline. I also shot this image at a high ISO setting of 1600, creating a grainy effect which adds a nice grading to the highlights in the image and her shadows.

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02.19.13 | Chelsea Portrait; Experimenting with Exposure

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Sometimes its good to get back to basics and refine your approach to things. When I recently sat down with Chelsea, I wanted to play around with exposure. Exposure is a balance of aperture and shutter speed, but your film speed also plays a factor. I had never used my ISO setting to alter my exposure in the past.

Usually I try to shoot with the smallest setting to capture as much fine detail as possible. This time I experimented by changing the ISO on my digital SLR and keeping the f stop at f/5 and the shutter speed at 1/25.

Using a simple setup, diffused key lighting and back lighting…and a bunch of reflectors, I was able to capture a clean complexion for this beauty shot of Chelsea. My ISO was set at 200 to allow for a decent shutter speed.

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I altered my ISO to a much faster 800, keeping the aperture and shutter speed consistent. With my lighting, I was able to blow out Chelsea’s portrait in this second example and create contrast of light and dark, giving the portrait a much different feel. The light purple tone was created in post processing with a filter.

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Of course you can accomplish a similar image by slowing the shutter speed or increasing the size of your aperture. I like the simplicity of the overexposed portrait and the gritty quality of the detail in the shadow lines.

02.12.13 Photo Journal | Tiger Mountain

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South Tiger Mountain on a foggy Seattle morning. To my surprise I found sun and blue skies above the cloud line along with some of my favorite captures in a long time.

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