Portraits of Chelsea and her amazing ink! Her back piece still amazes me. We shot with a black backdrop and hard lighting to give a touch of shape and contrast to the image. The purpose of these images are to showcase the artwork.
Chelsea is a hairstylist who has done work for me in the past for other photo shoots. She took some time to be beautiful in front of the camera.
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.
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.
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.
As 2012 comes to a conclusion, I reflect back on a year of changes, obstacles, and challenges that have tested my resolve, my art, my creativity. Without challenges, there is no innovation. Without obstacles, motivation is lost. Change dares you to create again and again.
I look forward to 2013 as a new year, another start. I am encouraged by what is ahead, and I will continue to reinvent myself, turning the page while appreciating and learning from the chapters already written.
Dani May embodies the spirit of the season in this vintage pin up style. She was a joy to work with and an amazing personality and her smile lights up a room. In the spirit of the holidays, enjoy her pin up set. We could all use a little Dani May in our lives!
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