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Nicola

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 29 April 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

A studio portrait photo from last Tuesday evening at North Cheshire Photographic Society.

There's a larger version of this photo here if you are interested. It also looks better on a white background.

The NCPS has a studio portrait session once a year and Geoff Robinson, who really knows his lighting, organises it and sets everything up for us.

The lighting this year was quite different from last year when Geoff used twin lights and a reflector. The photo on this link is what I got last year with the same camera but a 50mm lens.

This years lighting was very different, with just a single smallish softbox and one reflector, so I found that I needed to do more in post processing than last year. I found the stronger shadows difficult and I had to spend more time balancing the areas of light and shadow across the photo.

NIKON D700 1/125 second F/10.0 ISO 200 85 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

As you say, great lighting. Lovely portrait

29 Apr 2011 5:18am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Maybe I prefer the general mood of this year portrait as the lights are smoother, creating more intimacy.
Beautiful expression!
I never did that kind of photography.
Have a good day.

29 Apr 2011 6:07am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

A beautiful model and processing

29 Apr 2011 8:00am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Lovely portrait, Ian. I like the lighting here. The details are fantastic too. What was the lens you used this time around?

29 Apr 2011 8:03am

@Punit: Thanks Punit! I used a Nikon 85mm f1.4D lens this time but it was photographed at f10, an aperture where all modern lenses would perform equally well.

Himera from Ljubljana, Slovenia

Beautiful portrait!

29 Apr 2011 8:39am

Daryl Johnson from New Malden, United Kingdom

Very elegant work.

29 Apr 2011 10:39am

Sergei Z from Türi, Estonia

Very nice portrait! Beautiful light - simple and perfect.

29 Apr 2011 10:45am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

A very good portrait Ian!
I personally dislike the 'cloudy' (artificial bokeh) backgrounds on B&W photos though.

29 Apr 2011 11:55am

@Ian Smith: Thanks Ian, I've got mixed feelings about that background screen too. I would have preferred an evenly toned grey one but this one here was a lot better than the passport photo booth style curtains on the second set-up that was available.

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Beautiful portrait, I rather like the shadows.

29 Apr 2011 12:23pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful girl . Neat portrait !

29 Apr 2011 12:47pm

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Very clear and sincere portrait! But I have such impression that the background was also lighted up.

29 Apr 2011 12:49pm

@Oleg: Thanks Oleg, the background screen wasn't separately lit. i think it gives that impression because I tried darkening it later in post processing and I haven't done it very well. I' ve left a lighter halo next to Nicola's face which gives that effect that it was lit.

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

lovely portrait - and the lighting is wonderful!

29 Apr 2011 1:45pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I don't mind these shadows at all, they add to the modelling of her face, how close in was the reflector?
I can just see it in the right eye, perhaps a little closer may have filled out the shadow area just a touch more.

29 Apr 2011 2:28pm

@Curly: Thanks Curly, the reflector was very close - right next to the chair that Nicola was sat on for the portraits.

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Beautiful portrait!

29 Apr 2011 9:49pm

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NIKON D700
1/125 second
F/10.0
ISO 200
85 mm (35mm equiv.)