Last week I started a project in a countdown fashion; where I want to post 1 picture a day for the reminding days of 2012, up to December 31st. Those pictures have to be done using a full-frame camera with a 50 mm lens, total duration of this challenge is 50 days.
Pictures could be portrait but not limited to them, you can check all pictures on my Flick photostream, I want to make a remark of two black and white portraits that I have included in it.
One is a portrait of my wife done using just available light from the ceiling at home. ISO 1600, f1.4, 1/80 s; some post-process done in Lightroom and Photoshop.
The second one is a portrait of one my friends, she is wearing a Halloween costume; this portrait was done at my studio in Ann Arbor using multiple lights and light modifiers, ISO 400, f5.6, 1/160 s; also some post-process in Lightroom and Photoshop was used.
I will try to include more portrait in this project.
This month, I had the opportunity of participated on a meetup of the Flickr group: Strobist A2/DT, in which I have been member for more that two years. It was in the Yankee Air Museum at Grosse Ile Airfield, MI. We had access to few airplanes to make portrait in the interior of some of them or exterior of almost all. It was a small group of photographers and models. Because restrictions in the number of people that could have access to the hangar, and for the cool – windy day.
I shoot only with few models, Connie Nieves was one of them (MM# 177990). Connie is a model specialized in pinup and vintage photography, with a great wardrobe. Here are two pictures of her from that day.
These two pictures where done using 50 mm f1.8 canon lens and a medium soft box. All post-process was done in Lightroom 3 only.
Special thanks to Alex Minkin, great photographer and friend. Who is the founder and administrator of the flickr group: Strobist A2/DT; for organizing this event and for let me used some of his equipment.
This is the second part of a Senior Portrait session that I did last year, with multiple girls from High School in the Detroit area. Here is the link for the first part.
Again, in this post I am showing other 3 of those girls. They were not models, at lease on that day of that photo session.
- Bianca Robinson – Makeup
- Leonor F – My assistant
- Fantasy On Film – Studio space
- All girls (models)
I had the opportunity of work with many High School Senior Students in the Detroit area; in collaboration with Bianca Robinson (MM#1554129) as makeup artist; currently she lives in Chicago, IL.
I did their Senior Portrait in two days. This session was done totally in Studio; we used different backgrounds for every girl. All picture where done in fashion style. And I used two lens (50 mm 1.8; and 70-200 mm f4L) and one canon camera for the whole session. And this was my first solo big photo shoot outside of Ann Arbor, MI.
In this post I am showing 3 of those girls. None of them had experience as model on the day of that photo session. However all did very well. In that same session we did pictures to more experienced models too (not senior students); examples of them were post last year.
Just playing a little bit with the camera, I got some self-portrait. All of them were done in a single shot. It is not photoshop cloning. The only post-process that was done was for color adjustment and cropping; Lightroom was use for the post-processing.
- I just use a dark studio.
- 50 mm lens
- Long exposition 30 seconds, and
- Small aperture f11 or f22
- And remote trigger fire the strobes 2, 3 or 4 times.
I was just fun.
Around middle of December, I had the opportunity of work with two models, Jamie T and Kristin P from Lansing and Grand Blanc, MI respectively.
One of the looks that we tried was related to Winter; we had fun, because the outfit was not really for winter as you could see on the following pictures. All were done using a 50 mm lens only.
Portrait of Kristin
Portrait of Jamie
Both models having fun.
As you could see it was not really cold inside the studio, we could tried few interesting poses. However outside winter was really cold as usual at Ann Arbor, MI
A flickr friend, Charlie Naebeck, invited flickr member and friends to have a photo-walk on Ann Arbor Downtown. The basic idea was take pictures using only 50 mm lens and ambient light. That Friday (August 28th) was raining almost the whole day, then very few people came; actually we were only three. We were very lucky the rain stopped few minutes we started walking (~6:30 p.m.).
We had a lot of fun and here I show a sample of portraits that I got from my model #1, my daughter. More pictures are on my flickr page.
Here is a Mariana’s picture on a small hallway all covered by graffiti. It was with very few ambient light; ISO 1600 was necessary.
And this other picture was taken on the roof of a parking structure. The light here was a lot better.