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Diandra Rose Portrait

Diandra Rose Natural Hair Portrait

Diandra Rose Natural Hair Portrait

Believe in yourself.

Diandra Rose Natural Hair Portrait

Diandra is a great model and is a photographers dream. We have worked together before in the past. She loves the camera and she knows her best angles. She arrived to the studio photo shoot ready and all we had to do was snap the shutter.

The Proccess

We used natural light from the window. The windows were located behind me. I shot this image with a Nikon D700 with an Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D. The 85 is a great portrait lens but I sold it. I try to simplify my camera bag when I can but more about that later.

Ramblings, Rants, Tangents, and Free Thought

I have so many images in my archive that the world hasn’t seen. It is  time to start releasing it. I believe that we are all sent here to do that “thing”. The thing that makes us happy. Portrait photography is my thing.  Making images has always been in me. Make cool stuff and share it.

More on simplicity. If its not a definite yes then it is a definite no. I try my best to apply this mantra to all aspects of my life. This way of thinking is particularly helpful when you need to optimize your camera bag. I use the same equipment 85% of the time for all of my shoots. Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G, round reflector, and natural light.

If I use strobe lights it is typically an Alien Bee 800 flash head or a Profoto flash head (if I am renting equipment) paired with a large octabank light modifier. That’s it! No mas.

I also take my cue from studying top photographers. The great image makers have very simple setups. They are not bogged down by excess equipment. They know exactly how to make the image that they want to make with the gear that they have.  How may knives does a great chef need?

Diandra Rose Natural Hair Portrait

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Natural Hair Portrait

Savvy Wood Natural Hair Portrait

Savvy Wood Natural Hair Portrait

Savvy Wood Natural Hair Portrait

Real people pictures Savvy Wood Natural Hair Portrait. Her expression makes me happy for some reason. I like when photos have a little quirkiness and personality. Savvy made the dress she is wearing and I think that is pretty cool!

The Process

This is an old photo that I am reposting. I had to use http://exifdata.com to get the EXIF data on the image. This is a handy tool if you forgot what camera settings you used on your images. It is also handy if you want to see what settings other photographers are using for their photos. Keep in mind that some photographers wipe their EXIF data before they share photos so sometimes you will come up empty handed. I keep my data there mostly because im indifferent to weather then world knows what camera settings I used. EXIF info of a portrait

As you can see from the screen shot. I used a Nikon D7000 with the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G. A fairly wide aperture of f/4 with a shutter speed of 1/160.  While looking at this EXIF data I just realized that since the D7000 has a cropped sensor as apossed to full frame the photo was actually shot at the equivalent of a 75mm lens. This makes sense. I love to use longer lenses for portrait photography. If you frequent my blog you will already know that I rave about the 135mm. It is a beast! I got rid of my 85mm for some reason. I think I wanted to consolidate by gear bag but the 85mm is an amazing lens as well.

Rants & Tangents

I really miss the old studio space. Maybe I will go back there one day. The light was awesome no matter what time of day. And it was so spacious that we could just move the backdrop to any location in the studio depending on the light conditions. You never know what you have until its gone. So the hope is to find a similar place soon. Maybe I will get luck and be back in the exact same spot. You never know.

Savvy Wood Natural Hair Portrait

Ashley Irving Portrait

Ashley Irvin Portrait

Ashley Irvin Portrait

Ashley Irvin Portrait

Test shoot portrait of Ashley Irvin from Ford Models. This was the fist time working with Ashley and I was nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. Working with a Ford agency model was intimidating at first but the shoot went great. Hair was done my Chicara Johnson and the makeup was done by Meagan Shea. Ashley Irvin Portrait Photography.

Process

I think I used a large Paul C. Buff soft-box for this shoot. The soft-box served more like a accent light because the studio space had really large 10+ foot windows. The light was coming in from the models left, my right. I try my best to use natural light when I can. Natural light wraps around the subject in a different way especially for women of color. The sunlight reacts with the skin in a beautiful way. I think there was a bounce panel on the models right side, my left but I don’t really remember. All that being said. The overall setup was very simple.

I used my Nikkor 50mm 1.4G which is great for portraits. I only really use two lenses. The 50mm and a 20mm for shooting in tight spaces. I will use the 20mm when covering an event. I don’t use zoom lenses. I like to be right in the thick of things  but I digress.

We shot this on a large white backdrop. I forget the exact size of the paper but it was mad wide.

Free Thought

Ashley was great in front of the camera. She had great studio etiquette and she knew her angles.  The great work by the beauty team is what took this shoot to another level. It was one of those days that everything flowed. It was one of those days that give you survivors guilt. Is this life? Life cant be this simple. Life is that simple when you are doing what you love.

On a side note I really miss that studio space. The goal is to get back in there before later. Listening to that new Kanye and Kendrick NO MORE PARTIES IN L.A 2016 while im updating this post. Fuego!

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An award winning commercial photographer on the East Coast.