My goal is to make her portraits look like they were taken on a sunny spring day…minus the flowers. We arrive at the park half an hour early to pick locations like we always do and find the pickings slim. All of our usual spots are dead looking, browns and grays, without any leaves or just gray sticks…and a toasty 41 outside. I ALWAYS BUILD MY PORTRAITS FROM THE BACKGROUND FORWARD, so in this situation I must look deeper into the back-lit areas for something I can defocus for a nice background.
|f4.5 @ 1/500 sec., ISO 400 Lens @ 200mm|
Something like this! Her background is about 75 yards away and I even have some mid-ground stuff next to and right behind her. Keeping direct sunlight off her face--the open blue sky is her main light.
|f4.5 @ 1/640 sec., ISO 400 Lens @ 200mm|
In these next two images we have placed her right in front of a back-lit bush. It looks like summer! She was a real trouper--you can't tell it's only 40 degrees out there!
|f4.5 @ 1/540sec., ISO 400, Lens @ 200mm|
|f4.5 @ 1/640 sec., ISO 400, Lens @ 200mm|
I achieved what I set out to do and everybody loved the images--even our 15 year old model…especially after Kathi did a bunch of facial retouching!
As usual, if you have questions please don't hesitate to ask…
'Til next week.
Author: Jerry W. Venz, PPA Certified Master Craftsman
Training site: http://www.LightAtTheEdge.com