The latest assignment was to photograph someone from our town who did something that was so amazing. The challenge was to use the image to show why what they did was so amazing. Local charities were closed over the Xmas holidays, but our next door neighbour stepped forward. Steve retired from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the end of the year, but still plays for his church orchestra.
Because this was the first time that I have ever shot anyone's portrait, I wasn't sure what to expect. I needn't have worried. Steve was very easy to work with; and I remembered enough of the videos on portrait photography, to get him in a good pose. I had been concerned about how Steve would hold his viola and bow, but just told Steve to hold it as he normally would. He told me that this posture is his "Zen" mode.
I wasn't expecting so much positive feedback during this week's class. Don told me that I nailed it. His only suggestion would have been to place the shoot-through umbrella a bit higher. When I mentioned that we only had a 7 foot ceiling, he said that is when you switch to a soft-box. The learning continues.
I used a Godox SK-300 strobe with a shoot-through umbrella.
- ISO 64
- 24-70/2.8 @ 46mm
- 1/125 sec.
PP was limited to a levels adjustment in PS, plus cosmetic cloning & healing. I finally used LR for limited final adjustments.
Thanks for looking everyone.