Leaving the comfort zone

by Helen Hooker January. 17, 2017 2032 views

We had our regular workshop evening at the camera club tonight.  There were various activities on offer but I decided to go for the one that took me out of my comfort zone the most - portrait photography.  Our model for the evening was Chrissy, the daughter of one of our club members, and she was wonderfully understanding of the way we all fumbled with our settings before taking her picture.  We had the opportunity to shoot with two lighting set ups, the first of which was a high key set up, with a white background and continuous fluorescent lights.   

The second portrait was taken with a flashgun in a softbox, using what's often known as the 'invisible black backdrop' technique.  You'd never know it, but the wall behind Chrissy is actually a pale cream colour.  The softbox funnels all the light onto Chrissy and by not placing any illumination on the background it falls into complete darkness.  I had a backup photo ready to post here in case I didn't capture anything worth sharing this evening so the fact that I actually came away with two half decent portraits is rather encouraging!

17 January 2017

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Tomie Poodle 2 years, 7 months ago

beautiful portrait !

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Chossid 2 years, 7 months ago

Lovely set -- I also prefer the second, with the dark background.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Chossid 2 years, 7 months ago

Thank you Leah - I think I prefer that one too.

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Camellia 2 years, 8 months ago

Great shot, especially the second one. I wish we had a photography club in our area.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Camellia 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank you Camelia. If you can find a club I can recommend joining - I've made so many friends and learned so much.

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Pearl Salmon 2 years, 8 months ago

Well done, two beautiful shots! Portraiture is also well outside my comfort zone.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Pearl Salmon 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank you Pearl - I'm quite pleased with the way they turned out 😊

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Quatisha Williams 2 years, 8 months ago

I should join a photo club the new city I recently moved to. Im glad you stepped out of your comfort zone to learn and experience something you aren't comfortable with. This semester coming up I will be taking a lighting class, so I'm excited to learn about the techniques and equipment you were mentioning.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Quatisha Williams 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank you Quatisha. I joined our camera club when we moved here from 120 miles away. It was great way to make some friends in a place where I knew no one and I've learned so much too.

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Stephanie Hyde 2 years, 8 months ago

Lovely! I simulate this at home by placing my subject right at the threshold of my open front door. The subject is lit beautifully and the background is nice and dramatically dark. It's one of my favorite techniques for portraits.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Stephanie Hyde 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank you Stephanie. I've heard of that technique but it was rather too cold on Tuesday night to be trying that with the door open! 😉

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 8 months ago

Lovely shots! Pretty lady!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank you Jay. Chrissy was lovely - she's he daughter of one of the other camera club members.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Helen Hooker 2 years, 8 months ago

My pleasure~
The camera likes her, as she seems to reciprocate!

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