creative thinking with client requests

July 16, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Tip of the week: Find creative ways to meet a client's wishes. Last November I had the opportunity to photograph a  senior portrait session in Madison, Ga. I spoke with both the senior and his parents about what they wanted in the photos. The mother said that one of her favorite aspects was her sons facial profile. During the session I had to keep my eyes open for opportunities to capture his profile while he was facing the camera. Luckily his session was in the late afternoon with strong side lighting. I found various locations that lit the side of his face and caused a silhouette of his profile with the shadow. We did various photos in different locations that had strong side lighting to help emphasize his facial shadow. I felt that the resulting photos from his session met the mothers request in a unique way. Now she had photos that show both his face and profile within the same shot.

For exposure in many of the images, I focused on keeping detail within my highlights of the frame. I felt that the shadows could stay dark to help give his facial silhouette extra contrast against the background. I metered off of various lit parts of the scene including the sunny side of his face. This gave me a good starting exposure to insure that the highlights on the face were not blown out.

80mm              1/1000sec              f/2.8            ISO 200 148mm               1/640sec                  f/4                    ISO 400
105mm               1/640sec                     f/2.8                    ISO 100

 


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