My nine portfolio images
Taken from my Zombunnie Designs shoot at White Ladies Priory. I used the door as a frame within a frame and, from a site visit, knew the sun would set on the far right of the image. Therefore I used the backlighting to my advantage. Camera used was a Canon 6D with a 70-200 lens set at F9.0 the shutter speed was 1/200 with an ISO of 640.
To help compress the background I set the camera on a tripod far back from the model then zoomed into 155mm in a portrait manner to achieve the required framing. Ideally, I could have done with a little more height to leave some space between the model’s hat and the arch of the far opening. The exposure was set to underexpose by one stop and a single high power flash set to high-speed sync with a small octobox was used to correct the exposure on the model. Edited in Lightroom to make the image pop and then in Photoshop for sharpening and to use the various heal tools to remove graffiti on the walls.
I asked the model to pose as if playing the violin and got her to look towards the octobox. I asked her to have a dreamy look on her face as though she was totally lost in the music she is making.
Taken on location but in studio conditions, three Speedlights were employed on this image. The key light was camera left and high with a small octobox on it to soften the light. This was about 45 degrees to the left and about the same height. The Speedlight was positioned just out of camera shot to get light to wrap around the bottles somewhat. Power was set to 1/8th.
I also used a small speed light which was camera right and set at 1/16th power. This gave the bottle a little bit more modeling and caused some nice specular highlights on the tableware. The third Speedlight was used just to lift the background a little. The camera used was a Canon 6D with a 70-200 settings were 1/160th at F2.8 85mm ISO100. This image would have been improved with a second softbox on the second Speedlight as some of the shadows are a little harsh in a couple of places.
A commissioned head shot for a local radio personality, this was shot in the radio station’s reception. I stood the presenter in front of a window and set the main exposure to blow out the background. Two Speedlights were used on either side of the camera and were both set on 1/2 power to give an almost shadowless image. Some editing in Lightroom and Photoshop to clean any skin blemishes and adjustments to make the image pop.
The camera was a 6D with a 70-200 lens, the settings used were 1/160th F4 180mm ISO500
Again using a frame within a frame, the old main entrance to the priory was perfect for this image. I wanted to show the owl with its wings unfurled. After talking to the wrangler and the model, a method for this was established. The shutter was set high to freeze motion as the bird would extend its wings and retract them very quickly. After a few failed attempts I managed to capture this image. The symmetry of the wings is perfect as is the fact the owl and the model have made eye contact with each other. High-speed sync was used on a single high power Speedlight to balance the lighting on the foreground subjects with the brightness of the sky in the background. A 17-40 was used on this image to help open up the background a little to get as much of the door in the frame as possible, while still giving prominence to the model and owl.
Camera was a 6D, lens 17-40 settings 1/640 F4 21mm ISO250
Low key portrait/headshot – edited and converted to black & white in Lightroom using two studio strobes one with reflector and the second a snoot. A high high-speed Speedlight was also used with a softbox. This was on a stand. Camera right on a 45/45 angle setting to the subject. The two studio strobes were used each side of the subject and were used as a rim/hair light to lift the subject from the background. Due to a limited amount of room this was shot at 55mm, I would have liked around 85 to 100mm just to help a little more with and lens distortions on the face.
Camera was a 6D with a 24-105 lens, the settings were 1/50 F8 55mm ISO100
A colourful studio composite image of wine and cheese on a black granite slate. Two studio strobes and a Speedlight was required for this image. Camera left was a small Speedlight fitted with a grid to give a little interest to the side of the bottle. The first studio strobe was set on a boom above the scene and as close to the items as possible and given a slight forward angle to help with the table reflection. The final studio strobe was trained on the white seamless background with a selection of gels affixed to the reflector to cause a gradation of colour across the image. The colour reflection in the granite was also a nice addition.
The camera was locked on a tripod and once set the items and camera were not moved. Many images were taken making fine adjustments to the lighting including intensity distance and even powering individual lights off. In lightroom, the images were analysed and several were selected. These were imported into Photoshop as a group of stacked images and using layer masking techniques the required parts of the different images were revealed. The final image was returned to Lightroom for final editing and exporting to JPG.
The camera was a 6D with a 70-200 lens. the settings were 1/160 F9.0 70mm ISO100
As above, a composite studio image but this time in a low-key style. Only two lights were used on this image. Camera right and set behind the bottle somewhat is a studio strobe with a snoot and, to constrict the light further, a little black wrap was also used. The second light was a small Speedlight with a grid set camera left to just lift the label a little. My intention with this image was to show the bottleneck camera right but gradate to black as the eye moves over the image. As this is a product shot it was imperative that the label was a predominant feature of the image and the small Speedlight with a grid filled this in perfectly.
The editing technique was exactly the same as above.
The camera was a 6D the lens was a 70-200. settings were 1/160th at F9.0 80mm ISO100
High key studio still life – this was a practice piece in preparation for a product shoot that was booked.
Using a studio table and some seamless paper a high key background was in the making. Two constant lights were used for this image. One was used on the backdrop and placed camera right at such an angle as to let the light fall on the background as well as some on the seamless fold of paper. All five bulbs were turned on and the light intensity was adjusted by moving the light in and out from the scene.
The second constant light was set camera left and quite high. Four of the lights were turned on and again the light was moved in and out to achieve the required effect. The benefit of using constant lights over strobes is that the photographer can see the effect the lights are causing to the still life as they are adjusted. A high aperture of F22 was selected to give a wide depth of field.
The camera was a 6D with a 24/105 lens. The settings used were 0.3 sec F22 105mm ISO400
A performers studio headshot – using five studio strobes, two strip banks and a softbox to create an image in the style of Peter Hurley. Using white seamless as a backdrop two strobes with reflectors were trained on the backdrop and set at 4.0 to blow the background out. Two of the strobes were fitted with strip banks and were set in an A-frame style and angled back towards the model. The power setting was 2.0. The final strobe was fitted with a square softbox and placed below the camera angle and tilted towards the model on a setting of 1.0. This created a triangle of light to give the face an almost shadowless image. The model was positioned in front of the strobes and moved forwards or backward to achieve the required wrap around of light. A 70-200 was used on 125mm to minimise facial distortions on the models face.
The image was initially edited in Photoshop using a few actions on the eyes, skin, and lips, then imported into Lightroom for a final adjustment to make the image pop.
The camera was a 6D with a 70-200 lens. The settings used were 1/60 F10 125mm ISO100