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Tuesday, November 19, 2013


How long has it been since you've had your portrait made?  For me, I can't even remember the last time.  So I decided to step in front of my own camera for a few self inflicted corporate headshots.  It was so much fun!  No wonder people love having their portraits made!  

Actually I had a lot of fun playing with my lights, but posing was very difficult.  I think it’s because I couldn’t see myself.  I have a great eye for spotting what is wrong with a pose and correcting it, but without seeing myself I was pretty helpless.  I could make a pretty funny blooper reel for sure!  But that’s part of the fun of it.  Nini and I were laughing for a good hour looking through my horrible poses!

I used three lights for this portrait.  The main light is a beauty dish above my head and coming from my side camera right, creating a Rembrandt lighting pattern on my right cheek.  The second light is another beauty dish just above my camera and slightly camera right (the strobe itself is probably about a foot above my eye level).  This second beauty dish is creating the round catchlight in my eye and softening up the shadows a bit.  The third light is a bare strobe with reflector behind me camera left a foot or two above my head putting the tiny highlights on the right side of my face and my right ear.  The third light is crucial for separating me from the black background.  The background is a 4’x8’ piece of styrofoam painted flat black.  I use Alien Bees AB800 strobes.

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