Erica_Lynn_
Erica_Lynn_

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KatieMcKinneyPhotography PRO
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography March 01, 2015
Very nice :)
Roshanzameer0332264
 
Roshanzameer0332264 January 17, 2016
very nice and great composition (y)

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at an art center locally where I live.
Time
It was around 5pm when I took this shot.
Lighting
It was all natural light. I didn't have any reflectors or lights set up. No flash, I just had to work with whatever was available.
Equipment
I shot this with my 5D Mark III, 85mm lens
Inspiration
This was actually at a group shoot where a bunch of models and photographers just met up and it was sort of a free for all. I saw this ballerina there and knew I had to capture her but wasn't sure how at first. Everyone was shooting her from the same angles which bored me to death so I got up on top of a bench that she was sitting in front of and shot her from above because I wanted to capture the skirt as an extension of her.
Editing
Yes I first edited it in Lightroom where I did all the color balancing then brought it into Photoshop where I added a matte finish.
In my camera bag
Just my 5D Mark iii, 50mm lens and an 85mm lens. A reflector as well but I usually don't have anyone to hold it. I do always have shine wipes with me to blot the shine off the model's face.
Feedback
1. Try a different angle. Think of every angle possible then go one step further. Usually whatever comes to you easily and right away isn't going to get you out of your comfort zone. Keep looking for new angles always. 2. Don't be in direct sunlight. This was shot under shade around 5pm. I couldn't have got this shot if it was direct sunlight. The model would have been squinting and the sun would have been too strong. 3. Always make sure the eyes are in focus. If the eyes are out of focus the shot is not going to be a strong portrait. Make sure you line up your little dots in your camera with the eyes and let everything else just be what it is. 4. Shoot wide open. I shoot at a very low F-stop. Usually around 2.8 or lower. That's how to achieve the depth of field that you see in this photo.

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