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14 Comments | Report
Helen_Mountaniol PRO+
 
Helen_Mountaniol November 04, 2015
Welcome to VB!
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset January 07, 2016
Nice... good mood, very relaxed and superb light! Bravo!
ATDowning PRO
 
ATDowning January 22, 2016
Wickedly cool, and perfectly shot!
artcammelbeeck
 
artcammelbeeck January 22, 2016
Nicely relaxed
Imagecreator13 PRO+
 
Imagecreator13 January 23, 2016
Well done.
aschristinemclachlan
 
aschristinemclachlan November 16, 2016
love your work
peschman PRO
 
peschman November 16, 2016
Thanks everyobne for your likes, awards and comments! I really appreciate!
galinagutarin
 
galinagutarin November 17, 2016
Just great!
Bipz-Photography
 
Bipz-Photography November 18, 2016
outstanding work !!! great tones !!!
frenchiepooh
 
frenchiepooh December 05, 2016
congrats ..nice shot : ))
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Treecy January 04, 2017
Vices, love it!
jgalarza70 PRO+
 
jgalarza70 January 21, 2017
how many lights are you using for this shot. Do you have a strobe to capture the smoke?
shelleymillercampbell
 
shelleymillercampbell August 16, 2017
I really like this photo in black & white. Awesome shot! I feel he is looking right at me.
looseArtphotography PRO+
 
looseArtphotography July 13, 2018
Awesome

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in my apartment in Vienna, Austria. I took the chance to transform my living room into a homestudio while my wife was out of town. So I could build up all my gear (backdrops, strobes, etc.) alone and in peace ;) Then I made my good friend Marc come over to take a few photos with him as my model. Marc was doing this for the first time, so it came handy that he brought a six pack beer along ;) was fun!
Time
We started shooting at around 2pm and stopped by 7pm. We tried several setups and styles. This was planed as a learning session for me, gladly a few good pictures came out too.
Lighting
I wanted a simple setup, a simple style. I had a strobe in a grided deep para slightly left and from above. I wanted a little bit of a kicklight on Marc's left side, so I had another strobe in a stripbox camera right and behind Marc, but it happened that it did not fire in this shot. Which was actully good, because I finally liked it better without the kicker-light.
Equipment
I shot this with my Nikon D7100 and an old Nikkor 50mm 1,4D. I used Jinbei strobes and a deep para as light modifier, the cheetah ricebowl.
Inspiration
I tried to make a picture that looks Kind of old fashioned. I wanted to capture the character, the "true Colors". I had a rocking chair standing around and made Marc sit into it. Marc loves the fine things in live, so we decided that he had to get a cigar and a glas of whiskey. I am pretty happy with the outcome, because this picture really shows him as the person he is.
Editing
I was doing some post processing in Adobe Photoshop. Dodge and burn, vignetting, color corrections (I was working on a color version first). The b&w conversation took a while, because I was selective applying b&w to the picture.
In my camera bag
I usually, when I'm out and about, try to have only the smallest amount of gear with me. So my camera (Nikon D7100) of course, an old Nikkor 24mm f2,8 and the Nikkor 50mm f1,4D. Most times also a Yongnuo 560MarkIII flash. When I know I'm going to take some portraits, I love my Sigma 70mm f2,8! When travelling I usually bring a Tokina 12-24mm f4.0 along. Edit: Now switched to a D610, a Tamron 15-30mm and the Nikkor 85mm f1,8. Still having the old Nikkor 50mm f1,4D
Feedback
In Portraits the main goal for me is to really capture the person. To achieve that, it is important that your model is relaxed and feels well. Although my model was a good friend, we've know each other for years, it was Kind of challenging. As soon as he was standing in front of the camera, he became uptight. It took us a while until he slightly began to relax. Then we started getting better and better results. He also brought in his own ideas and we tried out different light setups. So be patient, try to make your model feel comfortable, and then start working. If your model brings in own ideas, it's a win win situation!

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