romanwojtkowski
romanwojtkowski

Isolate



I wanted to create a portrait that did not involve the model looking at the camera or being involved with the camera in anyway. I enjoyed the triangular shape t...
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I wanted to create a portrait that did not involve the model looking at the camera or being involved with the camera in anyway. I enjoyed the triangular shape that the model created with his pose.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken in the studio of my photography course. We were studying hi key and low key lighting in a studio setting. This was my first ever shoot in a studio.
Time
It was taken during the day time, although this was shot indoors.
Lighting
This is an example of low key lighting. We used a singular strobe light pointing downwards diagonally which can be seen reflecting on the model's face, highlighting his hair and part of his face. A cutter was used to cut out light from the left side of the frame.
Equipment
I used my Canon 600D and standard 18-55mm lens, and shot this free-hand. A plint was used for the model to lean on. I can't remember the exact model of the strobe light that was used in the studio though. I was incredibly impressed by how much quality in an image you could capture by using a DSLR camera.
Inspiration
At the time, I did not have much clue as to what I wanted my model to do or how I wanted him to pose. However, the low key lighting setting reminded me of my isolation and disconnection I felt while I was in school, so I described to my model, "Imagine you're in a classroom with the most boring teacher teaching the most boring subject" and my model did the rest!
Editing
I used Lightroom to convert the image to black and white, and also raised a bit of contrast to bring out the highlights more. There was a thin white line made by the plint which I found to be distracting, so I darkened it to black.
In my camera bag
My bag contains my Canon 600D body (which I hope to eventually upgrade), my kit lenses: 18-55mm and 70-300mm and also my newly purchased 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Feedback
Just experiment! There's no right if wrong answer. The strobe light I was using was up high and pointing downwards at the model. Use a cutter to keep stray light from peeking if you want to keep the image super low key. You don't even need a studio to create an image similar to this. Like I said before, experiment!

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