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Behind The Lens

From my studio in Orlando Florida
This photo was taken mid-afternoon on a bright sunny day.
Yes, this photo was taken with "Natural Light Studio" I set up a large silver reflector as a backdrop and stopped down to a low f/stop. The subject is on an east facing covered patio with indirect sunlight spilling in from 2 sides, front and camera left. The floor of the patio is painted a glossy white so I used a large piece of foam board so both block the excess glare from the floor as well as direct a little bit of light for fill.
Nikon d810 with Nikkor 24-70m f/2.8 @ 70mm - f/4. - Natural light wi
I first met Gabe when he was a child on set of an Adam Sandler feature film. Our families were cast as background actors. He might have been 12 years old then. His mother reached out to me to let me know that he was graduating high school and didn't want traditional "Senior" photos. I have a background in entertainment and fashion photography so we decided to shoot his session in a fashion style.
The RAW was processed in Adobe Lightroom Classic and not much post processing was to be done. Slight contrast and highlights adjustments and a white balance shift to give the photo a bit of a cooler tone and a very mild clarity bump so the photo pops.
In my camera bag
My camera, Nikon D810 and SB-900 speed light. My "Trinity" of lenses, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 / 70-200mm f/2.8 / 16-35mm f/4. My Manfroto Ball Head Tripod and small 7' light stand with shoot through umbrella are always with me. I have a godox ad200 and some other lights that I grab depending on assignments but the setup described is more everyday load out.
This shot is really easy to capture if the conditions are right. A covered patio works best but even just inside of a doorway on a sunny day can give a similar effect. Just set up your background just inside the doorway or on the porch and adjust the proper exposure. If you get bad reflections from the floor, use a piece of foam board or any other flag or diffuser to adjust the tone and you've got it.

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