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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in Downtown Tulsa near the Main Street. I don't remember the name but it's a favorite spot for me and friends due to the street which helps create a vanishing line and the available bokeh from the street lamps create a nice filler for a background.
Time
I took the photo around ten or eleven at night. It was late.
Lighting
The lighting here comes mainly from street lamps and a couple of traffic lights. I normally use available lighting. Best advice I can give is to wait for traffic lights to turn yellow that way they compliment the human skin better. Red is the next best color.
Equipment
I used a Sony A7S with a Rokinon Cine T1.5 85mm Sony-E mount. I find that primes offer the best performance in low lit areas and also help fill the background with Bokeh.
Inspiration
I was actually against taking the photo and did not want to be caught in the middle of the street. I originally went downtown to take photos of the buildings to test out some new HDR software I had recently purchased. But since my model was also my ride home I figured I might as well humor him. I never figured it would turn out as good as it did.
Editing
I normally use Camera Raw Filter in Adobe Photosy to edit photos. Generally when it comes to men's night portraits I boost the clarity first. This brings out the details and any extra light I might need. I move onto exposure and adjust as necessary. I normally have my shadows and blacks down to bring out more depth and lower the haze within the photo. I bring up vibrancy and saturation as well. After that I played with the specific colors to see what better complemented Chandler. I also added the Imagenomic denoiser plugin for photoshop at the end to remove the unwanted noise from the photo.
In my camera bag
I have upgraded my lenses since I took this photo. Since I'm straight out of college I cannot afford any personal lighting gear so I usually use natural or available light for my photos. I use a Sony A7S and a Zeiss Loxia 85mm lens. On occasion I'll pocket my 35mm for wider shots. I tend to stick with primes since they offer the best quality in low light situations.
Feedback
For night ops I only carry a camera and lens. I suggest an 85mm with as low of an aperture as possible anything below 2.4 works. The lower the aperture the lower your ISO can be which will allow you more room to adjust in post. With lights I can't really say since I use only available lighting. Best thing I can say is keep it simple and make sure your subject is in focus.

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