A very quick photoshoot with Tania, in a NYC loft with natural light.

A very quick photoshoot with Tania, in a NYC loft with natural light.
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Behind The Lens

The photo was taken in New York City in a loft I was living with an improvised studio. Was shot with natural light and a dark foam board as a background in a bathroom because the light was best in that particular room at that time of the day.
I remember it was pretty early in the morning as I had a couple of shoots that day and this was my first! The model came in with her sister, who acted more like her assistant, helping her with her hair and moisturizer.
As a loft, I had this big windows to take advantage of. Natural light is always my best friend. So I used a dark background and the natural light coming from the right and I installed a white panel in her left to bounce some light on the left side too and not have such harsh shadows.
I used a Nikon D300s with a 50mm 1.4 lens. The camera was handheld.
My model inspired me. She was 18 at the time we shot this and enrolled into the army and this was her weekend off and she loves being a model too. I admire the complexity of this young lady, she has that though part, but also this delicate side that I saw in her and I wanted to bring out. We got this shot close towards the end of the shoot, she was warming up and was able to let emotion out through every pore of her skin - that's when I knew I got it.
I did skin retouching and also brightened her eyes and remove a little bit of her dark circles. Brightened certain areas and contrasted the photo overall. Also added a rather cooler black and white rather than a warmer one.
In my camera bag
I really don't have much in my bag. Now besides my Nikon D300s, I have my D7200. The 50mm lens is still with me and added a friend for it a Sigma ART 18-35mm 1.8. I also have a tripod who a friend of mine left it to me because it had no head to attach the camera with, but since everything happens for a reason, when I got my D300s, in the bag was a random tripod head (it was a second hand camera) that fitted the gift. I'm planning to get an 85mm 1.4, but everything at its own time.
Shooting portraits it is very exciting for me, because humans are so complex and can express such a wide range of emotions - that I cannot get enough it. I recommend you really look at the model you are shooting, what does she or he say to you? but not with words, but with emotions. Try to get to know your model, even 10 minutes of chat can change your perspective on how to perceive that person, try to be opened and not judge anything. Let the emotion come to you then capture it. Also don't let equipment drag you down. I didn't have a professional studio or the latest camera, yet I still took a shot that sends emotion to the viewer.

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