Boris Savoldelli

He just happened to come by our studio, so I couldn't miss a chance to shoot him :)

He just happened to come by our studio, so I couldn't miss a chance to shoot him :)
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Behind The Lens

This photo was made in one nice studio in Ryazan-city. Boris had a concert that week and we did a promo-shooting, but some free time came up and we made a series of photos just for fun.
It was a daytime, so calm and peaceful, we really had no worries — just creative mood.
Though Boris is positive mood incarnate, he was dressed in dark, bluish black suite, with a happy, bright-yellow pocket square. And I wanted to make composition centered on Boris' smile, but hated to miss that little piece of happiness in his pocket, so I put him before the dark-grey wall, put a portrait dish right before and ahead of him and then took a 7' reflector with a yellow gel to point it on the wall — for the yellow accent to balance the pocket square. Voila. It had to be simple, but effective, and it was.
It was the time when I had just my faithful Nikon D7000 and cropped Tamron 28-75/2.8, but it was (and is) really enough for studio shooting without apperture play.
Boris inspired me. He is a walking inspiration :) And his magnificent yellow pocket square.
There is nearly none post-processing on this photo. Just a tiny bit of sharpening.
In my camera bag
Now I use Nikon D810, that same Tamron 28-75/2.8 and Tamron 75-200/2.8. Well, there is plenty other staff like old soviet and german lenses, but they are totally different story.
Don't ever put the person on the portrait in the center, if you don't know for sure you want exactly that. Don't be afraid to move closer even if you have zoom. And ALWAYS talk to your models. You have to love them for the duration of the photoshoot, even if you don't outside of the working process.

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