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Aug, 2017


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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken in a shopping center beside a Kmart.
It was taken around mid-afternoon, like 2 or 3 pm.
It was a cold, dreary day in January. The poor model was freezing, but she's good! I always prefer shooting when it's overcast outside. I had a teacher once say overcast is God's soft box.
This was shot using a Nikon D810 and with a 50mm 1.8g
This was actually a commissioned work. A boutique out in Dixon Tennessee hired me to come in and photograph some of their new outfits.
I took this photograph into Adobe Lightroom and applied one of my custom presets that softens the photo even further.
In my camera bag
I know a lot of photographers have multiple lenses and bodies and flashes. But if there's anything I have learned from 10 years of photographing, it's that it is not what you have, it's what you do with what you have. That being said, the only thing in my bag is my Nikon D810, my 50mm 1.8g, my sb-700 flash, and some batteries.
If you're photographing portraits like this, stop focusing on the human as an element to your composition and focus on them as a human being. Pay attention to what emphasizes the beautiful parts of them, what makes them comfortable, what captures their essence as a person. Stop trying to make people "pose", instead ask them to ponder an emotion or tell them a story that elicits a reaction that shows off their best features. Think of yourself more as a photojournalist.

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