davidparkhurst May 14, 2018
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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken at my parent's house a few days before my first paid job. Being nervous about it, I convinced my parents that they'd be good test subjects for me to work out the kinks in my lighting.
As photography is more a part-time/hobby thing I'm forced to find time to practice. This shot was taken on my lunch break the day before I was set to shoot staff photos for a local outfit.
The lighting is actually what made this photo. This was shot with an Alien Bees strobe that was malfunctioning. There was a short between the strobe and the flash trigger so every little movement made the flash fire. This was one of the last shots I took and as he had been subject to countless flashes, my father was getting rather irritated.
This was shot with a Nikon D610, 50 mm f/1.8 G, Manfrotto tripod, and an Alien Bees B800.
This was practice for staff headshots for a local company. I needed a couple of subjects to practice on and my parents just happened to be "willing" test subjects. As the shoot wore on my father started to get irritated with the malfunctioning strobe. This was one of the final shots I took before he decided he was done.
Very minimal post-processing. Shot in raw and developed in Photoshop and converted to B&W. There were some color adjustments but apart from that, it's relatively untouched.
In my camera bag
My bag usually has my Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8. I can cover a quite a bit with that focal range. Also in there is a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8. That's a fun lens to use as it's completely manual and it provides cool aspects for landscapes and is my go-to for astrophotography. Oh, my Nikon D610 is usually in there too, not much use of the other gear without it.
Play around. That's how I ended up with this image. It's really hard to more specific than that...make sure you have a grumpy dad around. That helped me a ton.

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