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Major Nick Watts Royal Canadian Artillery



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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in my studio
Time
The photo was taken in the afternoon ,I had a session booked with Major Nick
Lighting
The lighting setup was set up for my Working Class Gallery project where I photographed different people and what they did for a living ,from firemen,welders,customs officers,chefs and so on I think I managed to photograph over 90 individuals . As far as lighting the key light was a 22" beauty dish at camera left with a grid on it. Behind the beauty dish and slightly right of the beauty dish I had a 2'x3' softbox with a grid on it to fill in the shadow areas on the face. Then positioned right behind me I had a 6' deep umbrella for overall fill just to fill in the overall shadows.
Equipment
The images was taken with a Canon 1DX , a Canon 100mm 2.8 macro lens on a studio tripod with Elinchrom lighting and modifiers .
Inspiration
The inspiration for the image was to photograph people and what they did for a living . My hope was for the indivual looking at the image would be able to tell what the subject did for a living and also photograph people in the different jobs that they do.
Editing
Yes there was a little post processing done . I did some minor adjustments in Lightroom and added a split tone adjustment. Then in photoshop I added the textured background ,some curves adjustments and a slight dodge & burn just to bring a little more punch to the shadows & highlights.
In my camera bag
In the studio I always shoot with my Canon 1DX and usually the Canon 100 mm 2.8 macro or the Zeiss 85mm 1.4 . When I'm out shooting sports & horse racing , Canon 1DX with a Canon 600mm F4 and a Canon 300mm 2.8
Feedback
My advice for people wanting to capture a similar image .Pay close attention to your lighting and study where your shadows and highlights fall. Take your time and its a good idea to work one light at a time and see what each light is doing. For these images I set up the beauty dish and took numerous photos until I had the shadows where I wanted them and how far away I wanted the light from the subject, The closer the light the softer it'll be. Once I set up the Beauty dish I placed the 2'x3' soft box behind the beauty dish and slightly to the right of the dish so that about 2/3rds of the box was catching the subject. Again I turned off the dish and just shot the soft box to see what kind off fill I was getting from just that light. Once I got to where I thought it was what I wanted I shot with both of them and used a light meter to get my correct exposure. Lastly I used a large umbrella placed right behind me & my camera for overall fill. I also just shoot a few frames with just the umbrella to see what kind of fill it was producing then shot all three and used my light meter to make sure I was getting a correct exposure. Its a good idea to get a friend or an assistant to sit in for you while you a getting your light set up. Don't have a client there sitting and waiting while you are tweaking your lights. They'll get bored really quickly lol. I hope this helps people out .In the end it all depends on what YOUR vision as a photographer is and the more you work your craft and experiment the better you'll get and you'll develop your own style.

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