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Nick Christie Photography-Portrait Photographer in Middlesbrough-Ruby 5



A low key photo session I had with a young aspiring model.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This is a photo from a shoot I did with a young aspiring model, a real collaboration. It was done at home, using a black fabric backdrop, as I don't have a fancy studio.
Time
Around midday.
Lighting
Lighting was a single diffused 90cm octobox camera right with a Godox AD600 mounted inside, high on a light stand and angled about 45 degrees down. And directly to the left a Yongnuo YN560 III inside a 90cm Strip Box gridded for control, as the fill light. The strip box gives an interesting catch light in my opinion, I know some won't like it.
Equipment
Canon 5d MK III with a Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 @ 70mm and f9.0. Lighting was one Godox AD600 and one Yongnuo YN560 III.
Inspiration
I have taken a lot of bright and breezy photos in my time, and I'm honestly finding it's not my style. So, I decided, I wanted to do something moodier, more low key. I put out a model call, and Ruby responded. We had a great shoot and produced some good images together.
Editing
Post processing all done in camera raw/photoshop, basic adjustments to white balance, sharpness, blacks and whites in camera raw. Then spot healing, skin smoothing and selective enhancing of highlights and midtone darks (dodge and burn), mainly to the face but also applied to the eyes and hair, in separate layers, for more accurate adjustments.
In my camera bag
My bag contains my 5D MKIII and MKII Tamron 24-70mm f2.8, Canon 70-200mm f2.8 and a trusty canon 50mm f2.8. Three Yongnuo speedlights, trigger and the Godox AD600 (separate bag haha). I cart a lot of gear around.
Feedback
I was looking for something pretty natural, so at this stage of the shoot I let Ruby just do her thing, switching between poses. I kept quiet, the only thing Ruby heard from me was my shutter (click, click, click). It helped that Ruby knew exactly what she was doing in front of the camera. The single diffused main light was the most important part of my gear, it gave the sort of contrast I was looking for to achieve the goal I was after.

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