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Power of Bokeh



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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in my living room. Most of the portraits I shot are taken in my house itself. I guess I am too lazy to go out.
Time
This is was shot in the evening.
Lighting
Well, the bokeh behind the model is from the fairy lights. My room has lots of them stuck on different walls. I also placed a LED light behind the model to create a little separation. My key light was a flash coming from the left side of the camera but it was at a very low power. I also wrapped few light strings around the model which is lighting up her face.
Equipment
This was shot on my sony a7III camera with Sony zeiss 55 f1.8 lens. I used a Godox v860 II flash light which was off camera.
Inspiration
To be honest I love the work of Brandon Woelfel and this image is largely inspired from his style. The use of neon color tone and bokeh are all inspired by Brandon's work.
Editing
Yeah, I made some basic adjustments in Lightroom and then applied slight skin retouching in Photoshop. I also blurred the photo a little in photoshop.
In my camera bag
Apart from my Sony a7iii and a7ii, my camera bag will always have a 35mm f1.4 lens from Samyang and 85mm f1.8 from Sony. I also have Sony 28mm f2 and Sony Zeiss 55 f1.8 lens. I have 2 Godox v860ii flash lights which I use along with Magmod diffusers. I have MagSphere, MagGrid and professional color gels.
Feedback
The main thing to keep in mind while taking such photos is to keep enough distance between the background and the model otherwise the bokeh will not be very prominent. You can use Christmas light or fairy lights to create bokeh in the background. You can also use the copper wired led light strings. They creates amazing ambience. Try to shoot in the widest possible aperture that your lens allows like f1.8 / f1.4 or whatever. Good Luck!

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