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Afzal Ansary the Photographer

Portrait of a photographer with a classic Leica camera

Portrait of a photographer with a classic Leica camera
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FergalBrady March 12, 2020
Great snap hints of George Clooney about him

Behind The Lens

I took the photo in my front room.
It was around mid-day.
There was no need to be too 'clever' with the lighting, but I felt the daylight through a netted bay window into the white room would need supplementing a little, so I bounced on camera flash off the ceiling and wall behind me. This was fairly soft and flattering.
Hand held slightly long lens on a Nikon D300 with a Nikon flash on camera.
My client and subject, Afzal Ansary, a renowned professional scientific medical photographer wanted to emulate a famous image he had seen, using his prized Leica.
Simple conversion to monochrome.
In my camera bag
My kit although modest and well out of date, is capable of high quality results. I have a Nikon D300s and a spare D300. Lenses are all zooms, including a Tamron 17 to 50mm f2.8, a Nikkor 28 to 105mm f3.5 to 4.5 and a Nikkor 80 to 200mm f2.8. A couple of speedlights and a Gary Fong "Whale Tail" modifier which I occasionally use if I can't bounce off a neutral wall. I usually have a tripod and a monopod to hand. I have an extensive collection of studio flash lights, paper backgrounds, etc. should the job require them.
There's no need to over think these types of shots. Simple, soft but directional lighting. Engage with your subject, and if detail, such as in this case, precise positioning of the subject's camera, make sure you get that right. Keep the ISO low and use a tripod if the light is poor.

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