2013. január 13., vasárnap

19/52 Headshot

This week I needed a portrait for a college application, so I decided to do a bit of a Peter Hurley style headshot, so opened all my softboxes, got all my flashes, invented a new background type and generally went crazy…


About the background: I decided I was too lazy to set up the usual background, so I hanged my 5-in-1 reflector disk from a pole as a background (took the reflective surface off, used it as translucent). I placed a ChangYin CY-20 flash behind the background to blow it out nicely. I ran out of lightstands, so I put it on a Gorillapod and attached it to a lamp.


The main light was an Octobox above the camera and two softboxes on either side, a 60x90 reflective softbox to the left and a 60x60 (24”) softbox on the right. Even though both of them were set to 1/2 power, they didn’t give the same light output, the left one was a bit weaker, because it’s a reflective softbox, plus it’s also a bit bigger. I used this effect to make a very light shadow on the left side of my face.


I’m not the best model, so it usually takes a long time to get the faces I want, but this time it took more than a 100 tries to get a proper one. But at least there were a few funny ones… (plus I placed the camera badly at first, the edge of the background is in the shot)


Settings for the shot:
Exposure: 1/160 sec
Aperture: F11
ISO: 100
Focal length: 50mm
Camera: Canon 40D + EF 50mm F1.8


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