I recently had a portrait session with Brent, a country & western singer and songwriter. Brent is originally from Alabama but recently moved here to promote his career. He is very natural in front of a camera, but became even more so when he picked-up his guitar.
This photo is a natural light photo. There was a very small spot in the lobby of the building where the light was streaming-in. I wanted to use that light as a spotlight on his face, but was faced with a problem—it was right in front of a pole and so I would have pole coming-out of his head. To me, it was a no brainer—light first!
If I were going to print this, I would probably try to remove the post.
Camera settings: Nikon D3x, 85mm f/1.4, ISO 400, f/4 at 1/60th of a second on a tripod.
Lightroom 4—set white and black point and increased contrast, increased clarity, contrast and sharpness in his eyes with adjustment brush and did some basic dodging and burning.