January 15, 2014

Cate—No. 2


First, let’s get the technical stuff out of the way.  The background was simply a sheet on the wall and was lighted with two Elinchrom Quadra set at f/11 (about 1½ stops over the setting for Cate).  Cate was lighted with a single Elinchrom Quadra shot through a white umbrella at about eye level and to her left—I wanted a slight shadow on the right side of her face.   I used my Nikon D800 and 50mm f/1.8 lens at f/6.7.  The Nikon 50mm f/1.8 is especially sharp at f/5.6 through f/13; this f-stop also makes sure that when I focus on her eye, her entire face will be in focus. 
To me, Cate’s best features are her eyes and her mouth—and that is what I tried to emphasize in the photo.  I wanted this image to be straight-on to show off those features. 
Camera settings:  Nikon D800, 50mm f/1.8 lens, ISO 200, f/6.7 at 1/125th of a second. 
Post Processing: 
Lightroom 5—applied Nikon portrait preset, set white and black points, added vibrance.

1 comment:

  1. I like the expression, but there is something about it that does not seem to be very inviting.