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Today’s post is about a new portrait lens I’m using. Its also about lighting.
The lens I’m using in these images is an 85mm f/1.8 (Nikon also makes this lens, but the reviews aren’t as strong as they are for the Canon). Its amazingly sharp, gives GREAT control over depth of field, its fast (f/1.8) and its relatively cheap ($400). If you don’t have this lens, rent one for your next street photography outing, family reunion, or studio shoot.
The first image is a client/studio shoot I did recently, using the 85mm. The lighting in this is complicated, perhaps more so then necessary, but essentially there was a lot of layering of light. Some of the lighting is fairly obvious. I have a background light, “rim” lights coming in from behind and both sides of the subject. Then I used two umbrellas/lights to give a base of lighting to the full torso. The last light was a beauty dish, to finish off the exposure of the face. Additionally, I shot on a neutral gray background. This allows me, with a great amount of detailed photoshop work, to tone the background exactly the way I want it. Technical: f/5.0 with the 85mm
The second image was shot this past weekend at a Johnson family reunion and the lighting was much more simple. One strobe with a large octobox (softbox). I used a shadow cast by the house to soften the direct sunlight, dialed in my exposure to manage the background and adjusted the light to what I wanted for output. I shot 30 family portraits in the afternoon using this setup. Technical: f/13 with the 85mm