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Mixing Light

Mixing Light
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Copyright: Roger Minkow (rminkow) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3397 W: 189 N: 7476] (34772)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-05
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Mamiya Leaf, Secor 80mm F2.8
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-06-05 22:17
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have been studying the mixture of Artificial and Ambient light from Joey Lawrence's book and video. He describes a method which I used in this photo of Claus.

The background is metered with a Light meter and the exposure is decreased by about one stop. The subject is then illuminated with a single strobe (in this case a battery powered strobe and octagonal soft box) from above so that the light is shining down at 45 degrees and the pattern is Rembrandt.

If the proportions are correct the light looks totally natural and the subject stands out from the background. The Aperture used is F3.5 to blur out the background and the shutter speed 1/125th second.

I found that to get the right quality of light I had to move it back about six feet from Claus.

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To lauro: Mixing Lightrminkow 1 06-06 11:04
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This photo is one of your quality marks and at the same time an excellent meditation on photography.
Have a nice day, Roger.

Hi Roger

Whenever I see a portrait of yours, I know it's going to be good. And this one is no exception. Great detail captured in his face and clothing, nicely blurred background and great light. But I'm not telling you anything you don't already know.
It helps to have a good model with an interesting face, but you still have to know what you are doing. And you do.

I think you've lighting to it's highest degree, awesome portrait with sharp details. Very well done, tfs.

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  • lauro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 5 N: 78] (874)
  • [2014-06-06 10:32]
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Hi Roger,
This is one of yout best portraits, in my opinion at least.
Nothing much to add, everything looks natural and realistic but very interesting. The light and colors on his skin, complemented by the eyes, are just perfect.
And your notes are of course a great lesson, thank you for sharing.

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 121 W: 44 N: 32] (2229)
  • [2014-06-06 13:56]

Perfect portrait with regard to lighting and framing, even to the model.

Hello Roger, another excellent portrait of Claus, quite different from others I have viewed, from you, of your friend.
Excellent lighting and depth of field.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Hi Roger, you always seem to nail these shots but this one is really natural and doesnt even look like you used the flash..Fiona

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2014-06-07 8:25]

A masterpiece in every way, shape and form.


salut roger,
tout mes respect pour cette beautÚ,comme d'habitude
claus est parfait dans cette portrait

Hi Roger, Helpful information on using mixed lightings for taken portrait. Always enriching my photography by looking at your gallery. Lovely portrait of this guy with perfect exposure. Have a nice day

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