How-To (/tutorial?!) Take Portraits Like ME 101!Monday, December 12, 2011
So, I'm by no means a photographer. My interest lies more in makeup and.. well ME and photography is a tool that can greatly expand my creativity in regards to the mentioned above. I took photography classes a while ago because my friend forced me but the only thing I remember is one creepy guy who attempted to kiss me in front of my friends. lol
I guess I kind of have a signature style. I prefer to use "unnatural" light...
*VERY PICTURE HEAVY*
So let's start! As listed in the "about us" section, I use a Canon T1I, mainly with a 50mm f/1.4 lens. Lighting wise I use two continuous light stands with either white or silver umbrellas and/a ring light. You can buy all these light equipment off eBay or Amazon. Use the search terms "continuous light stand (kit)" or "ring light".
Click the photos for a larger view, if you'd like to see the EXIF data for these photos, view them from my Picasa web album (click a photo then "full details page").
I drew mini photos to show you some different light set ups I use. I'm still learning!
The black rectangle is my white background. The orange oval is THE SUBJECT. The silver things are UMBRELLAS (white/silver). Yellow circle is the RING LIGHT and the black oval is the TRIPOD WITH CAMERA.
These are just with one light source with varying distances from the subject (a.k.a me). I'm just starting to play around with my white umbrella's so I don't have many different examples of this style.
The first few are using a white umbrella, afterwards the photos shown are used with the silver ones.
So there you have it! Photoshop is also a great tool to have to not just re-size but fix any colours/blemishes/lenses..whatever, you know photoshop can do! There is also, of course, natural light! I have pictures of those too but I'm tired! Maybe I'll re-edit them in.
Great resources are strobist.blogspot.com and flickr groups! Or just plain google!!